Project-Specific Committee Members

The steering committee and NAS staff have formed collaborative relationships with a number of exceptional scientists and academics located in a number of countries including the United States. The individuals listed below have served as committee members or facilitators in one or more Institutes or workshops.

Project-Specific Committee Members

Samira Al-Eryani, Sana’a University, Yemen

Samira Mohammed Al-Eryani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Sana’a University in Yemen. She obtained an MSc in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London (2002) and a PhD from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool (2009) for research on the vectorial parameters of malaria transmission in Yemen. She is a member of the Centre of Medical Education, serving on the committee that is developing the resource centre for teaching materials at Sana’a University. She teaches Medical Entomology and Medical Parasitology and supervises research students both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. During 2012, Dr. Al-Eryani participated in the first MENA Institute that took place in Aqaba, Jordan. Following completion of the Institute, she received a grant and conducted a workshop on mentoring. As a medical entomologist, the areas of her research that interest her most are arthropod vectors, particularly malaria and dengue, and in the subsequent control of these vector-borne diseases. Dr. Al-Eryani is in the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean consultant roster for vector control experts. She has provided technical support to the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in control of the vector-borne diseases prevalent in Yemen and evaluated the programme’s performance in vector control as part of the mid-term review of the programme’s Yemen strategic plan (2011 – 2013). Currently, Dr. Al-Eryani is supporting the NMCP in operational research, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, to demonstrate cost-effective and sustainable DDT alternatives for vector-control of malaria. She is also involved in a major project for the implementation of the nationwide “Prevalence Mapping of Schistosomiasis and Soil-transmitted Helminths in Yemen.”

Huda Basaleem, Aden University, Yemen

Huda Basaleem is a public health and community medicine consultant. Currently, she is the Head, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, Director of Aden Cancer Registry and Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Aden University. Dr. Basaleem is a member of the Organization for Women in Sciences and Development (OWSD), the International Epidemiological Association (IEA), the Yemeni Association for Women in Science and Technology, SOUL Organization for Women and Child Health, the International Association for Cancer Registries (IACR) and the Asian-Pacific Network for Cancer Registries (ACRN). She is a member of the editorial board of the Saudi Medical Journal, the International Reviewer Panel of Medical Science Monitor, the American Journal of Food and Nutrition, the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Therapeutics, and the Hadramount Medical Journal. Dr. Basaleem also works as a coordinator in the Community Medicine diploma program at the Yemeni Council of Medical Specialization and as a trainer in research methodology, statistics, cancer
control/prevention, health curricula design and evaluation, early childhood development,
women’s health and children’s health. Dr. Basaleem’s focuses of research interest are public health, bioethics, nutrition, women and child health, women empowerment, and cancer control, particularly reproductive cancer. Dr. Basaleem is currently taking part in a regional research network in the Middle East and North Africa called GRACE (Gender Research in Africa and the Middle East into ICT’s for Empowerment). Dr. Basaleem performed several consultancies as a principal investigator for UNICEF, World Bank, EU, and Foundation for Future. She has had many articles published in regional and international peer reviewed journals. In 2013, Dr. Basaleem received Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientists in Life Sciences in the Developing World as a representative of the Arab region. Dr. Basaleem holds an M.B.Ch.B (Yemen), an MPH
majoring in nutrition (Egypt), a PhD (Malaysia), and a Diploma in International Child & Youth Care for Development, (Victoria University, Canada).

