Mohamed A. Farag, Ph.D.
TWAS fellow, Alexander von Humboldt fellow
Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo, Egypt
Managing editor Journal of Advanced Research
Specializing in metabolomics, natural products chemistry, and plant biochemistry, Mohamed A. Farag completed his PhD at Texas Tech University, USA, in 2003. In 2005, after spending time as a postdoctoral fellow at The Samuel Noble Foundation, USA, and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, USA, he became assistant professor in 2005 at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt.
Since 2009, Dr Farag has been working as a part time visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, to participate in teaching plant metabolomics and chemomterics modelling for master students, and in 2009–2010 he held the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry, Germany. Dr Farag now works full time as a professor at the Pharmacognosy Department within the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University where his research work focuses primarily around applying innovative biochemical technologies (metabolomics) to help answer complex biological questions in medicine, herbal drugs analysis and agriculture.
Dr. Farag has been recognized with several awards, including Abd el Hameed Shoman award (2016), Egypt Higher State Incentive Award (2012), Cairo University Incentive Award (2009), TWAS award in science diplomacy (2014), and the Mass Spectroscopy Performance Award, TTU, USA (2004). For his highly cited publications with close to 8000 citations and an H index of 44 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=nWjY6yoAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao, Dr. Farag was selected as a top researcher in the field of plant biology in Africa by the American society of plant biology, USA.
Dr. Farag is a current TWAS fellow in Agriculture from Egypt.
Science Talk: A Tool for Learning Science and Developing Scientific thinking
The direct and engaging experiences of hands-on, inquiry-based science draw out students’ sense of wonder, and readily lend themselves to conversation. Students are excited by their discoveries, motivating them to share, discuss, and debate their ideas with others. This talk is an instructional discourse practice that capitalizes on this enthusiasm and gives students opportunities to process their thinking and communicate about what they have seen and done. Through exchanging views with others, students develop their understanding of the science beyond what could be achieved individually. Examples are presented from real classroom experience of Dr. Farag on how to make have conversations in which students share their observations, interpret evidence, and explain their findings, and developing new perspectives to become better future entrepreneur, scientist or whatever they wish to be.