Dr. Sarah Habibi: My Digital CV

I'm a Research Associate and Guest Lecturer at the Ontario Tech University working in the field of Molecular Biology and Science Education. I recently graduated from my PhD in Applied Bioscience, with a specific focus in parasitology. I'm also a science communicator where I share science hacks & career tips videos to help inspire people and women to pursue careers in STEAM.

About Dr. Sarah Habibi

Sarah Habibi has a PhD in Molecular Biology, with a specific focus in parasitology and pharmacology. Sarah has completed both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degree, and is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT: 676824). Sarah has a strong passion for teaching, research, and curriculum development, and has displayed this with over 5 years of experience working in higher educational institutes. In addition to Sarah's love for teaching, she is also committed to community outreach initiatives through science communication. Sarah has developed and taken part in many STEAM outreach programs at both the institutional and community level, highlighting her commitment to education within STEAM disciplines.

Sarah’s work on Science Communication within Higher Education

In addition to the science-relate research conducted during my PhD, I also have experience conducting and publishing research within the Faculty of Education. Specifically, I was a research assistant for the project that focused on assessing how Teacher Candidates’ understand and apply the Standards of Practice for the teaching profession. This initiated my drive to expand the scope of my research into science education and communication within higher education. Most recently, I conduced a lecture on Science Communication to a 3rd year Pharmacology course. This lecture set the basis for a creative course assignment that I developed, which further taught students the skills required for impactful communication of science. This lecture and developed assignment was used as an intervention into this course for the execution of a pedagogical research study. From here I received REB approval for my present study where I am the Principle Investigator assessing science student’s confidence in communicating science theory after the introduction of formal science communication training into an undergraduate pharmacology course. In addition, as an active science communicator, I have extensive experience writing, creating, and producing educational learning content that is based in a research-driven approach for maximizing public engagement with science. Currently I have a research manuscript in review with PLOSone titled “Static vs. Dynamic methods of delivery for science communication: A Critical analysis of user engagement with science on social media “, further highlighting my commitment to research-driven advances for making science education more accessible.

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Scholarly Publications

During Sarah's Doctoral studies, she published over 5 peer-reviewed research articles in the field of parasitology and pharmaceutical drug resistance. Since then, her Post-Doctoral research has shifted towards assessing pedagogical advances towards teaching the sciences within higher education institutes and investigating the role formal science communication has on preparing scientists for a life outside of academia. In total, Sarah has over 10 publication within only 6 years of her career.

1. Habibi, S.A, (2020) Characterization of the ACC-1 family of cys-Loop ligand gated ion channels from the parasiticnematode Haemonchus contortus. Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation. [Published online]
2. Habibi, S.A, (2020) The TikTok Scientist: A shift to online learning during a global Pandemic. PLOS SciComm. [Interview]
3. Habibi, S.A, Salim, L. (2020) Static vs. Dynamic methods of delivery for science communication: A Critical analysisof user engagement with science on social media. PLOS one [In Review- PONE-D-20-33676]
4. Habibi, S.A., Nazareth, K., and Forester, S.G. (2020) Investigation of subunit co-assembly of members of the ACCfamily with other cys-loop receptors. [In preparation]
5. Habibi, S.A., Blazie, S., Jin, Y. and Forrester, S.G. (2019) Isolation and characterization of a novel member of theACC ligand-gated chloride channel family, Hco-LCG-46, from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus.Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology. [111276]
6. Habibi, S.A., Callanan, M. and Forrester, S.G. (2018) Molecular and pharmacological characterization of anacetylcholine-gated chloride channel (ACC-2) from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus.International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance. 8(3): 518-525
7. Callanan, M., Habibi, S.A.*, Komuniecki, R., Law, W.J., and Forrester, S.G. (2018) Investigating the function andpossible biological role of an acetylcholine-gated chloride channel subunit (ACC-1) from the parasitic nematodeHaemonchus contortus. International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance. 8(3): 526-533 *Jointfirst author
8. Abdelmassih, S.A., Cochrane, E. and Forrester, S.G. (2018) Evaluating the longevity of surgically extractedXenopus laevis oocytes for the study of nematode ligand-gated ion channels. Invertebrate Neuroscience. 18(1):1-6
9. Kwaka, A., Hassan Khatami, M., Foster, J., Cochrane, E., Habibi, S.A., De Haan, H. and Forrester, S.G. (2018)Molecular characterization of binding loop E in the nematode cys-loop GABA receptor. Molecular Pharmacology.94(5): 1289-1297
10. Foster, J., Cochrane, E., Khatami, M.H., Habibi S.A., de Hann, H. and Forrester, S.G. (2018) A mutational andmolecular dynamics study of the cys-loop GABA receptor Hco-UNC-49 from Haemonchus contortus: Agonistrecognition in the nematode GABA receptor family. International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and DrugResistance. 8(3): 534-539
11. Van Nuland, S., and Abdelmassih, S.A. (2015) Primary/Junior Teacher Candidates’ Understanding andApplication of Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession. Challenging Disparities in Education.Conference Proceedings of the 59th World Assembly: 214-224 (Refereed Conference Proceeding)
12. Van Nuland, S., and Abdelmassih, S.A. (2015) Ontario’s Teachers Respond to Standards. Peaks & Valleys:Perspectives on Law and Education. Conference Proceedings of the Canadian Association for the Practical Studyof Law in Education: 285-307 (Refereed Conference Proceeding)

