The two researchers from Biology & Biotechnology department at Arab American University, Dr. Hilal Zeid and Dr. Saba Shank, recently won three international research invitations in partnership with European researchers from Germany and France, funded by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Palestine, And the French consulate within Al-Maqdesi project.
Regarding research projects Dr. Helal Zeid, from AAUP in partnership with Dr. Cedric Lahosin from University of Lille in France, received a scholarship from the French Consulate within Al-Maqdesi project with an amount of 20 thousand Euros for the research entitled "Determining the mechanism of action and the targeted proteins for the chemicals extracted from Basil plant in the treatment of diabetes "
Dr. Hilal Zeid, in partnership with Dr. Saba Shank, and Professor Thomas Lin from University of Gastos Leipzig in Germany, received a scholarship from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Palestine and the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research of Germany with an amount of 40 thousand Euros for a research entitled " The use of complementary means between molecular biotechnologies, computerized biology and computer chemistry to detect chemical compounds extracted from plants to resist and treat diabetes. "
Also Dr. Saba Shank, in partnership with Prof. Volckard Helms from Saarland University in Germany, received a scholarship from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Palestine and the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research of Germany with an amount of 40 thousand Euros for a research entitled “The Affecting mechanism that make makes above genetic changes of Ribosomal DNA and their impact on genetic interactions with the MeCP2 transcription factor”
Dr. Hilal Zeid and Dr. Saba Shank are currently working on the development of a computerized system to facilitate predicting the mechanism of action and binding of the chemicals with related proteins to make insulin and absorb sugar into cells.