Ahmed Moustafa

June 29th, 2013

Ahmed Moustafa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, gave a lecture on June at an international meeting in Paris entitled “Molecular Life of Diatoms.” Slides from the talk are available at SlideShare by clicking HERE.

The following list includes faculty grants only. Graduate student grants are now handled exclusively by Dr. Amr Shaarawi, Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. Please contact Dr. Shaarawi’s office for news about the status of applications for Graduate Student Grants.

In some cases, adjustments have been made to the requested budgets; please do not assume that you have received the full amount requested.

My office will process the checks for the following grants as quickly as we can, but please allow some time for this to happen, since there is a very heavy workload for my assistant (Nancy Wadie) once the grant decisions are made. If you have not yet provided a letter of acceptance from the conference for which you have received a grant, please note that no check will be issued until we receive such a letter.

If you see any typographical or other errors, or if you believe yourself to be wrongly missing from this list, please contact me immediately at gharman@aucegypt.edu.

 

CONFERENCE GRANTS

 

BUS (School of Business)

*Samer Atallah  (ECON). Seattle, USA. June-July 2013.

*Maha ElShinnawy (MGMT). Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA. August 2013.

 

GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Rasha Abdulla (JRMC). London, UK. June 2013.

*Allison Hodgkins (PPAD). Washington, D.C., USA. June 2013.

*Sherene Seikaly (MEST). Cambridge, UK. June 2013.

*AKM Ahsan Ullah (CMRS). Bangkok, Thailand. August 2013.

 

GSE (Graduate School of Education)

*Jennifer Skaggs (GSE). Atlanta, USA. June 2013.

 

HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Saiyad Ahmad (ARIC). London, UK. May 2013.

*Mona Amer (SAPE). Miami, USA. June 2013.

*Dalia Basiouny (ARTS). Barcelona, Spain. July 2013.

*Amy Carrillo (SAPE). Miami, USA. June 2013.

*Aissa Deebi (ARTS). Venice, Italy. May-June 2013.

*Iman Hamam (RHET). Oxford, UK. September 2013.

*Sanaa Khabbar (RHET). Istanbul, Turkey. September 2013.

*Mounira Soliman (ECLT). Strasbourg, France. June 2013.

 

SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Mohamed F. Aly (MENG). Portland, OR, USA. August 2013.

*Mustafa Arafa (MENG). London, UK. July 2013.

*Lamyaa El-Gabry (MENG). San Antonio, TX, USA. June 2013.

*Mohamed El-Morsi (MENG). Portland, OR, USA. August 2013.

*Abdel Hameed El-Shaarawi (MACT). Anchorage, AK, USA. June 2013.

*Nermine El Sissi (MACT). Hartford, CT, USA. July-August 2013.

*Ezzat Fahmy (CANG). Montreal, Canada. May-June, 2013.

*Walid Fouad (BIOL). Boston, USA. June 2013.

*Yasser Gadallah (EENG). Cagliari, Italy. July 2013.

*Galal Galal-Edeen (CSCE). Como, Italy. June 2013.

*Ali Hadi (MACT). Anchorage, AK, USA. June 2013.

*Awad Khalil (CSCE). Las Vegas, USA. July 2013.

*Ahmed Moustafa (BIOL). Paris, France. June 2013.

*Ashraf Nassef (MENG). Portland, OR, USA. August 2013.

*Mohammad Sadek (MACT). Balikesir, Turkey. August 2013.

*Ezzeldin Sayed-Ahmed (CANG). Cape Town, South Africa. September 2013.

*Mohamed Serry (MENG). Barcelona, Spain. June 2013.

*Mohamed Shalan (CSCE). San Francisco, USA. June 2013.

*Tamer Shoeib (CHEM). Oviedo, Spain. July 2013.

*Khaled Tarabieh (CANG). Graz, Austria. September 2013.

*Ahmed Waly (CANG). New Delhi, India. September 2013.

*Noha Youssef (MACT). Lagow Lubski, Poland. June 2013.

 

RESEARCH GRANTS

BUS (School of Business)

*Mohga Badran (MGMT). “The Effect of Positive Organizational Capital and Organizational Culture on Commitment, Job Satisfaction, and Performance.” Cairo. September 2013-April 2014.

 

Core Curriculum

*Fady Morcos (Core). “AUC Cubesat–Phase II.” Cairo. July 2013-March 2014.

 

GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Shahjahan Bhuiyan (PPAD). “Can Good Governance Be Achieved in the ‘New’ Egypt? Assessing the Role of Arab Spring and People’s Revolution.” Oslo, Norway. July-August 2013.

 

HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Dalia Basiouny (ARTS). “EraseHer!” Cairo; New York, USA; Beloit, WI, USA. May-June 2013.

*Richard Fincham (PHIL). “Self-Subverting Reason and Irrational Faith: The Role of Humean Skepticism in the Development of German Idealism/Qualitative Freedom.” Tübingen, Germany. August 2013.

*Nenad Jovanovic (ARTS). “The Legacy of Brecht in Contemporary Nonfictional Film.” Berlin, Germany. June-July 2010.

*Gretchen McCullough (RHET). “”The Marvellous Pink Villa on the Battle of Bull Run St.” Annamakerrig, Ireland. July 2013.

*William Melaney (ECLT). “The French Novel: Flaubert, Proust, Butor.” Chicago, USA. August 2013.

*Ian Morrison (SAPE). “Religion and National Identity in Québec.” Montreal and Québec City, Canada.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering

*Karim Addas (PHYS). “Force Calibration for Optical Traps Employed for Microrheology of Non-Equilibirum Cytoskeletal Systems in vivo.” Göttingen, Germany. June-July 2013.

*Mohab Anis (EENG). “Design of Memristor-Based Integrated Circuits.” Cairo and Waterloo, ON, Canada. July-December 2013.

*Joumama El-Rifai (PHYS). “Laser Annealed Poly-SiGe for Flexible MEMS Applications.” Cairo. July 2013-July 2014.

*Abdelhamid Galal (PHYS). “A Study of the Dynamics of Josephson Junctions in Bose Einstein Condensates in Optical Lattices.” Florence, Italy. June-July 2013.

*Wael Hassan (CANG). “Experimental Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability of Shear Critical Deep Beam-Column Joints: Phase 1.” Cairo. May 2013-February 2014.

*Mohamed Nour (CANG). “A Parametric Investigation of Magnetic Treatment of Brackish Water: Implications for Agricultural Development in the Western Desert of Egypt.” Cairo. May-August 2013.

*Adham Ramadan (CHEM). “Hybrid Nanocomposite Membranes for Forward Osmosis.” Cairo. May 2013-May 2014.

*Ahmed Sherif (CANG). “Configuration of Hospital Inpatient Room Window Openings for Provision of External View, Daylighting and Energy Efficiency.”

*Ezzeldin Soliman (PHYS). “Full-Wave Analysis of Plasmonic Transmission Lines: Application to the Design of Wire_Grid and Corporate Nantenna Arrays.” Cairo and Leuven, Belgium. January-December 2013.

 

TEACHING ENHANCEMENT GRANTS

BUS (School of Business)

*Steven Formaneck (MGMT).  “Simulation Games in Operations Management Courses.” Cairo. September 2013-May 2014.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Sherif Aly (CSCE). “ABET Program Evaluator Training.” Baltimore, USA. June 2013.

*Ezzeldin Sayed-Ahmed (CANG). “Steel Sculpture.” Cairo. September-December 2013.

Ahmed Moustafa

May 14th, 2013

Ahmed Moustafa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, has been awarded a DAAD fellowship (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, or German Academic Exchange Service) to work on the molecular evolution of microbial eukaryotes.

Ahmed Moustafa

March 17th, 2013

Ahmed Moustafa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, has co-authored a paper entitled “Genome structure and metabolic features in the red seaweed Chondrus crispus shed light on evolution of the Archaeplastida.” The article was posted on March 15 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and can be read by clicking HERE.

The paper describes the genome of the multicellular red alga (red seaweed) Chondrus crispus, commonly known as Irish moss. More than sixty scientists participated in this project. The Chondrus consortium included laboratories from France, Germany, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Spain, Norway, Greece, and Egypt (AUC).

Ahmed Moustafa

February 2nd, 2013

Ahmed Moustafa, Assistant Professor of Biology,has co-authored an article entitled “Metabolic Effectors Secreted by Bacterial Pathogens: Essential Facilitators of Plastid Endosymbiosis?” in The Plant Cell, January 2013. The article can be read by clicking HERE. It is accompanied in the same issue by a commentary by David Baum, HERE.

In Ahmed’s own words: “In this article, we show by a combined phylogenomic and experimental evidence an intriguing, critical, and ancient (about 2 billion years ago) contribution of the pathogenic chlamydia to the establishment of the chloroplast – the photosynthetic organelle in the eukaryotic cell – and the evolution of photosynthesis in plants and algae.”

