Biology is the study of life. It deals with the classification of organisms, their interactions with each other and with their environments, and the structure-function relationships on the cellular and molecular levels.

Dated back in 1978, the Department of Biology is among the earliest departments in the University. Since then, there was a gradual increase in the number of academic staff in different fields. Currently, there are twenty faculty members in the department. Our policy is to keep the department up-to-date with the essential sub-disciplines by either sending particular staff to do their graduate studies in recognized international universities or by hiring distinguished expatriates in the required fields of Biology. We are aiming for a contemporary department in teaching and scientific research in the fields of ecology, marine biology and biotechnology, both locally and regionally. For this, the Department works to provide biology concepts, knowledge and values that meet the national goals for higher educations. This is achieved through our commitment to a renewed academic level, developed scientific research, competitive modern undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and featured community services. The department started to offer partial e- learning courses such as marine pollution course. Our community services include scientific consultations to different sectors, delivering specialized scientific lectures and offering workshops and training courses.

The department houses 12 teaching laboratories consisting of 4 general and 8 specialized labs such as cell biology, plant physiology, biochemistry, mycology, marine biology and environment, genetic molecular biology, biotechnology and microbiology.

In addition, the department is also supplied with aquarium room , computer lab, sterilization room, water distillation and purification, cold room and a glass house used for seasonal propagation of indoor plants.
Dr. Afnan Mahmood Freije

Professor

Dr. Afnan Mahmood Freije
PhD in Biochemistry, Surrey University, UK



Dr. Freije is the chairperson of Department of Biology. She has more than 25 years of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience. She is an author and co-author of 21 journal scientific papers, one chapter book A.M.Freije, Dr. Freije area of expertise is in Biochemical analysis and human health related investigations.

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Dr. Hashim Ahmed Al-Sayed

Associate Professor of Biological Oceanography

Dr. Hashim Ahmed Al-Sayed
PhD, 1988, Southampton University at UK;



Area of Expertise: Biology of Pearl Oyster Coastal Zone Ecology; Reproduction, growth and pollution effect; Interaction between intertidal fauna and ecological conditions-, Marine Pollution; Trace metals, interaction between marine organisms and pollutants; Benthos; Ecological characteristics of benthic fauna.

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Dr. Humood Abdulla Nasser

Associate Professor

Dr. Humood Abdulla Nasser
PhD in Environmental Biology from Newcastle University, UK in 2007



Dr. Naser worked as an Environmental Specialist, Environmental Affairs, Bahrain (1999-2001). Then Joined the Department of Biology as Graduate Assistant (2001-2007). He developed several courses related to Environmental Science, Environmental Impact Assessment and Conservation Biology at the Department of Biology. He is an author of three books, six chapters, and author/co-author of several publications in referred journals. He is a fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK (2009), Member of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) (2003), and MidEast Corals Society (2013). The area of research is related to environmental and ecological impact assessment, conservation biology, effects of environmental pollutants on species and ecosystem and sustainable development.

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Dr. Essam Moahmed Janahi

Associate Professor

Dr. Essam Moahmed Janahi
Associate Professor of Virology, PhD, 2007, Imperial College London



Area of Expertise:Molecular biology of viruses, viral epidemiology, investigation of antiviral mechanisms, characterization and analysis of viral genome mutations with significant clinical implications, analysis of viral gene expression and regulation.

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Dr. Abdulla A. Rasool Abdulla

Assistant Professor

Dr. Abdulla A. Rasool Abdulla
PhD in Molecular Genetics, McGill University, Canada



Dr. Abdulla started his academic career as a teaching and research assistant in 1988 in the Department of Biology at University of Bahrain before receiving his PhD. Dr. Abdulla has several publications characterizing mutations causing neurodegeneration and male infertility in human androgen receptor. He is a founding member of Bahrain Earth Sciences Society and Bahrain Academic Society. In addition to his 25 years of teaching genetics and molecular courses, Dr. Abdulla is the head of the departmental Quality and Accreditation Assurance committee since 2010. Dr. Abdulla’s Area of scientific expertise involves human androgen receptor mutation analysis and pathogenesis; animal cell culture and DNA manipulation and analysis.

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Dr. Khadija Abdulla Zainal

Associate Professor

Dr. Khadija Abdulla Zainal
Ph.D. Marine Biology & Ecology



Research Interests: Biology and Biodiversity of marine animals, Ecological surveys.
Assessment of Physiological tolerance of fishes and shell-fishes to environmental stresses.
Teaching and research experience of over 25 years in Oman, United Kingdom and in University of Bahrain.

  • Taught B.Sc. General Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Marine Pollution, Zoology, Fisheries and Human Physiology.
  • Developed Electronic courses to enhance teaching.
  • Taught M.Sc. Environment and Sustainable Development.
  • Supervised and examined undergraduate and postgraduate student thesis in Bahrain and in the Gulf.
  • Published a wide range of peer reviewed scientific papers and chapters in scientific books.
  • Participated in a large number of workshops and conferences in the Kingdom of Bahrain and elsewhere.
  • Establisher and director of the Friends’ of the Environment Club in the University of Bahrain (2000-2016).
  • Coordinator, College of Science Internship programme (2013- present).
  • Served as Head, Convener or as a Member on a wide range of College of Science and Biology department committees such as Curriculum, Strategic planning, Quality Assurance, Safety, Research and Conferences, Senior student Research and Internship committees.
  • Mentor in Continuous Professional Development programme (CPD)
    Qualifications:
  • FHEA-UK: Fellow of The Higher Education Academy of the UK.
  • PCAP Programme -York St John University- UOB 2010-2011
  • Ph.D., Marine Biology, UK,1991; PGD Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, UK, 1994; Quality Assurance Management, UK, 1994.

    Dr. Khadija Zainal is an active member of National Organizations:
  • National Environment Strategy and national Biodiversity Strategy committees. Supreme Council for the Environment (SCE).
  • Green House Gasses Task Force - GHG Inventory. SCE
  • National- In-JAZ (Voluntary Programme).

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Dr. Thuraya A. Al-Mansoori

Assistant Professor

Dr. Thuraya A. Al-Mansoori
PhD in Plant Physiology and Tissue Culture, University of Reading, UK



Dr. Thuraya Almansoori is an assistant Professor of Plant physiology and Tissue Culture in the Department of Biology. She has more than 26 years teaching experience in Higher Education. She teaches General Biology, Cell Biology and Plant Physiology. Her research interest and area of expertise includes plants response to biotic and abiotic stresses, and plant propagation using tissue culture techniques; with special emphasis on date palms. Dr. Almansoori has organized and delivered many workshops addressing plant tissue culture and plant physiology. In 2006, Dr. Almansoori was awarded the Fulbright for Teaching and Research Scholarship. In addition, Dr. Almansoori has been actively involved in faculty development initiatives at the UoB since she completed the PCAP programme in 2008. She participated in the development of several faculty development programmes, delivered and conducted many courses and workshops related to faculty development. She has been the Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) Programme in the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) at the University of Bahrain (UoB) since August 2016. She has been a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK since October 2017.

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Dr. Ali Salman Bin Thani

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ali Salman Bin Thani
PhD in Molecular Microbiology, University of Leicester, UK



Dr Bin Thani has more than 10 years’ experience teaching undergraduate students. Appointed in 2017 as Editorial Secretary in Journal of the Association of Arab Universities for Basic and Applied Sciences (JAAUBAS). His research interest is focused on studying the contribution of pathogencity islands in the emergence of pathogenic bacteria; distribution of laterally acquired foreign DNA sequences. The development of molecular diagnostic approaches to detect pathogenic bacteria from clinical specimens. Construction of mutagenic strains containing truncated or deleted transcriptional regulation genes e.g., genes that encode for histone-like proteins and study their contribution to expression of virulence genes.

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Dr. Salwa Al-Thawadi

Assistant Professor

Dr. Salwa Al-Thawadi
PhD in Biotechnology, University of Murdoch, Australia



Dr. Salwa has research experience in Biotechnology and has invented t Bio Cementation technology. She as well has 9 years teaching experience, during which she published many of research articles. Her current interests are in Biotechnology and Bio-nanotechnology.

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Dr. Layla Jassim Hazeem

Assistant Professor

Dr. Layla Jassim Hazeem
PhD in Marine Molecular Biology, University of Southampton, UK



Dr. Hazeem has eight years teaching experience at undergraduate level. She is an author and coauthor of several refereed journal scientific papers. Dr. Hazeem area of expertise is in Harmful Algal Blooms, Nanotoxicology and Phycology.

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Mrs. Ebtisam Essa Bin Butti

Lecturer of Environmental Technology

Mrs. Ebtisam Essa Bin Butti
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) Academic Year 2011-2012
  • M.Sc., 2000, Wolverhampton University at Uk;
  • Higher Diploma in Education ,Outstanding High Honor Diploma, The degree of excellence ,diploma in education;
  • B.Sc., Biology, minor Chemistry, B.Sc., 1989 at University of Bahrain



Area of Expertise: Use of rain gauges for the measurement of dust deposition from the atmosphere, Most of Environmental aspects: Environmental monitoring; Biodiversity-, Marine Pollution-, Trace metals-, Effects of environmental pollutants on ecosystems, and sustainable development. Miss Ebtisam had an experience more than 9 years as instructor and lecture in teaching science at Bahrain Training Institute ( BTI)

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Dr. Simone Perna

Assistant Professor

DrSimonePerna
PhD in Public Health, Human Nutrition and Medical Statistics, University of Pavia, ITALY



Dr. Simone Perna worked as postdoctoral research fellow in University of Pavia (Italy). Since 2018, he joined to Bahrain University as Assistant Professor. He has nearly 10 years teaching experience in advanced human nutrition and biostatistics. He is author and co-author of more than 70 journal scientific papers and more than 200 abstracts as conference proceeding. He authored and co-authored by 5 book chapters. His area of expertise is healthy aging; in particular, he studies the mechanisms and interactions among malnutrition, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and dementia. Currently he performs researches on botanical compounds involved in the prevention of pain.

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