Rana El-Sabaawi

 

The University of British Columbia - Department of Botany
6270 University Blvd., Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
rana@mail.botany.ubc.ca
Phone: (604) 822- 3355 Fax (604) 822 6091


 

Personal Information:

        Born: July 9th, 1977

        Citizenship: Canadian

        Languages: English and Arabic (very little German)

 

Education

Current

M.Sc. candidate. The Department of Botany, The University of British Columbia

 

Supervisor: Dr. Paul. J. Harrison.

 

Thesis Title: The Effect of Iron and Light Limitation on the Photosynthesis of Oceanic Diatoms

1995-99

B.Sc. Honors (Biology). The University of Western Ontario
Graduated with Distinction in June 1999.

 

Supervisor: Dr. Charles G. Trick

 

Thesis title: Iron Acquisition In The Coastal Dinoflagellate, Prorocentrum
minimum.

1995

Ontario Secondary School Diploma. A.B. Lucas Secondary, London, Ontario.

 

Research and Work Experience

2000

Teaching Assistant- Department of Botany, The University of British Columbia

Biology 200 Cell Biology (Fall 2000 and 2001). Duties: Teaching and supervising weekly student labs and tutorials evaluating student exams, papers and assignments (three sections, 75 students in total in 2000 and 100 in 2001). 

Biology 120 (Now Biology 140) Introduction to Experimental Biology (Marine Biology sessions, Intertidal Biology elective). Duties: Supervising student labs, preparation of lecture material, supervising student filed trips, evaluating student exams, presentations, assignments and papers (2 sections, 50 students in total).

1998-99

Student Researcher - Department of Plant Sciences, The University of Western Ontario.

Supervisor: C.G Trick

Duties: Maintenance of lab facilities, maintenance of marine phytoplankton and marine bacterial cultures, Photosynthetic analyses,

1997-98

Research Technician - Molecular Genetics Unit, The Department of Zoology, and The University of Western Ontario.

Supervisor: B.G Atkinson

Duties: conducting protein and gene expression experiments, maintaining tadpole populations in the laboratory.

1997

Park Worker - Ontario Parks, The Ministry of Natural Resources, London, Ontario.

 

 

Awards and Honors:

2001

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) NSERC supplement

2000-01

National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Post Graduate Fellowship (PGS-A)

1999-2000

University Graduate Fellowship, The University of British Columbia.

1999

National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

1996-99

Dean's Honor list, The University of Western Ontario.

1996

Academic Bursary, The University Of Western Ontario.

1995

Entry Scholarship, The University Of Western Ontario.

 

Ontario Scholar Designation, A.B.Lucas.

 

O.A.C. Biology Award, A.B.Lucas.

Societies:

1999-2000

The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

1999-2001

The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST)

 

 

 

Professional Presentations:

El-Sabaawi, R.W., Trick, C.G. and Wells, M.L. 2000. Using Xenosiderohpores to Manipulate the Iron Status of Marine Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes. Ocean Science Meeting , San Antonio, TX.

El-Sabaawi, R.W. and Trick, C.G. 1999. Iron stress in The Coastal Dinoflagellate, Prorocentrum minimum. The 12th Annual Ontario Biology Days, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

El-Sabaawi, R.W.1999. Gaia and Natural Selection: A History of Conflict. The BiPED Group. Department of Philosophy, The University Of Western Ontario.

 

Field Experience:

October-2000

Volunteer Assistant - The 2000 Haida Eddy and GLOBEC cruise on board the CCGS John P. Tully.

Duration: two weeks

Work description: total and size fractionated chlorophyll analysis, primary productivity, bacterial siderophore production, and sample collection from Go-Flow and Niskin bottles.      

June- 1999

Volunteer Surveyor- An'wagi (formerly Kirk-Cousins) management areas, London, Ontario

Supervisor: Dr. A. K. Dewdney, The University of Western Ontario

Duration: One month

Work description: collection and phytoplankton identification in pond water.

Recent Volunteering Experience:

2001

Organizer- International Women's Day March 2001

 

Mentor- East Vancouver mentorship program for young women in science

Fall 2000 and 2001

Volunteer - Vancouver Writer's Festival

Winter 2000

Volunteer moderator - Ms Infinity -young women in science conference

 

Mentor- Langley mentorship program for young women in science

1990-2001

Volunteer writer- Discorder magazine (CiTR radio, UBC)