لا يمكن لأي مجتمع أن يحافظ على تطوره التكنولوجي والاقتصادي بدون وجود قاعدة علمية تستند على نظام تعليمي ذو معايير عالية الجودة. وتعتبر كلية العلوم من أوائل الكليات التي تأسست منذ إنشاء جامعة الإمارات العربية المتحدة. وتضم الكلية خمسة أقسام أكاديمية هي: قسم الأحياء، وقسم الكيمياء، وقسم الجيولوجيا، وقسم الرياضيات وقسم الفيزياء. وتقدم الكلية ستة برامج بكالوريوس في: الأحياء، والكيمياء، والكيمياء الحيوية، والجيولوجيا، والرياضيات، والفيزياء. بالإضافة إلى خمسة برامج ماجستير، وبرنامج دكتوراه.
مرحبا بكم في موقع كلية العلوم بجامعة الإمارات العربية المتحدة.
يمكنكم من خلال موقع الكلية التعرف على المعلومات الخاصة بالبرامج المطروحة في هذه الكلية. وإذا أردتم معرفة المزيد من المعلومات، يرجى الاتصال بنا أو زيارة الحرم الجامعي، وسيسعدنا إطلاعكم على مرافقنا التدريسية، وتعريفكم بالكلية.
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Dr. Synan Abu Qamar has been an associate professor in the Department of Biology at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) since 2014. Dr. Abu Qamar completed his Ph.D in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University in 2007. Following his Ph.D he became a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Tesfaye Mengiste at Purdue University. In 2008, he joined the Department of Biology at UAEU as an assistant professor.
Since he joined UAEU, Dr. Abu Qamar has established a Plant Molecular Genetics/ Plant Biotechnology Laboratory in the Department of Biology. His current research is in the Molecular Genetics of Plant Immunity. This research focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular factors that control a plant’s defense mechanisms against necrotrophic pathogens – pathogens that kill host tissues/cells in order to complete their own life cycle. He has used both model and crop host plants to do so. As a translational scientist, Dr. Abu Qamar has been able to advance his research by using genomics, transcriptomics and gene functional approaches to agricultural and in the field applications, before returning to laboratory work. The ultimate goal of this study is to substantially reduce the devastating impact of disease on plants.
In the UAE plants have to survive in a harsh environment. This includes resisting plant pathogens. Dr. Abu Qamar is working towards improving plant resistance to such pathogens and diseases. Traditional horticultural and chemical practices have proven limitations, even a negative impact on the environment and human health. Therefore, genetic engineering and biological control can limit pathogens and suppress their tissue destroying activities. His research is concerned with plant-microbe interaction. This includes studying Arabidopsis Thaliana-Botrytis Cinerea, Date Palm-Thielaviopsis Punctulata and Mango-Lasiodiplodia Theobromae pathosystems. For example, B. Cinerea is considered as the second most significant fungal pathogen in the world and causes diseases in a wide range of crops. T. Punctulata and L. Theobromae can cause black scorch disease (known as Medjnoon) on date palms and dieback disease on mangoes, respectively. This has an adverse effect on agribusiness in the UAE.
Dr. Abu Qamar’s laboratory limits chemicals use with plants. Thus far, the laboratory has generated several gene mutations and discovered many bio-control agents to deal with these fungi. The research findings are the result of cooperative projects by Dr. Abu Qamar’s team of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. He has published 50 publications in international journals. Indeed, the American Society of Plant Biologist (ASPB) has recognized his articles as some of the most highly cited in plant cell and plant physiology journals between 2009-2013 in the Middle East and Africa. In addition, he has been recognized by UAEU as a distinguished researcher due to publication in top journals. In 2017, he was awarded the College of Science Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
Synan is married and has one son, Hamzeh, and a daughter, Juwan. Synan enjoys reading, football and traveling in his free time.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Changing the way we look at our planet
Think of climate change, and you may immediately think of melting ice caps or vanishing rainforests – but the high-impact research that Dr David Thomson leads on the issue at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has a very different, and equally important, geographical focus.
Since joining UAEU’s Biology Department in 2014, Dr Thomson, an Associate Professor at the university, has built on the department's notable strengths in research and teaching by spearheading novel and high-profile interdisciplinary research that allows undergraduate and postgraduate students to analyze the impact of climate change on hot regions – an impact which does not always lead agendas, but which may be more severe than thought.
Having published his first work on climate change in the 1990s, as a PhD student at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, he has since been involved in studies into related topics including climate variability, seasonality, phenology, changing rainfall patterns, and species decline. But since 2009, when he took up a faculty position at the University of Hong Kong, his research focus has primarily been on the vulnerability of the hotter parts of the world to climate change, and whether temperatures may already be too high for many of their species.
Less than one percent of global climate change research has been conducted in the world’s tropical zone – where, as of 2014, 40% of the Earth’s population live – with the emphasis tending to be on regions where temperatures are changing more rapidly, such as in the Northern Hemisphere. However, as Dr Thomson explains: “A small temperature increase in a region which is already too hot could be much more damaging than a large temperature increase in a region which is still too cold.”
