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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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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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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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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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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