Postdoctoral Fellow

Sevan  Alwan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biochemistry and Structural Biology

Mentor:  Dr. Philip T. LoVerde

Phone:  210 388-9644



2017 Ph.D. Medical Microbiology Al-Nahrain University


I am working in Dr. Philip LoVerde’s laboratory to develop novel drugs to treat schistosomiasis. Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease that affects over 250 million people in 78 countries. As a postdoctoral fellow, I am focused on re-engineering an anti-schistosomal drug to make it effective against all 3 major human species of Schistosoma. I am also interested in identifying novel drug and vaccine targets to treat this devastating disease”. 


2018 The Best Dissertation in Medical Science Award, Al- Nahrain University
2019- present UT-Health San Antonio SABER (IRACDA) Scholar (NIH K12), Postdoctoral Fellow

Professional Memberships

2012-Present American Society of Microbiology
2018-Present UT Health San Antonio Postdoctoral Association (UP)


  1. Alwan S. N., Al-Dabbag R., and Baqir H. (2006). “IL-1a and IL-8 Levels in Leukopenic Leukemia Patients with Bacteremia.” Iraqi postgraduate Medical Journal. 5:128-131.
  2. Alwan S. N., Al-Dabbag R., and Baqir H. (2008). “IL-1a and IL-8 levels During Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteremia in Leucopenic Leukemea Patients.” Iraqi postgraduate Medical Journal. 7: 332-338.
  3. Alwan S N, Al-Dabbag R, Baqir H. (2008). “Nosocomial Bacteremia in Leukopenic Patients with Leukopenia in Baghdad Teaching Hospital.” Iraqi postgraduate Medical Journal. 7: 327-331.
  4. Ahmed B., Alwan S. N., and Al-Bayaa Y. (2010). “Spectrum of Bacteria in Nipple Discharge of Patients with Duct Ectasia in Iraqi Women.” Iraqi Medical Journal. 56(1): 17-20.
  5. Ahmed B. and Alwan S. (2011). “Prophylactic Antibiotic Use in Clean, Uncontaminated Neck Dissection in Thyroid Surgery.” Iraqi Medical Journal. 57:115-119. 
  6. Al-Bayaa Y., Ayoub N., and Alwan S. N. (2012). “Relationship of Neonatal Septicemia with Birth Weight.” Journal of the Faculty of Medicine, Baghdad. 54: 151-153.
  7. Alwan S. N. Anti-HCV- Positive in HBsAg-Positive Patients with Chronic Liver Diseases. International Journal of Sciences and Technology. 2012; 7:48-53. 
  8. Jasim H., Alwan S. N., and Al-Bayaa Y. (2013). “Neonatal Omphalitis in Iraq.” IOSR Journal of Applied Chemistry. 5(5): 44-47.
  9. Alwan S. N., Arif H., Al-Saffar A., Kadhim H., Fu J. and Wickes B. (2016). “Human Cytomegalovirus Infection Among Neonates with Symptomatic Congenital Infections and Birth Defects.” Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals. 14(4): 400-407.
  10. Bayati A., Al-Bayaa Y., Alwan S. N., and Al-Karkhi I. (2017). “Detection of Cytomegalovirus and Epstein Barr Virus in Placental Tissues of Aborted Women.” Biomedical and Pharmacology Journal. 10(1): 221-229.
  11. Alwan S. N., Arif H., Al-Saffar A., Kadhim H., Wickes B., and Fu J. (2017). “Frequency of Low Birth Weight Among Neonates Admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.” International Journal of Science and Nature. 8(3):639-643.
  12. Alwan S., Al-Saffar A., Bayati A., Kadhim H., Arif H., Ghaib A., Alrawi L. I., Abdulrudha S., Mohammed A. H., Saeed B., and Wickes B. (2018). “Prevalence of Cytomegalovirus in Iraqi Children.” International Journal of Medical Research & Health Science, 6 (11): 113-124
  13. Shamran H, Alwas S, Mashachal M. Detection of Human Papilloma Virus in Urine Samples from Women. (2018). JOKULL JOURNAL. 60 (5):
  14. Alwan S., Shamran H., Ghaib A., Haraj K., Kadhim H, Al-Saffar A., Bayati A., Arif H., Fu J. and Wickes B. (2018). “Genotyping of Cytomegalovirus from Symptomatic Infected Neonates.” American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Under 100(4):957-963.
  15. Meghan A. Guzman, Anastasia R. Rugel, Reid S. Tarpley, Alexander B. Taylor, Sevan N. Alwan, Frédéric D. Chevalier, Dmytro Kovalskyy, Xiaohang Cao, Stephen P. Holloway, Timothy J.C. Anderson, P. John Hart, Stanton F. McHardy, Philip T. LoVerde. An Iterative Process Produces Oxamniquine Derivatives That Kill All Human Schistosomes. PLOS Pathogens.