UFRI Fellow, Abu-Niaaj 2015

Abu-NiaajLubna Abu-Niaaj, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences
Central State University
Wilberforce, Ohio
Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellow
Award year: 2015

Dr. Abu-Niaaj is a molecular biologist who is interested in tissue regeneration and stem cells. She received her doctoral degree in 2009 from Indiana State University which was followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Wright State University during which she studied DNA replication. Dr. Abu-Niaaj’s has a MSc degree in Animal Physiology and a BSc degree in Clinical Laboratories from University of Jordan. In addition of having several publications in peer review journals, Dr. Abu-Niaaj is recognized for her leadership and community service.   


Dr. Abu-Niaaj has received several faculty grants to fund her research and professional development. Her current projects mainly engage undergraduate students in research to identify stemness genes and molecular pathways playing role in wound healing and tissue regeneration. Dr. Abu-Niaaj has a long experience in teaching and research during which she has mentored undergraduate and graduate students. She supports Central State University’s mission to prepare students for leadership and service through efforts to support her students, most of whom are underrepresented minorities, be engaged in research, internships, and extracurriculum activities. Dr. Abu-Niaaj believes her commitment to students as a mentor is crucial to support her students’ success in STEM career and life.

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