Illustration below: Ménage à Trois – the interdependent symbiosis between the cyanobiont, its host, and a chlamydial parasite. Enzymes are colored with respect to their phylogenetic origin: in orange for host enzymes of eukaryotic glycogen metabolism, in pink for chlamydial effectors, and in blue for cyanobacterial enzymes. (10.1105/tpc.112.101329; fig 4).

 

Ahmed Moustafa

December 13th, 2012

Ahmed Moustafa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, has co-authored an article with Adrian Reyes-Prieto (Univ. of New Brunswick, Canada), entitled “Plastid-localized amino acid biosynthetic pathways of Plantae are predominantly composed of non-cyanobacterial enzymes,” Scientific Reports 2, article 955. The article can be read by clicking HERE.

The illustration below comes from the article. It is a schematic map of the amino acid biosynthetic pathways localized in the plant chloroplasts.

The following list includes faculty grants only. Graduate student grants are now handled exclusively by Dr. Amr Shaarawi, Dean of Graduate Studies. Please contact Dr. Shaarawi’s office for news about the status of applications for Graduate Student Grants.

My office will process the checks for the following grants as quickly as we can, but please allow some time for this to happen, since there is a very heavy workload for my assistant (Nancy Wadie) once the grant decisions are made. If you have not yet provided a letter of acceptance from the conference for which you have received a grant, no check will be issued until we receive such a letter.

 

CONFERENCE GRANTS


BUS (School of Business)

*Ahmed Abdel-Meguid (ACCT). Washington, DC, USA. August 2012.

*Neveen Ahmed (MGMT). Cambridge, UK. June 2012.

*Samer Atallah (ECON). Calgary, AB, Canada. June 2012.

*Samer Atallah (ECON). Athens, Greece. July 2012.

*Mohammed Bouaddi (ECON). Montreal, QC, Canada. May 2012.

*Mohammed Bouaddi (ECON). Calgary, AB, Canada. June 2012.

*Mohamed Elbannan (ACCT). Rome. Italy. June 2012.

*Mohamed Elbannan (ACCT). Washington, DC, USA. August 2012.

*Dalia ElEdel (ECON). Istanbul, Turkey. May 2012.

*Dalia ElEdel (ECON). Valencia, Spain. June 2012.

*Steven Formaneck (MGMT). Istanbul, Turkey. May 2012.

*Ibrahim Hegazy (MGMT). Istanbul, Turkey. May 2012.

*Glenn Williams (MGMT). Istanbul, Turkey. May 2012.

 

GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Hussein Amin (JRMC). Las Vegas, USA. April 2012.

*Mohamed Elmasry (JRMC). Chicago, USA. August 2012.

*Usha Natarajan (Law). Cambridge, MA, USA. May-June 2012.

*Gianluca Parolin (Law). Rabat, Morocco. June 2012.

*Gianluca Parolin (Law). Denver, USA. November 2012.

*Sheila Peuchaud (JRMC). Chicago, USA. August 2012.

 

HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Tahia Abdel Nasser (ECLT). Beirut, Lebanon. May 2012.

*Holger Albrecht (POLS). New Orleans, USA. August-September 2012.

*Soraya Altorki (SAPE). Cambridge, UK. July 2012.

*Mona Amer (SAPE). Orlando, FL, USA. August 2012.

*David Blanks (HIST). Grand Rapids, MI. August 2012.

*Jason Blum (HIST). Chicago, USA. November 2012.

*Ebony Coletu (RHET). Philadelphia, USA. May 2012.

*Ira Dworkin (ECLT). San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 2012.

*Andrea Eberle (SAPE). Rome, Italy. September 2012.

*Amina Elbendary (ARIC). Prague, Czech Republic. August-September

2012.

*Lori Fredricks (ELI). Paris, France. September 2012.

*Raghda El Essawi (ALI). Denver, USA. November 2012.

*Nadia Harb (ALI). Denver, USA. November 2012.

*Hani Henry (SAPE). Klagenfurt, Austria. July 2012.

*Hanan Kholoussy (HIST). Denver, USA. November 2012.

*Sanaa Makhlouf (ELI). Dubrovnik, Croatia. June 2012.

*Rose Parfitt (POLS). New York, USA. May 2012.

*Michael Reimer (HIST). Denver, USA. November 2012.

*Yasmine Salah El-Din. Ankara, Turkey. May-June 2012.

 

LLT (School of Libraries and Learning Technologies)

*Carolyn Runyon (Library). San Diego, USA. August 2012.

