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Former aquaculture PhD student receives awards, promotion

Dr. Hanping Wang
Aquaculture Program Leader

Former aquaculture PhD student at OSU South Centers, Dr. Hiam Elabd, has recently been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the field of fish diseases and management by Benha University (BU), one of the top universities in Egypt. 

She has also been awarded three of the university’s 2019-2020 scientific excellence awards for papers from her research work at OSU South Centers. South Centers aquaculture staff Hong Yao, Paul O’Bryant, and Dean Rapp are co-authors of those papers and Dr. Hanping Wang was a corresponding author. 

Advised by Drs. Hanping Wang (OSU) and Shaheen (BU), Dr. Elabd completed her entire dissertation research at the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development (OCARD) from 2013 through 2015 under a joint PhD training program and received her PhD in 2017. 

Through the program and partnership, The Ohio State University and Benha University signed a memorandum of understanding in research collaboration in 2018, and then she was nominated for the coordinator of international relationships for faculty of veterinary medicine by her university. Dr. Elabd was back at OCARD for her post-doc research in 2019, sponsored by the U.S.-Egypt Joint Board on Scientific and Technological Cooperation. 

Through her dissertation and postdoc research in OSU South Centers, she has published six papers on reducing stress and disease in aquaculture using innovative approaches in prestigious international journals. In accordance with the progressive results and papers previously published and the OSU-BU signed MOU, Dr. Wang and Dr. Elabd recently developed a collaborative proposal. If it is funded, she will come to OSU to conduct more collaborative research.