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.



  • Interview on Radio Liban Station during Panorama episode to talk about drug storage and expiry dates, and highlighting on the best storage conditions of pharmaceutical products and the importance of adherence to the expiry date with an emphasis on specific medications (4th June 2022).
  • Participation in an online focus group on 26/1/22, to discuss individual resilience among academic faculty in pharmacy educational institutions in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) that was endorsed by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
  • Interview on radio delta about Tomooh program for scholarship, with an emphasis on academic and career advise for students (June 2021)
  • Contributing in the process of storing the pharmaceuticals within the appropriate storage conditions and dispensing medications to the community within BAUHC Pharmacy (2020)
  • Taking the initiative in the manufacturing of hand sanitizers to supply the shortage in hospitals and health centers during Covid 19 outbreak and to provide it to all BAU staff members to maximize the precaution measures against this pandemic (2020)
  • Interview as an academic professor about Pharmacy Profession for Lebanese Pharmacy Students Association (2018)
  • Participation in the event “World pharmacists’ day”, on 1 October 2018, at BAU, Beirut Campus, where I provided counseling tips about cosmeceuticals for BAU employees and staff members.
  • Participation in the event of Zonta club of Beirut, closing the loop on breast cancer on 29 April 2017
  • Member in the Quality medication committee and member in university teachers committee at the Order of Pharmacists of Lebanon (2022)
  • Member in the academic board committee at the Order of Pharmacists of Lebanon (2016-2018)
  • Member in the pharmacy colloquium committee at the ministry of education and higher education (since 2016 till this date
  • Supervision and coordination of “Open Door” day as a representative of faculty of Pharmacy (2016-2019)
  • Active participation in the open house postgraduate studies as a representative of the faculty of pharmacy (2017-2022)
  • Participation as an assessor in the OSCE exit exam of senior pharmacy students (2018)
  • Contributing in the design, preparation and delivery of one the workshop session (performance-based assessment) of Third Forum on Advancing Pharmacy Education, Role of Assessment in Pharmacy Education, that was organized on May 8-9, 2018-Beirut Arab University (BAU), Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Facilitator in interprofessional education IPE course (2016, 2017)
  • Studying course transfer of students from other faculties and Universities (2021 till this date)
  • Organizing visits to pharmaceutical companies (i.e. Mersaco) and contributing in setting internship agreements with such companies (2022).
  • Academic advising (2016 till this date)
  • Contribution in attaining the accreditation from the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs” through participation in curriculum development and designing competency based rubric forms. (2014-2017).
  • Quality Assurance Activities (Development of courses specifications and preparing course files..), (2016 till this date)