Zahraa graduated from Pharmacy School with a BSc. Pharmacy in 1996. She enrolled in a one year Clinical Pharmacy training course in 1997. She worked as a Clinical Pharmacist in hospitals overseas. Zahraa was Lead Clinical Pharmacist in three of the hospitals that she worked in and she became a Specialist Cardiac Pharmacist in 2003. After been granted a Chevening Scholarship (UK Government’s International Awards Scheme aimed at developing global leaders) to study for a Masters Degree. She enrolled onto the Clinical Pharmacy International Practice and Policy course at University of London School of Pharmacy, where she finished her MSc. in Clinical Pharmacy in 2009 with Distinction; during this course she had the opportunity to develop her research skills at The Harley Street Clinic in London.
In 2010 Zahraa taught Clinical Pharmacology to Medical Students and also worked to develop and implement a collaboration project (secured funding from UK Department for International Development) between Higher Education Institutions. This programme led to the development of a Clinical Pharmacy Diploma in a developing country. In 2012 Zahraa commenced her PhD in Clinical Pharmacy at UCL School of Pharmacy and graduated in 2016.
During her PhD she designed and executed a pilot randomised trial of a novel intervention in community pharmacy (collaborative work UCL School of Pharmacy, The London Chest Hospital and North East London Local Pharmaceutical Committee). During her time at UCL, Zahraa taught on the MPharm programme and delivered lectures on Cardiovascular Medicine, she helped support the MSc.CPIPP in OSCEs and PBLs. Zahraa designed and delivered workshops on primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases to London Postgraduate Pharmacists as CPD courses. Zahraa also worked at UCL Research Department of Practice and Policy as a Researcher from 2011-2016. In 2016 Zahraa joined the team at College of Medical and Dental Sciences as a Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy.