Yasmin Hilmi

Yasmin Hilmi

Professor of Biochemistry, Chair of Basic Sciences


Dr. Hilmi received my doctoral degree at Michigan State University, where I focused on mechanism and regulation of energy transduction in mitochondria and bacteria; kinetics, mechanics, and protein chemistry of electron transfer and proton transfer in cytochrome c oxidase. I previously taught biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology at Khartoum College of Medical Sciences for 12 years. I have performed research on cytotoxicity, antioxidant activity, enzymatic inhibition and elemental composition of some Sudanese medicinal plants used in traditional medicine, with special emphasis on plants used in the treatment of diabetes and cancer.


Michigan State University, Ph.D (2002)

University of Khartoum M.S (1995)

Classes Taught:

Biochemistry, Medical Genetics

Research and Publications:

  • Overexpression and purification of cytochrome c oxidase from Rhodobacter sphaeroides, Protein expression and purification. Mass spectrometric detection of protein, lipid and heme components of cytochrome c oxidase from R. sphaeroides and the stabilization of non-covalent complexes from the enzyme, Eur J Mass Spectrom (Chichester, Eng).
  • Chemical composition, antimicrobial and brine shrimp Lethality of the essential oil of cuminum cyminum L. International Journal of pharmaceutical and chemical sciences.
  • Essential oils of common spices traditionally used in Sudan as potential antioxidants.The Journal of Ethnobiology and Traditional Medicine. 
  • Lethality and Antioxidant Activity of some Sudanese Medicinal Plants’ Fixed Oils. European Journal of Medicinal Plants.
  • The influence of climate on determination of optimal fluoride levels in potable water in Sudan, Fluoride journal.
  • A Study of Antioxidant Activity, Enzymatic Inhibition and In vitro Cytotoxicity of Selected Traditional Sudanese Plants with Anti-diabetic Potential. 
  • BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal. Moringa oleifera as a Potential Antitumor Sudanese Medicinal Plant. The International Journal of Indigenous Medicinal Plants.
  • Plasma Zinc Status in Sudanese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes mellitus. Academy of Sciences Journal volume.