 

SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Shereef Abdelazeem (EENG). Bari, Italy. September 2012.

*Ashraf Abdelbar (CSCE). Philadelphia, USA. July 2012.

*Ashraf Abdelbar (CSCE). Washington, DC, USA. November 2012.

*Mohamed Aly (MENG). Chicago, USA. August 2012.

*Sherif Aly (CSCE). Istanbul, Turkey. June 2012.

*Hassan Azzazy (CHEM). Santa Clara, CA, USA. June 2012.

*Florin Balasa (CSCE). Karlsruhe, Germany. June 2012.

*Necla Demir (CHEM). Las Vegas, NV, USA. June 2012.

*Mohamed El-Morsi (MENG). Chicago, USA. August 2012.

*Nermine El Sissi (MACT). Madison, WI, USA. August 2012.

*Wafik Lotfalla (MACT). Clearwater, FL, USA. June 2012.

*Tarek Madkour (CHEM). Kobe, Japan. October 2012.

*Magda Mostafa (CANG). Barcelona, Spain. June 2012.

*Ahmed Rafea (CSCE). Groningen, The Netherlands. June 2012.

*Mohammed M. Sadek (MACT). Würzburg, Germany. August 2012.

*Sherif Saleh Safar (CANG). Dubrovnik, Croatia. September 2012.

*Mohamed Shalan (CSCE). San Francisco, USA. June 2012.

*Ahmed H. Sherif (CANG). Lima, Peru. November 2012.

 

RESEARCH GRANTS

 

Core (Teaching Fellow)

*Karl Galle (Core). “Art, Science, and the Mathematical Communities Who Brought Them Together in Renaissance Central Europe.” Nuremberg, Germany & Munich, Germany, and London, UK. July-August 2012.

 

GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Hamid Ali (PPAD). “Darfur Political Economy: A Quest for Development.” Cairo.  June-October 2012.

*Hamid Ali (PPAD). “Oil and OPEC: Oligopoly or Oligarchy.” Cairo. June 2012-May 2013.

 

HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Richard Fincham (PHIL). “Faith and Reason: The Role of Human Skepticism in the Development of German Idealism.” Tübingen, Germany. August 2012.

*Salima Ikram (SAPE). “Plymouth Museum Animal Mummies.” Plymouth, UK. June 2012.

*Gavin Rae (PHIL). “Thinking About Thought: Hegel, Heidegger, and Deleuze.” Madrid, Spain. June-July 2012.

*Mark Westmoreland (SAPE). “Catastrophic Images: Documenting the Wars in Lebanon.” Beirut, Lebanon. May-June 2012.

 

SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Karim Addas (PHYS). “Force Calibration for Optical Traps Employed for Microrheology of Non-equilibrium in vitro and in vivo Cytoskeletal Systems.” Göttingen, Germany.  October 2012.

*Asma Amleh (BIOL). “Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Coated Nylon: Novel Biomaterial for Prosthetic Implants.” Cairo.  June 2012-June 2013.

*Mohab Anis (EENG). “Design of Nanometer SRAM Circuits for Yield Maximization.” Cairo and Waterloo, ON, Canada. July-December 2012.

*Mahmoud Farag (MENG). “Materials and Process Selection for Engineering Design, 3rd edition.” Cairo and London. June 2012-April 2013.

*Walid Fouad (BIOL). “Molecular Characterization of Transgenic Bahiagrass Expressing Regulatory and Structural Genes Conferring Freezing and Chilling Tolerances.” Gainesville, FL, USA. June 2012-Janaury 2013.

*Magdi Moustafa (MACT). “Availability of Cloud Computing Systems Subject to Hardware and Software Failures.” Storrs, CT, USA. September 2012.

*Jehane Ragai (CHEM). “Anti-tumor and Anti-LeishmanialCharacteristics of Some Nitrogen and/or Sulfur Containing Heterocyclic Compounds.” Cairo. May 2012-May 2013.

*Ahmed H. Sherif (CANG). “Sustainable Hospital Architecture: Configuration of the Window Openings of Intensive Care Units for Comfort and Energy Saving.” Cairo. September 2012-December 2012.

*Suher Zada (BIOL). “The Cytokine and Chemokine Profiles in Egyptian

Hepatitis C Virus Genotype-4 in Relation to Liver Disease Progression.” Cairo. June 2012-May 2013.

