RESEARCH INTERESTS

• Membrane fusion in vitro
• Plant cell wall biosynthesis and assembly
• Biologically active oligosaccharides
• Applications of nanoparticles in biological systems
• Biological activities of medicinal plants
• Biotransformation of drugs

EDUCATION

Oct 1977 – Aug 1980 Cambridge University PhD
Oct 1977 – Jun 1978 Cambridge University MPhil
1975 – Jan 1977 American University of Beirut Master of Science (MS)
Oct 1967 – Jun 1971 University of Jordan Bachelor of Science (BS)

WORK EXPERIENCE

2015 – Present Adjunct Professor University of Petra
2003 – Present Secretary General Arab Academy of Sciences
1991 – Present Professor American University of Beirut
2001 – 2002 Sabbatical leave University of Glasgow
1987 – 1993 Chairman American University of Beirut
1986 – 1991 Associate Professor American University of Beirut
1986 – 1988 Part-time Lecturer The Lebanese University
1985 – 1986 Associate Professor Yarmouk University
1985 – 1986 Director of Personnel Yarmouk University
1983 – 1986 Assistant to the President Yarmouk University
1984 – 1985 Director Yarmouk University
1980 – 1985 Assistant Professor Yarmouk University
1980 – 1981 Part-time Lecturer American University of Beirut
1978 – 1980 Supervision of Laboratory Courses in Biochemistry to final-year honours students University of Cambridge
1976 – 1977 Lecturer Yarmouk University
1971 – 1974 Instructor University of Jordan

HONORS AND AWARDS

2017 Fellow of the Institute of Biology Institute of Biology, London, United Kingdom

2017 Honorary Research Fellow Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

2017 Founding Fellow and Secretary General Arab Academy of Sciences, Beirut, Lebanon

2017 Fellow of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Trieste, Italy

2010 TWAS-ARO Regional Prize for Public Understanding and Popularization of Science TWAS-ARO

2002 Developing World Study Visit Award The Royal Society, United Kingdom

2001 Distinguished Scholar Award of the Arab Fund Fellowship Program The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development

1989 Research Award in Natural Sciences American University of Beirut

1987 Research Award in Natural Sciences American University of beirut

1987 Abdul Hameed Shoman Prize for Young Arab Scientists in Biology Abdul Hameed Shoman

1986 The Award of the Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils for translating into Arabic the book entitled “Biochemistry and Physiology of the Cell, by Edwards and Hassall. McGraw Hill, London” the Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils