Reema Zeineldin, Ph.D.

PhD in Biomedical Sciences
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. GPA 4.04/4.00        
Dissertation: The expression of epidermal growth factor receptor variant III (EGFRvIII) in ovarian cancer cells plays a role in
cell dissociation. Mentor: Prof. Laurie G Hudson        

Certificate in Business Management        
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.

MS in Pathology       
Kuwait University, Kuwait. GPA 3.50/4.00
Thesis: Metabolism of glucose and lipids in type II diabetic patients having apolipoprotein-CII-SacI(+) allele. Mentor: Dr.
Sinan Tas

BS in Biochemistry with Computer Science minor
Kuwait University, Kuwait. GPA 7.87/9.00. Class valedictorian


Founding Dean, School of Applied Sciences
Mount Ida College, Newton, MA

Mount Ida College has four schools (Applied Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Business, and Design) with roughly
48% of the students enrolled in the School of Applied Sciences. The school offers Bachelor and Associate degrees in
Biology, Forensic Science, Environmental Sustainability, Dental Hygiene, Veterinary Technology, and Funeral sciences.  
The school has a requirement for internships and experiential learning in all of its programs and the college has a focus on
service learning.

Overall responsibilities:

Leadership of School and Academic Programs

  • Create a cohesive and unified applied science school and program portfolio that strongly differentiates Mount Ida
  • Provide leadership, vision and direction to the school and its academic programs  Provide direct supervision and
    support to department chairs and administrative staff
  • Lead the faculty and college in identifying and implementing new and/or interdisciplinary programs or revise existing
  • Oversee revisions to the College Catalog according to updates approved by the Curriculum Committee, the Provost,
    and the Trustees
  • Ensure the excellence of basic science courses and current applied science programs
  • Monitor and develop strategies to improve program enrollment, student advising, and retention and graduation rates

Management of Programs, Faculty and Staff Members

  • Fulfill school’s administrative roles and responsibilities, including oversight for the quality and effectiveness of the
    academic programs and faculty within the School, teaching assignments, curriculum review and development, and
    student advising
  • Oversee program analysis and revisions, curriculum development and new program initiatives to improve outcomes
    and grow school enrollment
  • Ensure that safety and risk management are properly addressed in all aspects of school and programs.
  • Oversee preparation and submission of schedules and formulation of operating budgets for the departments and
    the school to sustain maximum efficiency of successful operations.
  • Foster a collegial environment conducive to open discourse among faculty of diverse strengths and perspectives
  • Resolve conflict between faculty members and investigate & resolve complaints and grievances initiated by students
    against faculty or staff members
  • Oversee and ensure high standards for personnel recruitment, supervision, and ongoing and annual performance
  • Advocate for academic integrity and high ethical standards

Leadership and Oversight of Quality and Outcomes Assessment Programs

  • Ensure compliance with all requirements for quality and assessment of programs, courses, and student learning in
    addition to compliance with all requirements of external accrediting bodies for programs within the School
  • Foster an academic achievement environment that is conducive to teaching and learning and that advances
    excellence and innovation in teaching
  • Collaborate with the provost and peer-deans in making data-informed decisions to enhance academics at the college
  • Compile annual reports and plans for programs within the school and the comprehensive school report and the 5-
    Year programs’ reviews

College and Community Collaboration

  • Develop external relations with the community to strengthen ties and develop partnerships that result in improved
    service to our students in addition to the community         
  • Collaborate with Deans of other schools and others on campus to increase student and faculty satisfaction and
  • Contribute to planning the annual opening of the college events for faculty
  • Work collaboratively with diverse staff, faculty and students in a shared governance organization as represented by
    the Faculty Senate and the Associated Student Government
  • Work with Advancement within the President’s Office to identify and secure public and private grants, scholarships
    and other resources to advance the school and College
  • Collaborate with various units and personnel in the college including Admissions & Enrollment Management, Student
    Affairs, the Registrar, Dean of Student Success, First-Year Success Coaches, Institutional Research &
    Assessments, Center for Global Connections & Continuing Education, Center for Community Engagement, Financial
    Planning & Risk Management, General Council, Title IX Officer, Center for Curricular Innovation & Teaching
    Effectiveness, and Career Services

Founding Coordinator for NanoWorcester
NanoWorcester, Worcester, MA


  • Founded a professional organization called NanoWorcester, made of ~50 members at the colleges/universities &
    industry in Worcester and surrounding areas who share research & teaching interests in nanoscience and
    nanotechnology. Recruited colleagues for the steering committee.