His team at UAEU – whose Environmental Sciences Program was the UAE’s first postgraduate Masters program - has found that many species in cooler regions are actually better served by warmer conditions, through research that crystallized data from almost 50 studies on terrestrial birds. In hotter regions, however, they found many species have already reached the ‘optimal’ temperature level – where any increase immediately turns ‘perfect’ into ‘negative’.
In this field of research, Dr Thomson supervises a postgraduate student team, and has also involved 16 undergraduates in the last two years. Their work has featured at numerous conferences, and they have raised its profile and purpose among the UAE community through their outreach efforts.
“In essence, this is a research program,” says Dr Thomson, “but by engaging undergraduate and postgraduate research students, it is also an active experiential education program. The students are studying something real, then taking their work out into the public domain, where they can explain to the public and to decision-makers why it is important.”
The program’s impact, and its success in promoting undergraduate research, led to Dr Thomson being recognized at UAEU’s College of Science awards ceremony in 2017. It was the latest accolade in a career that has seen him run internationally-acclaimed research programs at prestigious institutions - including the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research – win plaudits for the quality of his courses, and see his work graded ‘excellent’ in peer review. He has been published in top journals such as Nature, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Ecology, Biological Reviews, and the Journal of Animal Ecology.
Dr Thomson takes this work beyond the laboratory, too. As a respected thought-leader and influencer on climate change, he participates in climate summits, contributes to media discussions, government working groups, and consultations, and is regularly invited to directly address leaders in the field of climate change.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
In July 2015 Iltaf Shah became an Assistant Professor of the College of Science at the United Arab Emirates University. His research focuses on the development of chemical tools to better understand the role of vitamins and metabolites in the human body. He is particularly interested in vitamin D targets and narrow-spectrum therapeutics. As part of this research, he recently developed an innovative vitamin D test to measure vitamin D deficiency in the Emirati population. In collaboration with Tawam Hospital Medical School, Dr. Shah is also seeking to commercialize this test by implementing it in UAE hospitals. He has also worked with Kingston University to develop a new test that detects kidney disease at an early stage in humans.
His other research interest is the bioanalysis of drugs and steroids in human and animal hair by using enzyme linked immune-sorbent assays, liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry instruments. He has recently developed a test used for doping control in camel racing. This is a joint effort between Dr David Cowan’s laboratory at Kings College London and the Camel Forensic Laboratory in Al Ain. After significant news coverage in the UAE, Iltaf has been asked to record an interview with ITV news in London to explain the science behind these innovations in camel racing drug tests.
Iltaf completed a B.Sc. at King Edward’s College and then both an M.Sc and Ph.D with Kingston University, England. He has worked as postdoctoral fellow with Professor Naughton at Kingston and then followed this with a lectureship at the same University. He then moved to UAE to take up a post as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at UAEU. His graduate, Ph.D and postdoctoral work was mainly on the bioanalytical aspects of small molecules in human bodily fluids. He has also investigated the use of specialised bioanalytical techniques for large molecules proteins and peptides.
He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has collaborated on several projects with St Thomas’s Hospital, Brighton, Sussex Medical School, Sheffield University, St George’s University, Aristotle University and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as well as with many private companies. Dr. Shah has received a number of awards for teaching and research, and is the author of more than 50 research articles.
He hold a teaching qualification and is a fellow of HEA. He also has management qualifications from the Chartered Management Institute where he remains a member.
An avid sports fan Iltaf follows Manchester United and enjoys cricket. Other hobbies include singing when he is not relaxing in the company of his wife and kids.
يعد قرار انضمامي إلى كلية العلوم من أفضل القرارات التي اتخذتها في حياتي، فالتصميم المعماري الحديث للحرم الجامعي، والمرافق البحثية العالمية والنخبة المتميزة من أعضاء هيئة التدريس ، جميع هذه العوامل تساهم في تطور الدولة وفي تحقيق رؤية 2030.
يعد العلوم من الحقول المتجددة التي يصعب في الغالب الإجابة عن تساؤلاتها، الأمر الذي دفعني وشدني لدراسة هذا العلم ، فالأساتذة ً غالبا ما يحاولون وضعنا في مواجهة بعض التحديات ، ولكن في نفس الوقت ً للمنهج بشكل لم أتوقعه. أشعر الآن ً فإنهم يقدمون شرحا ً وافيا وشاملا وفهمًا لمجال دراستي، مما ساهم في تطوير معارفي ً بأني أكثر اطلاعا ً ومهاراتي.
منذ أن بدأت في دراسة التخصص ، أدركت أنني في بداية طريق الاكتشاف، فبيئة الدراسة في الجامعة هي بيئة مشجعة وجاذبة من حيث المساقات الدراسية والمختبرات العلمية والكادر التعليمي المتميز.
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