May Saab

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May Saab

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Pharmaceutical Technology Department

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May Saab

Assistant Dean/Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology

Dr. May Saab received her B.S. degree in Pharmacy from Beirut Arab University in 2003 and a Master degree in pharmaceutical technology in 2009. Based on her high academic performance she was granted a Ph.D. degree scholarship from BAU in pharmaceutical technology in 2010. She joined the faculty of pharmacy at BAU as part time teaching assistant in 2003, and then as a lecturer in 2009, and assistant professor in 2016. Dr. Saab has over 10 years of experience as a laboratory instructor of pharmaceutics, drug dosage forms, principles and kinetics of drug stability, biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics, and over 5 years of experience as a lecturer in pharmaceutical calculations and hospital pharmacy. Since 2016, Dr. Saab started delivering undergraduate courses relevant to Pharmaceutical Technology Department, including, drug dosage forms, drug delivery systems and cosme-pharmaceuticals, in addition to postgraduate courses such as natural polymers in drug delivery. Moreover, she has contributed in the development and the delivery of one of the pharmacy practice courses that involves the drug storage and distribution practices and patient education. Dr. Saab has supervised many PharmD thesis, and master thesis in pharmaceutical technology. - She is a member in the scientific committee at the Order of Pharmacists of Lebanon since 2017. She is also a member in the pharmacy colloquium committee at the ministry of education and higher education since 2016. .

Her research interests cover the field of polymer-based and modified release drug delivery systems and nanotechnology. She has published several research articles in the field of sustained/controlled and gastroretentive drug delivery systems, solid dispersions and nanoemulsions.


  • PHAR 596 Cosme-Pharmaceuticals
  • PHAR 271 Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms I
  • PHAR 361 Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms II
  • PHAR 370 Drug Delivery Systems
  • PHAR 285 Pharmacy Practice II
  • PHAR 465 Pharmacy Practice V
  • PHAR 460 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
  • PHAR 714 Natural polymers in drug delivery
  • WRNL200 WorkReadyNow

Research Interest and Recent publications

Research Interest
Polymer based and modified release drug delivery systems, and nanotechnology.

Recent Publications

Paper entitled: Transdermal delivery of capsaicin nanoemulgel: Optimization, skin permeation and in-vivo activity against diabetic neuropathy. Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin. 2022. In Press. doi: 10.34172/apb.2022.080


Paper entitled: “Knowledge and beliefs of adolescents about acne: baseline and post baseline and post-intervention assessments using an an interactive educational tool”. BAU Journal-Health and Wellbeing. 2021; 3(2): article 3.


Paper entitled: “Hand sanitizers use during covid-19 pandemic:  knowledge, preference, and adherence of a sample of the Lebanese population”. BAU Journal-Health and Wellbeing. 2021; 3(3): article 5.

Paper entitled  “Identification and quantification of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors as adulterants in dietary supplements marked for sexual enhancement in the lebanese market”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2020; 12(3):57-62


Paper entitled “Disintegration time of orally dissolving films: various methodologies and in-vitro/in-vivo correlation”. Die Pharmazie. 2019; 74 (4): 227-230.


Paper entitled “Design and preparation of controlled floating gastroretentive delivery systems for enhanced fexofenadine hydrochloride oral bioavailability. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. 2018; 17 (4): 569-576.


Paper entitled “Alternative approaches in formulating floating hollow tablets via sublimation technique; a platform tailored drug release profile”, 2016, 71: 701–708.


Paper entitled “Intrinsically floating gastroretentive tablets of salbutamol sulphate using different sublimable/release retarding materials: a comparative study. International journal of pharmacy and technology”. 2015,7(2): 8094-8109.


Paper entitled “Design and evaluation of mucoadhesive buccal patches for local delivery of chlorhexidine digluconate” in “International journal of drug formulation and research”, 2012; volume 3.


Educational visits to Mersaco:

- I have organized and supervised educational visits (2 sessions on 23/3 and 27/4 2018) to one of the top warehouses and distribution centers of pharmaceuticals in Lebanon (Mersaco). The visit is a part of educational activities within the course of Pharmacy Practice II for level II students. It aims to inform the students about the different processes encountered in the warehouse and distribution center of pharmaceuticals and to show the students the relevance between academia and practice.

- The students of level II were divided into two groups. Mersaco (Lebanese agent/distributor of pharmaceutical and cosmetics products) hosted the first group on 23/3/2018 while the second group was hosted on 27/4/2018.

- The students had the opportunity to visit two sites, the main warehouse in Mkalles and the distribution center in Chiyah. During the tour, Mr. Fadi Badr the logistics Manager at Mersaco has thoroughly explained the processes from the time of receiving the shipment of pharmaceuticals to the time of its the distribution to community pharmacies and health care institutions.