Organizing and Serving the Annual Symposium

  • 2016: Hosted and managed the budget for the Fifth Nanotechnology Symposium at Mount Ida College, Newton, MA
  • 2015: Judged posters, the Fourth NanoWorcester Symposium that was jointly held with the New England-American
    Vacuum Society hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
  • 2013: Member of the organizing committee & judge for posters, the Third NanoWorcester Symposium hosted by
    Clark University, Worcester, MA
  • 2012: Chaired a session, member of the organizing committee  & judge for posters, the Second NanoWorcester
    Symposium hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
  • 2011: Hosted and managed the budget for the First NanoWorcester Symposium at MCPHS University, Worcester,

Associate Professor (initial appointment as an Assistant Professor)
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy – Worcester/Manchester, MCPHS University, Worcester, MA


  • Designed new courses, workshops, and a certificate program for training students
  • Taught with or without distant learning. Taught courses and laboratories on cell biology, cancer biology,
    nanotechnology, biomedical calculations & preparations, pharmaceutics and pharmacology
  • Mentored my graduate students through their thesis work


  • Performed research that focused on (1) Studying ovarian cancer progression, (2) Employing nanobiotechnology for
    biosensing and drug delivery, and (3) Evaluating implementation of instructional pedagogical approaches, and
    mentorship of faculty

Administrative & Service

  • Hiring manager & supervisor of adjunct faculty (15-20 adjunct faculty members per year)
  • Chair of Research, Infrastructure and Resources Committee, 2012-2014
  • Coordinator for new faculty orientation at the School, 2013
  • Member of the School Strategic Planning Committee, 2013
  • Member of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Studies Committee
  • Created along with colleagues a process for graduate students’ complaints
  • Co-chaired the graduate studies qualifying exam committee 2012
  • Member of the Academic Standing Committee for the Doctor of Pharmacy program
  • Member of the admissions committee: evaluated and interviewed applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy program with
    the goal of accepting ~300 students each year
  • Advisor for a cultural student organization
  • Chair of a search committee for Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, 2012
  • Secretary for meetings of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2010-2012

Development of Faculty & Teaching Assistants

  • Director of instructional laboratories & trainer of teaching assistants (TAs) on teaching techniques: The art of
    lecturing, writing SMART learning objective, planning a successful first lecture, course design & learning outcomes,
    formative & summative assessment tools, lecturing to large-enrollment classes, distant education, one-on-one
    teaching and advising, psychological type & learning, teaching a learner-centered course, and using an audience
    response system (clickers) & various collaborative learning techniques
  • Member of the School’s Academic & Leadership Support Committee that designed programs that provide unique
    orientation, mentorship and training programs for faculty to enhance their academic careers and to improve their
    retention: faculty mentoring institute, faculty round table discussions, protected scholarly writing time for faculty,
    faculty resource center, new faculty orientation, developing mentoring modules on teaching for new faculty, a book
    club discussion, and review of grant applications
  • Faculty mentorship:
           - Served as an informal or assigned formal mentor to colleagues at various career stages
           - Informal mentor to colleagues at various career stages though private consultations

Initiatives/programs that I developed

  • A certificate program in Veterinary Pharmacy for students
  • Founded a newsletter for the School of Pharmacy and served as a member of the editorial board
  • Founded along with 3 colleagues an Annual Research Day for the School, which celebrated and showcased our
    students’ scholarship and faculty mentorship
  • Initiated and became the coordinator for an Invited Speaker Seminar Series

Assistant Professor – Research
College of Pharmacy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

