Facilitators

Through the process of conducting the Educational Institutes, the National Academies have developed partnerships with many individuals and institutions internationally. Many exceptional scientists and academics have assisted in facilitating Institutes and workshops in their home countries and at their institutions.

Alaa Ibrahim, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Alaa Ibrahim is an associate professor of space astrophysics and the chair of the university outreach program at the American University in Cairo. He graduated from Cairo University in 1991, top of his class with a BSc in Physics, then moved to the U.S. for the next 10 years to pursue his graduate education. He received an MSc in particle physics from the University of Maryland, College Park and then an MSc and PhD in Space Astrophysics from George Washington University. He worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland during 1997 – 2004 and he remains affiliated with George Washington University as an adjunct faculty member. During 2008 – 2009, Dr. Ibrahim was a Fulbright Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His other academic visits included Harvard and University of Cambridge, among others. Following more than a decade in the United States, Dr. Ibrahim returned to Egypt to work towards materializing the paradigm he witnessed in the U.S. and Europe of integrating cutting edge research, innovative teaching, and public service and community outreach at academic institutions. His most significant research work includes the discovery (announced in a NASA press release) of a new class of neutron stars, known as Transient Magnetars, that possess the highest magnetic field in the universe (10^15 Gauss), capable of inducing star-quakes that send off powerful bursts of X-rays and Gamma-rays that at times ionize the Earth’s atmosphere although originating halfway across the Milky Way. Dr. Ibrahim leads the Egyptian space astrophysics groups whose students are now in Cambridge University, Harvard, and Max Planck Institute. Dr. Ibrahim’s teaching methodology involves community-based and experiential learning that both enhance students learning while serving and building bridges with the society. Dr. Ibrahim has a passion for science communication and community outreach. He founded the Science and Society Initiative and its projects such as the Cairo Science Festival, Egypt Science Bus and Science Lantern, Star Gazing, and is a frequent TV science commentator. He also writes for National Geographic (the Arabic edition) and translates and reviews the Arabic version of Scientific American. He is involved in development and public service activities that aim to sustain and empower the intellectual and scientific capital in the developing world; nurture the next generation of scientists, and enhance the public perception and understanding of science and its role in development (e.g. the Seeds of Opportunity undergraduate research program and the Stars of Science invited essays collection.)

Abeer Abd-Elhameed Alm-Eldeen, Tanta University, Egypt

Abeer Abd-Elhameed Alm-Eldeen is a professor of Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Egypt. She received a doctorate in 2001 after spending two years as a visiting researcher at Niigata University School of Medicine, Japan. She is a full professor since 2012. She is the author of more than 22 scientific papers published in local and international peer-reviewed journals. She is currently supervising more than 14 masters and PhD students. Recently, she is interested in stem cell research. Her study was focusing on generation of insulin-producing cells from renewable and limitless stem cells. She got a TWAS-CAS fellowship in 2010 and 2012. During these fellowships at Kunming Institute of Zoology in China, she had the chance to go deeply through learning various advanced molecular techniques which she is currently working to establish in her lab at Tanta University. She is also an international certified trainer and HRD consultant. She serves as a director of both training and HRD units at the Faculty of Science, Tanta University. In 2013, she received an innovation award in teaching and learning from the Ministry of Higher Education for the successful use of a Gilford model for innovative thinking in teaching the course of the animal biodiversity to 625 level-one students at the Faculty of Science. She is interested in implementing the active learning techniques at her institute to enhance the learning process, hopefully to fulfill the international standards. Therefore, she got three competitive funded projects in 2012, 2014 and 2015 from the Ministry of higher Education to enhance the professional development of the students using the active learning, especially in the fields of lab safety and research ethics.

Mahmmoud Sayed Abd El-Sadek, South Valley University, Egypt

Mahmmoud Sayed Abd El-Sadek is a lecturer in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, South Valley University, in Qena, Egypt. He received his doctorate in nanomaterials physics in 2009 at Anna University in Chennai, India. He has authored more than 33 research papers, published in peer-reviewed journals of international commendation. He was the recipient of a scientific publication award from his institution five times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) for being a prolific publisher of research papers in international journals. He was also an Erasmus Fundus Fellow at the Department of Chemical Physics, Lund University, Sweden. He was granted the Partnership and Ownership Initiative (ParOwn) for post-doctoral fellowship at Nottingham University, UK. Currently, he serves as the focal point of the European Union’s RDI Program. He is also the Director of Research and Scientific Publications Centre and the Scientific Counselor for Technology at South Valley University. His interest in scientific teaching is based on teaching recent scientific technologies such as nanotechnology and use of modern methods in education.

Mohamed Abo Hassan Helal, Suez Canal University, Egypt

Mohamed Helal is currently working as an assistant professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Suez Canal University. After graduating from the same faculty, he studied selective inhibition of COX-2 enzyme for his masters. Five years after completing his masters, he received his PhD from the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Mississippi, USA, for studying Melanin Concentrating Hormone Receptor-1 (MCHR-1) for the management of metabolic disorders. His PhD study of both organic synthetic and computational chemistry provided Dr. Helal with a comprehensive overview of modern medicinal chemistry. Moreover, participation in four international and local conferences and affiliation with world scientific societies such as ACS, AAPS, and Rho Chi has enhanced Dr. Helal’s research and communication skills. Furthermore, publication in the most cited international journals in the field of medicinal chemistry has strengthened his capabilities of conducting high-end scientific research and preparing quality manuscripts. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator of two research project funded by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF), Egypt. He is also involved in several volunteering programs with Intel ISEF Egypt, Misr Elkheir Foundation, and the National Academy of Sciences, USA.

Sherif Ibrahim, Cairo University, Egypt

Sherif Ibrahim, a lecturer of cell biology, Cancer Biology Research Laboratory, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Egypt. He obtained his MSc in Physiology at the University of Cairo, Egypt in 2006, studying the role of p53 in apoptosis of hepatic cell carcinoma. Afterwards, Dr. Ibrahim was competitively selected for full PhD DAAD scholarship in breast cancer research (2008 – 2011) in Prof. Dr. Martin Gotte Laboratory at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Munster University Hospital, Munster University, Germany. He studied the role of cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycan, Syndecan-1, in breast cancer progression. From 2011-2012, he continuied his research on Syndecan-1 and cancer stem cells at the same institute as a postdoc. Dr. Ibrahim is the recipient of the Cairo University Award for international publications for three consecutive years. Dr. Ibrahim is a PI of DAAD AI Tawasul Project ID 56808461, Grant Title: Syndecan-1 in inflammation. Awarded 2012-2014 and Reintegration Grant ID 6309, grant title: Syndecan-1 as a novel therapeutic target for putative stem cells in inflammatory breast cancer, awarded 2014-2017. For the first time, Dr. Ibrahim established a novel teaching curriculum on cancer stem cell function at the Faculty of Science of Cairo University, which is in collaboration with Munster University in Germany. Dr. Ibrahim is a supervisor of four masters students and one PhD student in breast cancer research. Dr. Ibrahim has an excellent experience and is well-trained in a broad spectrum of cell biological and biochemical techniques, including numerous functional cell biological assays, all standard biochemical and molecular biological techniques, as well as advanced methods such as time-lapse and confocal microscopy and functional microRNA analysis. Dr. Ibrahim has been working for more than 13 years on cancer.