Halima Benbouza, Batna University, Algeria

Pr. Halima Benbouza received her doctorate in 2004 from the University Agro BioTech Gembloux, Belgium studying Plant Breeding and Genetics and was offered a postdoctoral position to work on a collaborative project with the Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture in Stoneville, Mississippi. Subsequently, Pr. Benbouza was funded by Dow Agro Science to study Fusarium wilt resistance in cotton. In 2009 she was awarded the Special Prize Eric Daugimont et Dominique Van der Rest by the University Agro BioTech Gembloux, Belgium. Pr. Benbouza is Professor at Batna University where she teaches graduate and postgraduate students in the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Agronomy and the Faculty of Biology Faculty. She also supervises Master’s and PhD students. From 2010-2016, she was selected by the Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research at the position of Director of the Biotechnology Research Center in Constantine, Algeria, to set up and develop this newly founded research institution. In 2011 she was appointed by the Algerian government to be President of the Intersectoral Commission of Health and Life Science. Pr. Benbouza is a member of the Algerian National Council for Research Evaluation and of the Sectorial Permanent Board of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. In 2013, the Prime Minister appointed her to be the President of the steering committee of the Biotech Pharma project in Algeria. In 2014, Pr. Benbouza was awarded the best scientific Arabic women “Women in Science Hall of Fame” for 2014 by State Department initiated. In 2016, was distinguished for the “culture of merit”, by the Algerian Ministry of Communication. In the same year, she was ranked among the 6 best Africans Scientific Women who advance science in Africa, by the “Next Einstein Forum (NEF)”. Due to her to promote the culture of conducting a responsible science and research integrity and she was appointed by the government to represent Algeria in Bioethics commission at UNESCO.

Enriqueta Bond, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, USA

Enriqueta Bond served, from 1994 to 2008, as the first full time President of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF), a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. During her presidency, Dr. Bond guided BWF in its transition from a corporate to a private independent foundation. Prior to joining the BWF, Dr. Bond served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Institute of Medicine. In 1997, Dr. Bond was elected as a full member to the Institute of Medicine. In 2004, she was elected as a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her distinguished contributions to the study and analysis of policy for the advancement of the health sciences. Dr. Bond is Chairman of the NRC’s Board on African Science Academy Development and a member of the Forum on Microbial Threats. She is a past member of the Report Review Committee as well as numerous other study committees. Dr. Bond is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2008 Order of the Long Leaf Pine award from the state of North Carolina. This is the highest honor the governor can bestow on a citizen and was awarded to Dr. Bond for her efforts to improve science education for children of North Carolina. She has also received the Institute of Medicine Walsh McDermott Medal, in recognition of distinguished service to the National Academies, and the National Academy of Sciences Professional Staff Award. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, her MA from the University of Virginia, and her PhD in molecular biology and biochemical genetics from Georgetown University.

Lay Ching Chai, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Lay Ching Chai is a senior lecturer at Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya. She is one of the four young researchers from Malaysia who had participated in the Educational Institute on Responsible Science, which was organized by Academy Science of Malaysia and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences on Guaust 17-22, 2013. She has then conducted an RCR workshop at the University and has also participated in events planned by other participants from the Institute held in faculties of other Malaysian higher education institutions. Lay Ching Chai is actively engaged in teaching, research and provides trainings to governmental agencies on research methodology and microbiological risk assessment. She focuses her research on transmission and dissemination of human pathogens via food and water. She has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals with more than 100 citations (based on ResearcherID). Lay Ching Chai is listed as risk assessor Maalysia under ASEAN Expert Group of Food Safety (AEGFS) to help in conducting risk assessment on food safety issue in ASEAN.

John Clements, Tulane University, USA

John Clements is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine. After recieving his doctorate in 1979 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, Dr. Clements completed a National Research Council Associateship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. In 1980, Dr. Clements was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY. In 1982. Dr. Clements joined the faculty at Tulane University. Dr. Clements has served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology since 1999. Dr. Clements served as Vice Dean for Research from 2006 to 2009 and in 2009 was appointed Director of the Tulane Center for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Clements maintains an active research program focused on development of vaccines against infectious diseases. His research has been continuously funded from a variety of Public Health Service and Department of Defense sources. He is currently Director of the Tulane/Xavier Vaccine Peptide Program, both supported by the Department of Defense. Dr. Clements is also Co-Director of the South Louisiana Vaccine Center, both collaborative projects between Tulane University and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Research in Dr. Clements’ laboratory has resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and thirteen issued patents. Dr. Clements has served on numerous scientific panels and Editorial Boards. He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Western Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense Research and the PATH Enteric Vaccine Initiative. In 2003, Dr. Clements was trained as a UN Weapons Inspector (Biologic) in the 7th United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC). In 2003, and again in 2004, Dr. Clements served as a member of the Iraq Survey Group as a Subject Matter Expert in weapons of mass destruction and dual use equipment and programs.

