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I am currently a Professor in Radiation Biology at Oxford Brookes University with a research background in cellular/tissue effects of damaging agents (chemicals and radiation).
I obtained my first degree in Biology from Baghdad University and PhD in Genetics from Swansea University. I have held a number of post-doctoral research Scientist positions (Swansea University; Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford and MRC Harwell). From 1999-2007, I led the ‘Genomic Instability’ group at the MRC prior to moving to Oxford Brookes University.
Our research focuses on understanding mechanisms of delayed effects of radiation (in vivo and in vitro) on irradiated and non-irradiated bystander cells in different mammalian cell/ tissue systems by determining the influence of radiation quality and dose, individual genetic differences, cell/tissue differences and cellular signalling molecules e.g. cytokines, reactive oxygen species and exosomes.
Our findings have had extensive conceptual impact leading to reconsideration of recommended dose limits permissible in both clinical and environmental context.
I am a member of several national committees and scientific societies: ‘COMARE’, ‘COMARE CT Sub-committee’, ‘UK Association for Radiation Research’, ‘Radiation Research Society, USA’, ‘Genetical Society’, ‘Mutagenesis Society’ and ‘Society of Biology’. I also act as expert for the UNESCO-Iraq committee for HE.
I regularly referee several International peer-review journals and Grant Applications (‘MRC’, ‘Welcome Trust’ and the European Space Agency ‘ESA’).