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    Rania Siam, M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D.

    Course Director and Professor of Microbiology


    Professor Siam holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the faculty of medicine, McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She earned an M.B.B.Ch. from Ain Shams University, Faculty of Medicine. Siam held several post-doctoral positions in the McGill Oncology Group, Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She also held positions at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratories, and The Scripps Research Institute, Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, La Jolla, CA, USA. She also a visiting scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA, Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research and Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

    Before joining UMHS Dr. Siam was the Chair of the Biology Department at the School of Science and Engineering, The American University in Cairo. Siam served as the chair of the biology department from 2012-2018. Prior to this she was the founding director of the Biotechnology Graduate Program from the time it was founded in 2007 until 2012. Siam has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Microbiology and Molecular and Cell Biology.

    Dr. Siam's research interests lies in exploring the environmental communities residing in harsh environments in the Red Sea to discover drugs and enzymes with unique pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications. Over the last 10 years she managed to secure over 7 million USD is external funding to support her group The Red Sea Marine Microbiology Research Group, and establish a molecular biology and genomic research facility. Siam served as thesis supervisor for over 35 M.Sc. Biotechnology students and and 6 Ph.D. Biotechnology students. She has published over 45 original peer reviewed science articles.