Rita Colwell, University of Maryland, USA

Rita Colwell is a Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, senior adviser and chairman emeritus at Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. and president and CEO of CosmosID, Inc. Her research interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health. Colwell is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world. Colwell served as the eleventh director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1998 to 2004. In her capacity as NSF director, she served as co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. One of Colwell’s major interests is K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education, and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering. She has held many advisory positions in the US government, nonprofit science policy organizations, and private foundations, as well as in the international scientific research community. Colwell is a nationally-respected scientist and educator, and has authored or co-authored 17 books and more than 750 scientific publications. she produced the award-winning film, “Invisible Seas,” and has served on editorial boards of numerous scientific journals. Before joining NSF, Colwell was president of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and a professor of microbiology and biotechnology. She was also a member of the National Science Board from 1984 to 1990. Colwell has previously served as chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology, as well as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Washington Academy of Sciences, the American Society for Microbiology, the Sigma Xi National Science Honorary Society, and the International Union of Microbiological Societies. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, the Royal Society of Canada, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She is immediate past-president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). Colwell has been awarded 55 honorary degrees from institutions of higher education, including her alma mater, Purdue University. She is the recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, bestowed by the Emperor of Japan; the 2006 National Medal of Science, awarded by the President of the United States; and the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize, awarded by the King of Sweden. Colwell is an honorary member of the microbiological societies of the UK, Australia, France, Israel, Bangladesh, Czechoslovakia, Royal Irish Academy and the US. She has held several honorary professorships, including the University of Queensland, Australia. A geological site in Antarctica, called Colwell Massif, has been named in recognition of her work in the polar regions.

James DuBois, Washington University School of Medicine, USA

James DuBois, DSc, PhD is the Steven J. Bander Professor of Medical Ethics and Professionalism, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Center for Clinical and Research Ethics at Washington University School of Medicine in the Division of General Medical Sciences. DuBois completed his PhD in philosophy at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein and his DSc in psychology at the University of Vienna in Austria, where he focused on cross-cultural moral psychology. He directs the NIH-funded Professionalism and Integrity in Research program (PI Program), which offers personalized assessments, a group workshop, and post-workshop coaching calls to help researchers operate professionally in today’s complex environments. He is the founding Editor (with Ana Iltis) of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. He is a Board Certified Coach (BCC) specialized in career coaching for researchers. His research interests include: research ethics in mental health, understanding and preventing ethical lapses in healthcare and research, ethics in organ transplantation, assessing moral development and education, and empirical research on ethical issues.

Mohamed Mostafa Elhadidy, Mansoura University, Egypt

Mohamed Mostafa Elhadidy is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at Mansoura University, Egypt. He has more than 13 years of experience in microbiology and 11 years of teaching experience, primarily related to DVM-level microbiology and molecular biology courses. Dr. Elhadidy holds a DVM degree from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Mansoura University in Egypt. He obtained his Master’s degree in 2006 in Microbiology from School of Veterinary Medicine, Mansoura University and obtained his PhD (2010) in Microbiology from Virginia Tech University, USA and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt (via a joint-supervision PhD program). From 2011 – 2014, Dr. Elhadidy served as a research scientist in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada; as a Research Associate at the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Bristol; and as a visiting scientist at the University of Gent, Belgium. He is an author of more than 25 international scientific publications in this field, including peer reviewed articles and conference papers. He is a member of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), Society of Applied Microbiology and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and a reviewer and editor of many international microbiology journals.

