Instructor's Portfolio

Dr. SAID MOHAMED A.JAWAD SHAWAR


Associate Professor

College of Graduate Studies
Bio-technology Programme
Office 17239872 Laboratory 17239873/4 Fax 17239552
saidms@agu.edu.bh


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Qualifications

Qualifications

1-Associate Professor Biotechnology Program, Graduate School, Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 2005 –

2-Assistant Professor Biotechnology Program, Graduate School, Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Manama, Bahrain, Sept. 2004-Dec. 2005 –

3-Visiting Professor School of Allied Medical Sciences, Dept. of Med. Technology, Zarqa Private University (ZPU), Jordan. Sept. 2002-Sept.2004

4-Visiting Professor Department of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering, Philadelphia University (PU), Amman, Jordan. Sept. 2001-Sept. 2002.

5-Chairman Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, PU, Amman, Jordan. Sept. 2000-Sept. 2001.

6-Director Research and Development (R&D) Department. SAS, San Antonio, Texas. March 97-Aug. 2000.

7-Senior Scientist R&D Department, SAS, San Antonio, Texas. Aug. 1996-March,97.

8-Assistant Professor Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Houston, Texas. July, 1992-August, 1996.

9-Instructor Department of Microbiology and Immunology, BCM. Houston, Texas. Aug., 1991-July, 1992.

10-Postdoctoral Fellow Immunology Section, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, BCM. Houston, Texas. Dec. 1987-Aug. 1991

11-Ph.D., Biochemistry The Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BCM, Houston, Texas. Aug. 1982-Dec. 1987.

12-M.Sc., Program Biology Department (Microbiology), University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan. Oct. 1980-June 1982.

13-B.Sc., Biology Biology Department, Yarmouk University, Irbed, Jordan, Oct. 1976-June 1980.

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Work Experience

Experience

 Professional Experience

1-Serving on Ph.D. and M.Sc. committees, 1991-1996 and 2000-Present.
2-Scientific Consultant for Diagnostic Companies in Jordan, 2000-04.
3-Adjunct Professor, the University of Jordan for Science & Technology
(JUST), 2001-2002.
4-The Steering Committee for the first Jordanian workshop in PCR Technology in
Diagnosis Conference held in Feb., 2004. The workshop was sponsored by The
Jordanian Genes Association, and Jordan’s Ministry of Health.
5-Conference Secretary and the organizing committee for 3rd ZPU Medical
Technology conference, held in April, 2004.
6- Serving on many administrative committees at BCM, PU, ZPU, & AGU; 91-
Present.
7-Ad Hoc reviewer and the editorial board for scientific journals, 1992-.
8-Many invited presentations at: Baylor College of Medicine, Univ. of Texas at
Houston, American Association of Immunologists meetings (AAI) meetings,
Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) meetings,
etc.
9-An invited moderator for a mini-symposium at the FASEB meeting in New
Orleans, June 1996.
10-Teaching/instructing many courses; 1980-Present.
11-Directing & supervising research technicians, students, & post-Docs, 1985-
12-Languages: Arabic, English (fluent) and Hebrew (good in writing and reading,
can manage in spoken language).
13-Skilled in computer sciences and experienced in using computers.
14-President of biology students’ society (BSS), Yarmouk University, 1977-1978.
15-Chairman, education committee of BSS, Yarmouk University, 1978-1980.
16-Editor in chief for Yarmouk Biologist, a biweekly journal at Yarmouk University

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Scientific Production

Publication

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Teaching Courses

Teaching Courses

Courses Taught
Student & Course Levels range from Freshman to Graduates (M. Sc. or PhD)
General Biology (1 + 2), Public Health, Humans & Environment, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Advanced Biotechnology, Molecular Human Genetics, Molecular Biology, Advanced Molecular Biology, Clinical Immunology, Immunology, Clinical Chemistry (1 + 2), Instrumental Analysis, Bio statistics, Quality Assurance, Cell and Molecular
Biology, Special Projects & Topics, Tissue Culture, Stem Cell and Future Therapeutics, Techniques in Molecular Biology, Genetics in Medicine, Diagnostic Molecular Biology and Cell Biology and Genetics.Immunology, New hopes in Medicine Stem Cells (Medical School)and others

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Academic Supervision

Supervised the following theses

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Committees

 

Attendance in most important committees within the university


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Memberships

 

Professional Affiliations

1-American Association for the Advancement of Science. (AAAS)

2-American Association of Immunologists.(AAI),

3-The Jordanian Genes Society, Founding member & Elected the Scientific Officer of the Society, March 2001-5

4-The Jordanian Medical Technology Society, 2002-

Professional Experience

1-Serving on Ph.D. and M.Sc. committees, 1991-1996 and 2000-Present.

2-Scientific Consultant for Diagnostic Companies in Jordan, 2000-04.

3-Adjunct Professor, the University of Jordan for Science & Technology
(JUST), 2001-2002.

4-The Steering Committee for the first Jordanian workshop in PCR Technology in Diagnosis Conference held in Feb., 2004. The workshop was sponsored by The Jordanian Genes Association, and Jordan’s Ministry of Health.

5-Conference Secretary and the organizing committee for 3rd ZPU Medical
Technology conference, held in April, 2004.

6-Serving on many administrative committees at BCM, PU, ZPU, & AGU; 91-
Present.

7-Ad Hoc reviewer and the editorial board for scientific journals, 1992-.

8-Many invited presentations at: Baylor College of Medicine, Univ. of Texas at Houston, American Association of Immunologists meetings (AAI) meetings, Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) meetings, etc.

