Omar Aljitawi, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Hematology/Oncology

MD, University of Jordan, College of Medicine, 1999
Residency, East Tennessee State University, 2001-2004
Fellowship, University of Kansas Medical Center, 2004-2007
Fellowship, City of Hope Medical Center, 2007-2008

Dr. Aljitawi is interested in exploring the interaction of stem cells with their microenvironment and in utilizing this interaction in expanding umbilical cord blood stem cells, in improving umbilical cord blood homing post- transplant, and in developing a three dimensional leukemia and myeloma in vitro models for chemotherapy testing.  Dr. Aljitawi also has been studying Wharton's jelly matrix as a scaffolding material for tissue regenerative applications like bone and cartilage regeneration.

Selected Publications

Aljitawi, OS, "Ex vivo expansion of umbilical cord blood: where are we?", International Journal of Hematology, 2012, IJHM-D-12-00018

Aljitawi OS, Xiao Y, Zhang D, Stehno-Bittel L, Garimella R, Hopkins RA, Detamore MS. (2013) Generating CK19-Postive Cells with Hair-Like Structures from Wharton's Jelly Mensenchymal Stromal Cells. Stem Cells 1;22(1):18-26.

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Omar Aljitawi, MD
Associate Professor