Mohamed El-Faham, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

Mohamed El-Faham is Scientific Advisor and Director of the Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP) at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. He is also a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Control Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria. He received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alexandria and his MSc and DSc in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and is author or co-author of a number of publications. As the Director of CSSP, he monitors supporting young researchers through a number of programs through the Bibliotheca Alexandrina CSSP Research Grants program for post-doctoral Egyptian researchers, and the Micro-Research Grants for innovative Egyptian children. He also manages a series of events aimed at capacity building for researchers in the fields of science, technology and education. He also assists in linking Arab scientists and researchers through the hosted Arab Regional Office of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Since 2012, Dr. El-Faham has been on a number of committees of the National Academy of Sciences, including Teaching Responsible Science in Egypt, 2nd MENA Education Institute on Responsible Science, Education Institute on Responsible Science in Malaysia, and Educational Institute for Responsible Research on Infectious Diseases: Ensuring Safe Science in the 21st Century.

Mohamed El-Sayed El-Shinawi, Ain Shams University, Egypt

Mohamed El-Sayed El-Shinawi is an Associate Professor in the Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, at Ain Shams University in Egypt. Dr. El-Shinawi is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a consultant on general surgery in several hospitals in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He is also the lead trainer of the Sequential Trauma Educational Programs (STEPs) conducted in Egypt in collaboration with The University of Maryland, USA. He is the President of Ain Shams Medical Student Research Association and a member of several prestigious local and international associations and societies, including the American Association of Cancer Research and the Breast and Gynecological International Cancer Society. Dr. El-Shinawi is pursuing a career in trauma and emergency care. He is the head of the Emergency Hospital at Ain Shams University and has successfully completed several local and international training courses in the fields of trauma, emergency care, laparoscopic and breast surgery. He is an affiliate of the University of Maryland in the area of injury research. Dr. El-Shinawi has been awarded several scholarships and awards nationally and internationally, including the award for 1st Place Abstract Winner in the 6th Middle East Best of CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference in Saudi Arabia in 2012. He was awarded “special guest status” at the ACEP scientific assembly in October 2011 and his biography was included in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare 2011-2012 (8th Edition). Dr. El-Shinawi has more than 20 peer reviewed publications and more than 30 oral and poster presentations worldwide in the fields of breast cancer, trauma and general surgery. He is currently supervising more than 40 junior physicians in masters and doctoral programs. He is directing breast cancer awareness programs at Ain Shams University and is an investigator on four projects regarding breast cancer in collaboration with different institutes, academies and universities in the United States. He is the recipient of several grants from the United States National Academy of Science and the Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award.

Indrani Karunasagar, Nitte University, India

Indrani Karunasagar has been a researcher in the field of fish health management and aquaculture product safety for over 3 decades. She has several innovations, patents, commercialized technologies and publications to her credit in these areas. She has done pioneering research in the area of biocontrol of diseases in aquaculture and commercialized technologies for bacteriophage-based disease control in aquaculture systems. She holds a patent on technology for biocontrol of luminous bacteria in shrimp hatcheries and a product “Luminil” based on this technology is already in use in aquaculture systems. She has another patent on use of lytic enzymes from bacteriophages for treating bacterial infections. her research on Vibrio spp including both human pathogens and aquaculture pathogens has been globally recognized. She has patented technology for rapid detection of Vibrio spp in shrimp hatcheries, which is a useful index of health in a shrimp hatchery. Her work on human pathogenic Vibrio spp, particularly on V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus is highly cited. Her research on ecology and virulence of Vibrio spp associated with aquaculture systems has been widely cited in text books and FAO/WHO risk assessments. Her laboratory characterized variable genetic regions in white spot syndrome viruses in India (Virology 376, 24-30, 2008) and published complete nucleotide sequences of two shrimp viruses (Virus Res 150: 1-11; Virus Res 158: 37-45, 2011). She led the introduction of molecular techniques for pathogen detection in aquaculture in India and PCR kits developed in her laboratory are in use not only in India but also in other countries in South Asia. She has four patents related to technology for detection of shrimp viruses. Two decades ago, she alerted the scientific community about emergency of antibiotic resistant pathogens in aquaculture with her paper in the Journal Aquaculture (Karunasagar et al., Aquaculture 128: 203-208, 1994), which has received over 400 citations. Her work on biofilm formation by pathogens in aquaculture and fish processesing systems (Aquaculture 140: 241-245, 1996, Int. J. Food Microbiol. 64:367-372, 2001) are widely cited (over 200 citations). Her research has demonstrated the potential of several bacterial outer membrane proteins as broad spectrum vaccine candidates in aquaculture (Vaccine 25:1157-1158, 2007; Microbiol. Res 167:1-7, 2011; Res Microbiol. 163: 286-291, 2012; Vet Immunol Immunopathol 149: 298-301, 2012). According to SCOPUS citation analysis, her h-index is 30, which shows the productivity and impact of her research and this is in addition to patents and commercialized technologies. She has edited one book (Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology, Science Publishers, US 1999) and authored chapters in several books published by reputed international publishing houses, eg. Fish Vaccination (John Wiley & Sons), Methods in Microbiology (Elsevier) and other books published by Springer, Wiley Blackwell, Horizon Press and Nottingham Press. She has authored two chapters in UNESCO-Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (ELOSS).