  • Taught courses in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program & Chemical Engineering
  • Invited to speak in courses in the Freshman Seminar, College of Education and Language, Literacy & Socio-cultural
    Studies Program
  • Performed research that employed nano/bio integrations to study cancer and design biosensors, drug delivery
    vehicles and biomarker screening tools
  • Provided service for the university and the community

Postdoctoral Fellow                                
New Mexico Molecular Libraries Screening Center - NIH roadmap for the Molecular Libraries Probe Program. Cancer
Research and Treatment Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. PI: Prof. Larry A Sklar

  • Designed & adapted assays to high throughput screening employing flow cytometry

Postdoctoral Fellow                                
Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering & Biomedical Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
PI: Prof. Gabriel P Lopez

  • Designed biomembrane-mimetics supported on nanotextured surfaces for applications such as biosensors,
    detection of biomolecular interactions and separations

Graduate Research Assistant & Graduate Teaching Assistant        
College of Pharmacy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM        

  • Studied the effect of expressing EGFR in ovarian cancer cells on growth capacity, cell-signaling, cell-cell contacts
    and migration of cells
  • Taught laboratories in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Research Associate                                
Lederle-Praxis Biologicals, West Henrietta, NY (part of Pfizer)

  • Discovered and developed vaccine candidates against bacterial pathogens: Identified vaccine candidates, isolated
    proteins from bacterial cells and prepared formulations for immunization of animals

Research Assistant        
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.

  • Isolated and analyzed the structure, glycosylation, and interactions of cartilage matrix protein (CMP / matrilin-1)
  • Managed the laboratory and budget, and recruited, interviewed, supervised & managed the work of laboratory
  • Solved computer problems (software & hardware)

Pitman Secretarial & Business Studies Center, Kuwait city, Kuwait.                 

Taught computer courses (BASIC programming, Lotus, Dbase) & English typewriting.



Admitted into a year-long training (four-weekend sessions and two webinars) by the HERS Institute at Wellesley
, which is a leadership training institute for women in higher education. Wellesley College, MA

July 2012        
2012 Teacher of the Year Recognition
. Awarded by American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) during the
2012 AACP Annual Meeting, Kissimmee, FL.

Sept 2010        
2010 Advance Purdue Fellowship
- University of Purdue First Annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women. Awarded by
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

April 2007        
Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar
in Cancer Research Award – American Association of Cancer Research
(AACR) Annual Meeting 2007, Los Angeles, CA.  Awarded by AACR.


May 2014        
2014 Faculty Research/Scholarship Award
in the Category of Scholarship of Discovery at the 4th Annual Faculty
Scholarship Showcase. Rac1 inhibitor improves ovarian cancer sensitivity to cisplatin. Awarded by MCPHS University

May 2013        
2013 Faculty Research/Scholarship Award
in the Category of Scholarship of Integration at the 3rd Annual Faculty
Scholarship Showcase. Nanotechnology for cancer diagnosis. Awarded by MCPHS University

May 2012        
2012 Faculty Research/Scholarship Award
in the Category of Scholarship of Integration. Novel nanotechnology
approaches to diagnosis and therapy of ovarian cancer. Awarded by MCPHS University

May 2012        
2011-2012 Academic of the Year
for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service.  Awarded by the Department of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy-Worcester/Manchester, MCPHS University

May 2011        
2011 Faculty Research/Scholarship Award
in the Category of Scholarship of Integration. Biomimetic silica
microspheres in biosensing. Awarded by MCPHS University

March 2010        
Rho Chi Member
– The Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy

March 2001        
Award for an Outstanding Biomedical Sciences Research Presentation of a research project in the 12th Annual
Biomedical Sciences Research Day. Awarded by Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque, NM.   

May 1998        
Award for the Most Exceptional PhD Candidate in Biomedical Sciences. Awarded by Biomedical Sciences Graduate
Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.  

Highest Academic Achievement Master of Science Student. Pathology, College of Medicine. Kuwait University,

Graduate Studies Scholarship. Awarded by College of Graduate Studies, Kuwait University, Kuwait.

Highest Academic Achievement in Biochemistry. College of Science. Kuwait University, Kuwait.


American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)
Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
Academy for Academic Leadership
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)