Sahar Saleem

Professor of Radiology, Mummy Expert & Public Speaker

Professor of Radiology

                         Kasr AlAiny Faculty of Medicine

Mummy Expert

Member of The Egyptian Mummy Project


 Books, articles

  Winner of ' PROSE" 2017: The Best Popular Science book- 2017

By The American Publishers 

Winner of CHOICE 2016: Outstanding Academic Title

By ACRL The American Association of College & Research Libraries

Keynote & Public Speaker

Public lectures and Conferences 

National Geographic Explorer

in Several archaeological Projects:  Royal mummies of New Kingdom; Harem Conspiracy; Queens of Egypt; Saqqara Saite tombs

It's a story of art, science, and history told with a lot of passion 

 Featured Projects

CT scanning of the Royal mummies 


Sahar Saleem, a leader member of the Egyptian Mummy Project, participated in the CT scanning of the royal mummies of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt with the renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass. Tutankhamun, Amenhotep III, Tiye, Seti I, Ramesses II, Ramesses III, and many more were among the examined royals. 

The groundbreaking findings of the study  included Intriguing theories about the death of Ramesses III , new evidences regarding beautification and insertion of skin fillers, clearing up long-standing misdiagnosis of mummy diseases, discovery of unique jewels and amulets in the mummies. Saleem published the results of the study in 10  scientific articles as well as a  book 'Scanning the Pharaohs-2016'. 

"Scanning the Pharaohs' got several awards:  The Best Popular Science book by PROSE (American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence)-2017. And 'The Best Academic Title ' Award by CHOICE-2016.


Fetal MRI 

(Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the fetus)

Sahar Saleem is an international expert and a pioneer in fetal Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Saleem started her practice in fetal MRI in Cairo in 2003, to be the first in the Middle East to provide this unique clinical service. Saleem designed the first protocol for MRI of the fetal heart and was awarded Cum Laude by Radiological Society of North America in 2007. 

Saleem is also an international expert in fetal brain and spine imaging. Saleem participated in  successful in-utero treatment of Joubert Syndrome, a devastating congenital brain malformation, using gene therapy. 

Since 2003 till date, Sahar Saleem studied more than 1000 fetuses. Saleem published the results of her fetal imaging studies in 15 scientific articles in prestigious scientific journals, more than 30 papers in conferences, and chapters in 3 books. Several prestigious scientific societies awarded Saleem for her studies on fetal MRI . 


Imaging of Brain malformations in Egypt

  • Sahar Saleem  intensely studied congenital brain malformation from 2000 to 2018 in collaboration with the National Research Centre in Egypt and  Rockefeller University-New York-USA
  • The results helped to create a database of patients with recessive brain malformations in Egypt, to determine their genetic causes,  and to help in understanding the pathology. 
  • Saleem's studies helped to provide in-utero gene therapy for a congenital brain malformation (Joubert Syndrome) (Nature Medicine 2011)
  • Sahar Saleem described several de Novo syndromes:

Current Projects

Year 2020

 Saqqara (Dr Zahi Hawass excavation site-

November 2020

CT scanning of a mummy from Fag el Gamos

April 2020 

3D CT scan image of Mummy from Fag el Gamos
3D CT scan image of Mummy from Fag el Gamos

CT scanning of Mummies from Assassif


CT scanning of The Royal Mummies of The New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt (Phase II) 

X-raying mummies of Saqqara Saite Tomb Project

CT scanning of The Taramsa Pre-historic Skeleton 

Coming Events
USA in Dec 2019

Public lectures tour