Fatima Lamchouri, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco

Fatima Lamchouri is a Professor at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Taza, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University of Fez, Morocco since 2003. She is the Head of the Biology Department, Director of the Laboratory of Materials, Natural Substances, Environment and Modeling (LMSNEM), and responsible for the research theme “Natural Substances and Environment”. She received her doctorate in Physiology and Pharmacology in January 2000. Her research interests include medicinal plants, natural substances, environment, phytochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, experimental oncology and molecular modeling. Dr. Lamchouri was appointed as an Inaugural Member of the Advisory Board on Education and Outreach of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in January 2016. Dr. Lamchouri has been a member of the executive officers (Assistant Treasurer) of the Moroccan Biological Safety Association (AMBS) since 2009 and has been involved in many national and international conferences, seminars, training programs in the fields of biosafety, biosecurity and dual-use in Morocco, USA, Slovenia, Bradford (England), Italy, Jordan and Turkey. She has also facilitated training and educational activities on these topics for AMBS and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She has actively participated in and promoted the education and awareness for biosafety, biosecurity, dual-use and responsible science in Moroccan Universities. Dr. Lamchouri currently serves as the Vice President of the Moroccan Society of Medicinal Chemistry, Polydisciplinary Division of Taza.

Adel A. F. Mahmoud, Princeton University, USA

Adel A. F. Mahmoud, MD, PhD, is a professor in molecular biology and public policy at Princeton University, and former president of Merck Vaccines of Merck & Company, Inc. Before that, he served at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals as chairman of medicine and physician in chief. Dr. Mahmoud’s academic pursuits focused on investigations of the determinants of infection and disease in human schistosomisis and helminthic infections. He has led efforts to develop new vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, rotavirus, shingles, and human papillomavirus. Dr. Mahmoud served as a member of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences in 1987 and has served on numerous committees. For example, his leadership in setting global health strategies shaped the agenda of the IOM Forum on Microbial Threats by tackling such topical issues as biological threats and bioterrorism; SARS; and pandemic flu. He received an MD from the University of Cairo and a PhD from the University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Mona Mostafa Mohamed, Cairo University, Egypt

Mona Mostafa Mohamed is a Professor of Cell Biology and the Head of the Cancer Biology Research Laboratory, Faculty of Science, at Cairo University in Egypt. Upon completion of her doctorate at Cairo University, Dr. Mohamed was competitively selected for a prestigious Avon-AACR International Scholar Award in breast cancer research (2005-2007). She was one of only 12 recipients selected from several hundred applicants. Dr. Mohamed’s research interests focus on studying the interactions in breast cancer among inflammatory macrophages, their associated cytokines and proteolytic enzymes. Dr. Mohamed is also interested in determining if a strongly suspected viral infection plays a role in the etiology of inflammatory breast cancer. Dr. Mohamed’s ultimate goal is to understand the mechanisms by which heterogeneous subpopulations of macrophages may induce breast cancer progression and identifying novel targets for drug development. Upon her return home to Egypt in 2007, Dr. Mohamed was awarded a start-up grant from the Avon Foundation and Cairo University to establish the first specified breast cancer biology laboratory (www.cbrl.cu.edu.eg). This state-of-the-art laboratory has focused on breast cancer research since 2007, and since its inception the lab has achieved outstanding results in breast cancer research. Since 2007, Dr. Mohamed has supervised 13 MSc and PhD theses in breast cancer research. Dr. Mohamed was also recently selected to enter the 2012 Women in Science Hall of Fame for her scientific accomplishments to date.

