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Postdoctoral Researchers and Graduate Students

Postdoctoral Researchers

JingJing Wang, PhD

Dr. Jingjing Wang is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Mohammed Baalousha’s group at the CENR. She earned her Ph.D in Applied Chemistry from Colorado School of Mines, Dr. James Ranville’s group, Golden, CO. During her Ph.D, she gained expertise in nano-analytics, in particular field flow fractionation and single particle-inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy, which were applied to her research to understand the environmental behaviors of manufactured carbon (biochar and carbon nanotubes).  Dr. Wang’s current research focuses on monitoring engineered nanoparticles in surface waters.


Graduate Students

Amjed Alabresm

Amjed Alabresm is a PhD student at CENR. My project is related to the assessment of toxicity of NPs used in environmental remediation of oil. Toxicity to bacteria and daphnia will be assessed, including effects on gene expression. This project is supervised by Professor Lead. He previously worked at the Marine Science Centre, University of Basra, Iraq as a researcher for seven years. He received his masters degree in Microbiology at University of Baghdad, Iraq in 1999.

Badria Almurshidi

Badria Almurshidi is a PhD student at the CENR, working under the supervision of Dr. Mohammed Baalousha and Dr. Saurabh Chatterjee. She earned her Master’s degree in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology from Oregon State University and a BSc in Biological Sciences from UAE University. Her research interests focus on the field on Nanotoxicology.

Hana Alhmeed

Hanaa Alhameed is a CENR, PhD Candidate studying under Dr. Mohammed Baalousha and Dr. Geffrey Scott, since August 2015. She earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Basra University. She received a M.Sc. in ecology pollution in 2005. Her project concentration is the fate of manufactured nanomaterials in the aquatic environment and toxicity of nanomaterials on aquatic species, including studying aggregation of nanomaterials.  

Amna Al-Hashmi 

Amna Al-Hashmi is a PhD student at CENR studying mentored by  Dr. Jamie Lead. She earned a B.S. degree in Biology with a cognate in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina (USC) in December, 2005. She worked as an environmental advisor for a National Mining Company in Oman for several years and then continued her higher education at USC and received a Master’s degree in Earth and Environment Resources Management (MEERM) from the College of Arts and Sciences. Her earlier research in MEERM program focused on assessing the impact of mining activities on the water quality of a local open pit copper mine. She also worked as an environment and sustainability specialist in the waste management sector in Oman and was in charge of assessing the environmental impacts of the waste management projects and implementing the environment and sustainability strategies adopted by the sector. Recently, she joined the CENR and her research focuses on understanding the role of nano-remediation in mitigating nanoparticle toxicity to fish.  

Amar Yasser Al-Rshim

Amar Yasser Al-Rshim is a PhD student at the CENR under the supervision of Dr. Mohammed Baalousha. Amar earned a Master’s of Food Science and  Biotechnology at the University of Basra (Iraq). Previously, Amar worked as researcher in the Marine Vertebrate Department at the Marine Science Center. His current research interest is in the biosynthesis of engineered nanoparticles and their application  as antimicrobial agent together with understanding their environmental health and safety. 

Gabriel Kenne

Gabriel Kenne is a PhD Candidate at CENR as of August 2016 studying under Dr. Robin “Buz” Kloot and Dr. Anindya Chanda. He earned a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he focused on molecular genetics, followed by an M.P.H. in Infectious Diseases and Zoonosis from Kansas State University. His early PhD research on fungal molecular biology and toxicology is being applied to a new focus on soil microbiology and soil health. His current research is to better understand what defines a healthy soil and how to promote healthy soils and crops naturally rather than through the use of agricultural chemicals. He is examining the soil microbiome and crop health under various controlled field conditions (such as cover crops, tillage practices, and the use of irrigation water hyperoxygenated with nanobubbles) to determine the best ways to optimize food production to feed a growing global population while decreasing dependencies on synthetic chemicals.

Shibani Kulkarni

Shibani Kulkarni is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She earned her MPH in Global Health from Emory University. Her current graduate assistantship is with Dr. Daniela Friedman and Dr. Jamie Lead, focused on an NIEHS-funded qualitative study to examine strategies for the communication of environmental risks associated with breast cancer among African-American communities in South Carolina.

Kaleea Lewis

Kaleea Lewis is a doctoral candidate in the Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior department. Her academic advisor is Dr. Emily S. Mann. She earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Converse College and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of South Carolina – Arnold School of Public Health (Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior). Ms. Lewis’ current research interests include racial health inequities, racial justice/equity, and the health ramifications of internalized and institutionalized racism as it relates to the mental health of millennial African Americans. Her current research with Dr. Daniela Friedman and Dr. Jamie Lead is a qualitative study of communication of environmental risks associated with breast cancer among African-American communities in South Carolina.

Samantha McNeal

Samantha McNeal is a PhD student at the CENR under the advisement of Dr. Jamie Lead and started her research in June 2015. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Health from Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University and her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Norfolk State University. Her research interests include but are certainly not limited to nanoparticles leached from consumer products, water quality, occupational health, and global health. Her current project is investigating the transport and transformation of nanoparticles in the environment and biological media and their impact on health. 

Mohammed Othman

Mohammed Othman is a PhD student at the CENR, which he joined on October 2016 and is supervised by Dr Jamie Lead. He earned his Master's degree in Global Environmental Health Sciences from the School of Public Health at Tulane University, New Orleans. His current research interest is in the biodistribution of Silver Nanoparticles (AgNP) in the body using animal models and investigating the uptake processes and response of microbiome to the AgNP.



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