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Zanesville’s Al-Saghir shares expertise in cell biology and botany


Mohannad Al-Saghir, associate professor of biological sciences at Ohio University Zanesville, recently earned two distinctive honors.

He was invited by the prestigious Journal of Cell Science and Report to join its editorial board. In addition, he was solicited by the Harvard University to have his work included in its botanist database.

The Journal of Cell Science and Report is an international, peer-reviewed journal in the field of cell biology. Al-Saghir’s editorial, “Cancer Stem Cell Research: The Future Direction”, was featured in the journal’s inaugural issue. In the editorial, he outlines academic research findings which differentiate rare cancer stem cells from all the other cells of a tumor. He highlights the significance and implications of these findings for scientists’ future efforts to eliminate the disease.

The Harvard University Herbaria (HUH), houses five comprehensive, research libraries, rich in journals, research, and field notes from an international community of scholars. Al-Saghir’s experience is a valuable addition to the prominent database and index of botanists indexed as a specialty author in the field of Spermatophytes.

Al-Saghir’s expertise in the field of botany is evident by his peer-reviewed journal publications including articles in the American Journal of Plant Sciences, Natural Science, Open Journal of Synthesis Theory and Applications and the Journal of Biological Sciences. He has conducted and compiled research on everything from the commercially valuable Pistacia, to the antibacterial properties of various plant leaf extracts.

Al-Saghir, who joined the Ohio University Zanesville faculty in 2006, blends research, service and teaching to demonstrate to his students the importance of applying what they learn to their daily lives. He is also the advisor for the Green Bobcats, an environmental education student group on campus.

“For me, I love research and teaching equally,” he explained. “We can’t disconnect research from teaching, as doing scholarship advances your knowledge in your field and keeps you updated.” His motivation to blend research and teaching is inspired by seeing his own students participate in experiential learning activities in areas of interest to them.  

Al-Saghir’s editorial in The Journal of Cell Science and Report can be found at http://medcraveonline.com/MOJCSR/MOJCSR-01-00002.pdf, and his profile on the Harvard database may be viewed at http://kiki.huh.harvard.edu/databases/botanist_search.php?id=95577.