Miguel Roig, St. John’s University, USA

Miguel Roig, PhD is a professor of psychology at the Staten Island campus of St. John’s University. He became interested in the problem of plagiarism in the middle of 1990s when he first explored the topic within the context of academic dishonesty. That work led him to expand his examination of plagiarism and of other unethical writing and publication practices in the sciences and in other areas of scholarship. Miguel has lectured widely on these topics, has consulted as a subject matter expert on a number of legal cases and has also written instructional resources on avoiding plagiarism for the U.S. Office of Research Integrity and for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative. He currently serves on a number of journal editorial boards and is also a member of the board of directors for the Center for Scientific Integrity, the parent organization of Retraction Watch.

Laila Sbabou, Mohamed V University, Morocco

Laila Sbabou is a Research Assistant and Professor of Genomics and Biotechnology at Mohamed V University, Faculty of Science, in Morocco. She received a PhD in Genomics and Biotechnology in 2009 from Mohamed V University, where she is currently teaching Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering. Her PhD research was focused on studying the root development and genetic response of Lupinus albus to phosphorus stress. She obtained a Doctoral Fulbright Scholarship and spent two years (206-2007) at the University of Minnesota in USA, where she gained expertise in plant genomics and bioinformatics. She is now conducting research on bioremediation. She is interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms involved in the response of plants and associated microorganisms to heavy metal stress.

Yousra Sobeih, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

Yousra Sobeih is Head of Science Programs Unit at Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP); one of Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s academic research centers, where she is involved in a number of international projects that deal with enhancing education quality and building networks of scientists and researchers in the field of higher education and life sciences, including Knowledge-Triangle Platform for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus EU-TEMPUS Project (TEMPUS), Education for Sustainable Development beyond the Campus (TEMPUS), Science Supercourse Project with WHO Collaborating Center, Pittsburgh University, USA. With the National Academy of Sciences, she was a facilitator in the Educational Institute for Responsible Research on Infectious Diseases: Ensuring Safe Science in the 21st Century, held in Jordan in 2012. In 2014 she participated in the 2nd MENA Education Institute on Responsible Science, and in 2015 she served as a committee member on the 1st and 2nd Egyptian Educational Institute on Responsible Science. Ms. Sobeih studied Anthropology and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Department of Anthropology, Alexandria University, Egypt. Moreover, she was engaged in various international and national activities and projects in the field of Social Development and Youth, mainly within the framework of EUROMED (European-Mediterranean) Youth Projects.

Herawati Sudoyo, Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, Indonesia

Herawati Sudoyo is the Deputy Director of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta and a teaching staff at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia. She is also an Honorary Associate Professor from Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia and member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI). She received an MD from University of Indonesia and obtained her PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She contained her scientific interest on energy transducing membrane and related genetic diseases, as well as complex and lifestyle related diseases at the Eijkman Institute and extended her research activity on human genome diversity and its association with resistance or susceptibility to disease. Her work on the human genome diversity and disease and the expertise on the use of DNA markers lead to the establishment of a DNA forensics laboratory to serve the need of scientific evidence in solving criminal cases. The forensic laboratory has become part of international forensic network on child trafficking and wildlife. Her latest professional appointment is as President of the Indonesian Biorisk Association whose mission is to raise awareness and build expertise on biosafety and biosecurity in Indonesia. She is involved in the development of Indonesian Code of Conduct on Biosecurity, and established a strong collaboration with the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has actively participated as a member of the Indonesian delegation for UN-BWC Meeting of Experts since 2006, ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Workshops on biosecurity issues, and United Nations Implementation of the International Health regulations (IHR). She has been a member of the National Commission for Zoonosis Implementation Team since 2012. She is also a member of several international organizations such as the PAN Asian SNP Initiative, HUGO, A-IMBN, Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association and others. She earned numerous awards for her contribution in science in Indonesia, including Australian Alumni Award for Scientific Research and Innovation, Habibie Award for Medical Science and Technology, Honorary Wing from Indonesian National Police, and others related to her effort to promote women in science.