 

TEACHING ENHANCEMENT GRANTS

 

BUS (School of Business)

*Steven Formaneck (MGMT). “Case Teaching Workshop.” London, ON, Canada. August 2012.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Ahmed Moustafa (BIOL). “Development of Course: Systems and Comparative Genomics.” Roscoff, France and Reykjavik, Iceland. June 2012.

 

Ahmed Moustafa

April 2nd, 2012

Ahmed Moustafa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, was invited last week to give a lecture at the “4th Clinical Pathology Conference – Integrated Laboratory and Clinical Medicine” at the Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University. The conference was organized by the Faculty of Medicine of Alexandria University in collaboration with the Egyptian Society of Blood Disease. Ahmed reports as follows:

“The meeting was a very interesting gathering of physicians, clinicians, and researchers discussing the latest updates in research and technology in clinical pathology that could improve the safety of the patients and provide better surveillance and care. The title of my lecture was ‘Systems Biology and Gene Regulatory Networks in Cancer,’ in which I discussed how the recent advances in high-throughput molecular profiling techniques could enable us to study complex diseases (e.g., cancer) from a ‘systems’ (holism) perspective rather than the traditional reductionist pathological approach, how this ‘systems’ approach could provide us insights about the nature of the interactions between the many components in the cell and the role of these interactions in the manifestation of the disease with the ultimate goal of the identification of better diagnosis and therapeutic options.”

 

Ahmed Moustafa

October 2nd, 2011

Ahmed Moustafa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, a genomicist and evolutionary biologist, along with a group of international scientists from UK, Germany, and Portuga, has received an award from the US Department of Energy (DOE) – Joint Genome Institute (JGI) to support their proposal to employ a metagenomic/ metatranscriptomic approach to predict the impact of the global climate warming on the most affected ecosystem, the Arctic Ocean.

Ahmed comments as follows: “Global warming has led to a significant reduction in sea-ice coverage in the Arctic Ocean over the past few decades. The different life forms that depend on sea-ice have significantly affected by the gradual regression of their habitat. It is expected that many of these species will not be able to survive because the environmental changes at a rate that is too fast for the evolutionary adaptation mechanisms. Of a crucial significance and special interest are marine phytoplankton communities, which are the basis of the entire Arctic food web. Thus, there is an urgent need to undertake a survey of the threatened endogenous Arctic sea-ice and phytoplankton communities and potential invasive species from warmer oceanic currents that flow into the central Arctic basin. These data will help to predict how phytoplankton communities in the Arctic Ocean will change due to global warming.”

He continues: “In this project samples will be collected from several stations from the North Atlantic temperate waters to the Arctic polar waters. The sequencing of the static genetic potential (metagenomics sequences) and the dynamic expression (metatranscriptomic sequences) of the eukaryotic microbial communities in these samples will be provided by the DOE-JGI through the Community Sequencing Program.”

He also notes that on September 15, Arctic sea-ice reached its lowest extent for the year and the second lowest in the satellite records ,and this is why this proposal is crucially timely.

Ahmed is very excited to work on this project and is looking for AUC students who are interested in joining and participating in its different stages: from going on cruises to the Arctic, collecting samples, sequencing, and the downstream computational analyses of the massive amount of data that is expected to be generated throughout the project.


Ahmed Moustafa

September 12th, 2011

Ahmed Moustafa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, published a paper on September in Molecular Biology and Evolution, a monthly journal of research at the interface between molecular and evolutionary biology. It is owned by The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) and published by Oxford University Press. The title of Ahmed's paper is “Evolution and Functional Diversification of Fructose Bisphosphate Aldolase Genes in Photosynthetic Marine Diatoms.” The paper is published in open access format, HERE. The paper describes the protein localization and evolution of Fructose 1,6-Bisphosphate Aldolases (FBA) in diatoms. Diatoms are unicellular photosynthetic eukaryotes that belong to the supergroup chromalveolates. As major primary producers in the world oceans, diatoms play an important role in the global biogeochemical cycle and contribute to about 20% of the atmospheric oxygen. As Ahmed puts it: "So if we breathe, we should thank a diatom." This study used protein localization and activity assays, gene expression, and phylogenetic analyses to characterize the molecular function and evolutionary history of five FBA genes encoded by the nuclear genome of diatoms. We show that the FBAs in diatoms have distinct and intriguing evolutionary origins and that they play significant role in carbon concentrating mechanism, glycolysis, and the cytoskeleton in diatoms.

The image below (taken from the article) depicts a phylogenetic tree that shows the evolutionary history and distribution of three FBAs (two plastidic and one cytosolic) in the major marine phytoplankton lineages.