Lecturer of Biology
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD KAUST
Research Areas: Cellular Plasticity, Biophysical Properties of Cells, Stem Cell Engineering and Organoid Technologies
Bakiza earned her first degree in medical physiology (faculty of medicine) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) where she worked on neuroimmune communication for her thesis. Later on, she joined the Pharmacogenomics and Neurogenetics lab to be primarily in complete charge of different projects related to Juvenile neuronal lipofuscinosis (JNCL) disease, breast cancer, and cytochrome P4502E1 genetic polymorphisms. Bakiza then obtained her second major in Bioscience, where she performed her PhD studies in laboratories from different disciplines. Her multidisciplinary work involves collaboration between various institutions, mainly King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and University of California Irvine (UCI).
Besides research, Bakiza was appointed to teach various laboratory-based courses such as Human Physiology, Plant Physiology, Medical Entomology, Mycology, Histology, Parasitology, and Zoology in the school of Medicine, Pharmacy and Biology at Beirut Arab University.
Bakiza is interested in studying the biophysics of stem cells and cancer models. She believes that multidisciplinary approaches will be useful to understand the mechanism of formation of various diseases such as neurodegenerative disorders and cancer.