Kimberly D. Tanner, San Francisco State University, USA

Kimberly D. Tanner, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor of Biology with a research focus in Biology Education and is Director of SEPAL – The Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, which is her research group within the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University. Since joining the SFSU faculty in 2004, Dr. Tanner’s SEPAL research group has addressed three main lines of inquiry: 1) understanding the novice-to-expert transition among undergraduate biology majors, 2) developing novel assessment approaches to revealing student conceptions in science, and 3) evaluating the effectiveness of approaches to promoting equity in science. Her collaborative research investigating Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES) has been published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and PLOS ONE. She has been Principal Investigator on NSF-funded GK-12, TUES, CAREER, and Core Research awards, as well on a National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership award and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Award. Through these awards, she has engaged hundreds of science faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students – locally, regionally, and nationally – in professional development to support innovative and evidence-based science teaching. Dr. Tanner is a founding member of the Editorial Board for CBE: Life Sciences Education, co-author of the widely read Approaches to Biology Teaching and Learning features, and co-author of Transformations: Approaches to College Science Teaching. Dr. Tanner regularly serves on committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the American Society for Cell Biology. Dr. Tanner has been nationally and internationally recognized for both her research and her teaching in biology, including receiving the National Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award from the Society for College Science Teachers and being invited faculty for the Latin American School for Education, Cognitive, and Neural Sciences. Kimberly earned her BA in Biochemistry from Rice University in 1991, her PhD in Neuroscience from UC San Francisco in 1997. She also completed a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology Education (PFSMETE) jointly between Stanford University and UC San Francisco.

Beth Wilbur, Pearson Education, USA

Beth Wilbur is an Editor-in-Chief at Pearson Education in San Francisco, California, USA. She currently manages an editorial team (30 total, 8 direct reports) responsible for a market-leading portfolio of textbooks and media products across the biology curriculum. She directs media and textbook planning and execution, the signing of new products, represents Pearson nationally at science conferences (both Advanced Placement and college level) develops and manages the national Biology Leadership Conference, a leading conference promoting innovation in science education, and serves on multiple pan-Pearson committees and advisory teams. Through her participation in the National Academies Summer Institute, she was named a National Academies Education Fellow and Mentor in the Life Sciences for 2014-2015. Her other awards include: Editor of the Year, 2005 and 2008; Team Awards: Book of the Year 2011; Product Team of the Year 2012; Product Team of the Year 2013. Prior to her work at Pearson, she held several editorial positions at Cengage, working in advanced math, chemistry, and physics. She holds a BA degree from Bowdoin College and her first career was at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the Department of Education, managing public programs that provided interpretation of the collection to the general public.

Yaldez Khairy ZeinElDin, Damanhour University, Egypt

Yaldez Khairy ZeinElDin is Associate Professor at Faculty of Nursing, Nursing Administration Department, Damanhour University, Egypt. She previously served as Vice Dean for Postgraduates and Researchers in the Faculty of Nursing. She is a Certified Professional Trainer (CPT) at the International Board of Certified Trainers (IBCT), MENA Region. She also teaches Nursing Administration, Nursing Ethics, Research Methodologies, as well as Medical Terminology. Dr. Yaldez is interested in training and worked as lead trainer in the project Improving Nurses Performance in Upper Egypt from March 2010 – March 2011. She was a participant in the Educational Institute on Responsible Research with Infectious Diseases: Ensuring Safe Science in the 21st Century, held in Aqaba, Jordan. She developed many research papers concerning leadership development, patient safety, nurses’ work environment, commitment and nurses’ workload. Dr. Yaldez was nominated as a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences for the academic year 2014-2015. Dr. Yaldez is a Bio-Risk Management Trainer as approved by National Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is also a committee member for the Tempus Project entitled Advanced Training and Life Long Learning Program in Applied Health Sciences, which aims to reform and modernize a flexible inter-disciplinary training and professional life long program and diploma (LTP) in applied health sciences.