EDUCATION

2018
Certification as a Strategic Planner in Higher Education
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Ann Arbor, MI

2003         
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        

1996        
Certificate in Business Management        
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.

1992        
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

1988                
BS in Biochemistry with Computer Science minor
Kuwait University, Kuwait. GPA 7.87/9.00. Class valedictorian


WORK EXPERIENCE

2018-Present
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY


2014-2018
Founding Dean, School of Applied Sciences
Mount Ida College, Newton, MA

  • Provided leadership of school and academic programs
  • Managed programs, faculty and staff embers
  • Provided leadership and oversight of accreditation, annual reports, 5-year program reviews, and outcomes assessment programs
  • Developed college and community collaboration
  • Worked with Advancement within the President’s Office to identify and secure public and private grants, scholarships and other resources

2010-present         
Founding Coordinator for NanoWorcester
NanoWorcester, Worcester, MA

Development

  • 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. https://sites.google.com/site/nanoworcester/

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, MA

2010-2014
Associate Professor (initial appointment as an Assistant Professor)
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy – Worcester/Manchester, MCPHS University, Worcester, MA

Teaching

  • 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

Scholarship

  • 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

2006-2009        
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

2005-2006        
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

2003-2005        
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

1997-2003        
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

1994-1996        
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

1992-1994        
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 personnel
  • Solved computer problems (software & hardware)

1991-1992        
Instructor
Pitman Secretarial & Business Studies Center, Kuwait city, Kuwait.                 

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


HONORS & AWARDS

National

2017-2018
HERS Institute at Wellesley College.
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.

Intramural

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.  

1990                
Highest Academic Achievement Master of Science Student. Pathology, College of Medicine. Kuwait University, Kuwait.        

1/88-1/90        
Graduate Studies Scholarship. Awarded by College of Graduate Studies, Kuwait University, Kuwait.

1988                
Highest Academic Achievement in Biochemistry. College of Science. Kuwait University, Kuwait.


MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
NanoWorcester
Academy for Academic Leadership
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)



PUBLICATIONS