Research Projects & Interests

Ontario Tech University [Principle Investigator]
2020-Present

  • Title: Assessment of undergraduate science student confidence in communicating science theory afterreceiving formal science communication training. (REB #: 16043)
  • Case Study, Research paper
  • Co-investigators: Dr. Sean Forrester

Independent Research [Principle Investigator]
2019-Present

  • Title: Static vs. Dynamic methods of delivery for science communication: A Critical analysis of userengagement with science on social media (REB #: 16143)
  • Research Paper

Independent Research [Principle Investigator]
2019-Present

  • Title: Introduction of visual arts into science communication online: Evaluating user engagement.
  • Research Paper
  • Co- Investigators: Julia Ravey (London College University), PhD Candidate

Ontario Tech University [Research Assistant/ PhD Candidate]
2016-2020

  • Title: Pharmacological Characterization of the ACC-1 Family of Cys-Loop Ligand Gated Ion Channels fromthe Parasitic Nematode Haemonchus contortus.
  • PhD Dissertation
  • Co-Investigators: Dr. Sean Forrester

Research Interests

  • Teaching and Learning within higher Education
  • STEAM Education
  • Science communication
  • eLearning for the sciences

Research Presentations

1. Characterization of the ACC-1 family of cys-Loop ligand gated ion channels from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. Exit Seminar for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Science. Oshawa, Canada. November 2020.
2. A guide to Science Communication Online: How to effectively engage the public on social media. Workshop Host. ComSciConGTA, online conference. September 2020.
3. Pharmacological characterization and molecular modelling of novel heteromeric acetylcholine-gated chloride channel subunits from Haemonchus contortus. Applied Bioscience PhD Seminar, Faculty of Science. Oshawa, Canada. October 2019.
4. Isolation and characterization of a novel member of the ACC ligand-gated chloride channel family, Hco-LCG-46, from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the Annual Montreal Parasitology Symposium 2019. Montreal, Quebec. June 14, 2019
5. Pharmacological characterization of the acetylcholine-gated chloride channel (ACC) family from Haemonchus contortus. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at the Annual Montreal Parasitology Symposium 2019. Montreal, Quebec. June 14, 2019
6. Can we save livestock from parasites? Overcoming a global drug resistance problem. 3 Minute Thesis Presentation. School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Ontario Tech U. March 2019.
7. Identification and pharmacological characterization of an acetylcholine-gated chloride channel from Haemonchus contortus. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at Anthelmintics III Meeting. Clearwater, Florida. January 30, 2018.
8. Characterization of the acetylcholine ACC-2 receptor subunit in the parasitic nematode Haemonchus controtus through site-directed mutagenesis. Honours thesis presentation. Faculty of Science. Oshawa, Canada. April 2015.
9. Primary/Junior Teacher Candidate Understanding of Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession. Paper presented at the 59th Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching: Naruto, Japan. June 2015.
10. Ontario Teachers Respond to the Standards. Paper presented at the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education Conference. Kelowna, British Columbia. May 2015.
11. Primary/Junior Teacher Candidates’ Understanding and Application of Standards of Practice. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at the 58th Assembly of The International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET). Oshawa, Canada. June 2014.

Contact Information

Dr. Sarah Habibi, PhD
Toronto, Ontario
E: Habibi.Sarah11@gmail.com

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Dr. Sarah Habibi, PhD - Researcher, Curriculum Developer, and Educator

I'm a Research Associate and Guest Lecturer at the Ontario Tech University working in the field of Molecular Biology and Science Education. I recently graduated from my PhD in Applied Bioscience, with a specific focus in parasitology. I'm also a science communicator where I share science hacks & career tips videos to help inspire people and women to pursue careers in STEAM.

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