9-An invited moderator for a mini-symposium at the FASEB meeting in New
Orleans, June 1996.

10-Teaching/instructing many courses; 1980-Present.

11-Directing & supervising research technicians, students, & post-Docs, 1985-

12Languages: Arabic, English (fluent) and Hebrew (good in writing and reading, can manage in spoken language).

13-Skilled in computer sciences and experienced in using computers.

14-President of biology students’ society (BSS), Yarmouk University, 1977-1978.

15-Chairman, education committee of BSS, Yarmouk University, 1978-1980.

16-Editor in chief for Yarmouk Biologist, a biweekly journal at Yarmouk University

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Community Service

 


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Research Interests

 

Our lab works on common genetic disorders in our area:

1-Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)
—>The Arabic Allele Discovery
—>Mechanisms generating Arabic allele
—>Rapid diagnostics
—>Expression --> protein & mRNA
2-Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF)
—>Potential Therapies
—>Pathophysiology
—>Role of MIF inhibition in FMF
—>Role of proinflammatory cytokines & other molecules in FMF
3-Ca/Pi homeostasis role of FGF23 in Tumoral Calcinosis & Rickets
—>Rapid diagnostics (ARMS PCR, HRM)
—>Expression —> Treatment?
—>Role of proteolysis in the disease
—>Modifier genes?
4- Other genetic disorders such as Pseudo Xanthoma Elasticum and Charcot-Marie-Tooth Syndrome, Primary Cialiary Dyskinesia, etc.

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Lectures/Seminars/Workshops

 

Seminars, lectures and Live Radio Talk Shows: Too many among which:
1-A regular consultant on genetic issues in local news papers, Bahrain
2-Several presentations in the monthly lecture series organized by the Jordanian Gene Association and the Specialist Hospital – Amman, during 2002-2004.
3-How to Diagnose Autoimmune Diseases? A presentation to the staff of the Islamic Hospital – Amman, June 2004.
4-Human genetic diseases: presented to physicians at the Ministry of Health in Jordan, May 6, 2004.
5-Human cloning; scientific & ethical issues, presented at ZPU during School of Shariea’a scientific day. April 13, 2004.
6-Genetic counseling: The art of objectivity: Al-Bashir Hospital, Feb., 22, 2004.
7-Molecular biology & forensic medicine, Al-Omaryeh Secondary Schools, Jan.2004.
8-Many live Radio Talk shows on the Jordanian Stations during 2003 and 2004, promoting genetic knowledge to the public.
9-Stem Cell Technology: The future spare parts for humans, ZPU, seminar series, Dec. 2003.

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Publications prior to joining AGU

 


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Others

 

Patents:

Filed for a patent “The Arabic allele: A novel substitution in LDL-R”, it is the second patent for AGU, December 2009.

Honors and Awards

1-The 5th Scientific Conference for Medical Students Appreciation Award, Feb, 2008.

2-The Jordanian Genes Association Appreciation Award, March 2004.

3-The Higher Counsel for Science and Technology Research Award, October 2003.

4-The COMSTECH Award from the Science & Technology, Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) 2001. The Award Is for the Best Scientist (Research & Citations)in the Islamic World Organization (57 Countries). Conferred by General P. Musharraf of Pakistan, Feb. 2002, Islamabad, Pakistan.

5-The American Association of Immunologists Award, July 1995.

6-Mary Ellen Stone Award, Multiple Sclerosis Research Projects. 1993-94.

7-Appreciation Certificate for Dedicated Service, from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). 1993.

8-A Scholarship to Complete Ph.D. Studies, BCM, 1983-1987.

9-The American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for a Foreign Graduate Student. 1985.

10-The Catholic University of America Fellowship, Washington D.C. to Study Recombinant DNA Technology, 1985.

11-Fellow of the Verna and Marrs McLean Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. BCM, 1982-1983.

12-University of Jordan Teaching Fellowship Award. Feb. 1981-June 1982.

13-The Royal Award for the Highest Honor Graduate with Distinction (SUMMA CUM LAUDE) in Arts & Sciences from King Hussein of Jordan, June, 1980.

14-Yarmouk University Dean of Students' Medal for Social & Educational Excellence, 1980.

15-Dean's Honor List and Fellowships: Academic Years 1976, 77, 78, 79, 1980.

Grants

1-The Graduate School Grant Award, AGU, Bahrain, “In vitro evaluation of antiinflammatory pharmacophores in treating familial Mediterranean fever, 2009, Said M. Aj. Shawar, Principal Investigator.

2-Jordan Higher Counsel for Science & Technology Award, "Immune Enhancement in Cancer Patients Using Jordanian Plants Extracts" 2003, Said MAj Shawar, Principal Investigator.

3-NIH RO1 AI18882: “T-Cell Responses to Non-H-2 Antigens of Chromosome 17”, Co Investigator (Robert R. Rich, M.D., Principal Investigator). 1996-2001

4-Mary Ellen Stone Award, Multiple Sclerosis Research Projects. 1993-94. Funding project “Proteinases Involved in MHC Class I Antigen Processing”. Said M. Aj. Shawar, Principal Investigator.

5-NIH RO1 AI18882: “T-Cell Responses to Non-H-2 Antigens of Chromosome 17”, Co-Investigator (Robert R. Rich, M.D., Principal Investigator). 1991-1996.

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Contact Information

 

Office 17239872 Laboratory 17239873/4 Fax 17239552
saidms@agu.edu.bh

 

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