Rania Siam, Ph.D.
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Rania Siam, Ph.D.

Course Director and Professor of Microbiology



Professor Siam holds a PhD in microbiology and immunology from the faculty of medicine, McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She earned a MBBCh from Ain Shams University, Faculty of Medicine. Siam held several post-doctoral positions in the McGill Oncology Group, Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She also held positions at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratories, and The Scripps Research Institute, Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, La Jolla, CA, USA. She was a visiting scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA, Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research and Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Before joining UMHS Dr. Siam was the Chair of the Biology Department at the School of Science and Engineering, The American University in Cairo. Siam served as the chair of the biology department from 2012-2018. During her tenure as biology chairwoman, and with the Biology Department faculty, they managed to update the biology curriculum, applied for accreditation, reassessed the program and introduced two new concentrations (Molecular and Cell Biology and Marine Biology) and two minors (Bioinformatics and Biomedical). Before Dr. Siam stepped down as department chair, the department was granted Natural Science accreditation through Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), until September 30, 2024.



Prior to this she was the founding director of the Biotechnology Graduate Program from the time it was founded in 2007 until 2012. Siam has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Microbiology and Molecular and Cell Biology.

Siam's research interests lies in exploring the environmental communities residing in harsh environments in the Red Sea to discover drugs and enzymes with unique pharamaceutical and biotechnological applications. Over the last 10 years she managed to secure over 7 million USD is external funding to support her group The Red Sea Marine Microbiology Research Group, and establish a molecular biology and genomic research facility. Siam served as thesis supervisor for over 35 M.Sc. Biotechnology students and and 6 Ph.D. Biotechnology students. She has published over 45 original peer reviewed science articles.


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