Rasha El Eraky

Rasha El-Eraqy
Lecturer of Microbiology and Immunology

Bio

Dr. Rasha is a Fulbright fellow and molecular microbiologist with over 10 years of diagnostic, research, and teaching experience in Egypt and the United States. She began her career in Tanta University in Egypt, where she earned her M.B.Ch.B., followed by an MSc in Microbiology and Immunology. Afterwards, she was awarded the renowned Fulbright Fellowship in 2011 to pursue her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Illinois in Chicago, USA. Her doctorate and postdoctoral studies in the United States focused on elucidating the epigenetic and transcriptional regulatory mechanisms driving Hepatitis B virus (HBV)
biosynthesis in order to find a radical cure.

Dr. Rasha’s research has been published and presented in a number of prestigious international publications and conferences, including the CSHL meeting and the international HBV meeting. She has also held director-level posts at a number of research institutes in Egypt, both government and corporate.

Dr. Rasha’s current research is focused on investigating the molecular mechanisms governing virus-host interactions.

Qualifications

  • Dec 2017, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
    PhD in Microbiology & Immunology (Fulbright grantee)
  • Oct 2009, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt
    MSc in Microbiology &Immunology
  • 2006 Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt
    Internship in Medicine, Tanta University Hospitals
  • Nov 2005 Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt
  • Bachelor of Medicine &Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.Ch.)

Area of Research

  • Microbe-host interactions.
  • Anti-bacterial and antiviral drug screening.
  • Vaccine development.

Academic Positions

  • 2020 I Present Faculty of Medicine, Galala University, Egypt.
    Lecturer of Microbiology and Immunology.
  • 2018 I 2020 Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt.
    Lecturer of Microbiology and Immunology.
  • 2017 I 2018 College of Medicine, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Lab. of Prof. Alan McLachlan, PhD.
  • 2012 I 2017 College of Medicine, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.
    PhD Candidate, Lab. of Prof. Alan McLachlan, PhD.
  • 2010 I 2012 Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt.
    Teaching Assistant, Microbiology and Immunology, MSc.
  • 2007 I 2010 Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt.
    Teaching Assistant, Microbiology and Immunology.

Job Grades

  • 2019 I 2020 Clinical Microbiology Consultant Al Mokhtabar Labs, Integrated Diagnostics Holdings (IDH), (CAP & ISO accredited), Cairo, Egypt. 
  • 2007 I 2012 Clinical Microbiologist Microbiology Department Labs, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt.

Activities

Teaching Activities, 2018 l Present

  • BMS271 General Microbiology for Dentistry: Level 2, Dental Medicine Program, Faculty of Dentistry, Galala University, Egypt.
  • BMS201 Blood & Lymphatics system: Level 2, Medicine and Surgery Program, Faculty of Medicine, Galala University, Egypt.
  • BMS171 Principles of Microbiology and Infestation: Level 1, Medicine and Surgery Program, Faculty of Medicine, Galala University, Egypt.
  • BMS174 Microbiology for Nursing: Level 1, Nursing Science Program, Faculty of Nursing, Galala University, Egypt.
  • Principles of Medical Microbiology Module: Level 1, Medicine & Surgery Bachelor Program-Credit Points (MSBPCP), Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt. General Microbiology for Dentistry: Level 2, Faculty of Dentistry, Tanta University, Egypt. EDITORIAL ROLES & PEER REVIEW 2019 I 2020 Managing editor, Journal of Cancer &Biomedical Research. 2018 I present Scientific literature reviewer, https://publons.com/researcher/283966 1/rasha-shalaby/ Journal of Medical Virology, Frontiers in Medicine, PLOS One, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Journal of Cancer & Biomedical Research 

Administrative Rules, 2020 I Present 

  • Member of the Faculty of Medicine board committee. 
  • Member of labs establishment committee.
  • Member of environmental health & safety committee.
  • Member of infection control committee Galala University, Egypt 2019 I 2020 Director, Cell Culture and Proteomics Units, Center of Excellence for Cancer Research (CECR), Tanta University, Egypt 2019 Vice Director, Central Research Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt.

Awards & Honorable Mentions

  • 2021 Fulbright Alumni Development Grant, USA.
  • 2019 International HBV Meeting Travel Grant, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2017 International HBV Meeting Travel Grant, Washington D.C., USA.
  • 2012 I 2016 US-Fulbright PhD Fellowship (Egypt-Fulbright Missions Program).
  • 2006 Academic Excellence Award, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt.

Projects

  • Studies on the differential expression of cytokines, transcriptome and miRNA in the context of COVID-19 infection in Egyptian community Funding: Tanta University (accepted) Role: co-investigator 2020 I Present.
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics by Pan African Bioinformatics Network; H3ABioNet, Cape Town, South Africa Funding: Pan African Bioinformatics Network (accepted) Role: educational project coordinator and teaching assistant 2021.

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