Chronic nicotine exposure systemically alters 2013 microRNA expression profiles during post-embryonic stages in Caenorhabditis elegans.
J Cell Physiol.
Instructor January 2015 to CurrentEast Carolina University - Greenville, NC
Grant writing workshop series 2015.
Teaching assistant January 2014 to January 2015o Graduate School, East Carolina University - Greenville, NC
Undergraduate research mentor January 2013 to CurrentEast Carolina University - Greenville, NC
Invited reviewer January 2014 to CurrentEast Carolina University PLOS ONE - Greenville, NC
President of Biology Graduate Student Association January 2015 to CurrentBGSA East Carolina University - Greenville, NC
Fulbright scholar for an MS in molecular biology 2011-2013.
US Department of State.
PhD : Program Biological Sciences, presentIDPBS East Carolina University - Greenville, NCGPA: GPA: 4.0Program Biological Sciences GPA: 4.0
M.S : Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 2013East Carolina University - Greenville, NCGPA: GPA: 4.0Molecular Biology and Biotechnology GPA: 4.0
M1 Masters : Biology, 2011Lebanese University - Beirut, LebanonBiology
B.S : Biology, 2010Lebanese University - Beirut, LebanonBiology
Arabic, Levantine, English
Member of Sigma Xi 2014-present Member of Genetics Society of America (GSA) 2014-present Member of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 2013 Member of American Chemical Society (ACS) 2012 Member of International Exchange Alumni, Bureau of Educational and Cultural 2013-present Affairs, United States of America Member of Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) at ECU 2011-present Member of Ghazie Collegiate Student Association, Lebanon 2011-present Member of Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Alumni Association, Lebanon 2005-present
1. Taki F. A., Pan X., Zhang B. Nicotine 'sobers up' drunken worms via miRNA- 2015 dependent mechanisms across three generations. Submitted. 2. Wu H., Huang C., Taki F. A., Zhang Y., Dobbins D. L., Li L., Yan H., Pan X. 2015 Benzo--pyrene induced oxidative stress in Caenorhabditis elegans and the potential involvements of microRNA. Chemosphere. 139:496-503. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.08.031. 3. Taki F. A., Pan X., Zhang B. Revisiting chaos theorem to understand the nature 2015 of miRNAs in response to drugs of abuse. J Cell Physiol. doi: 10.1002/jcp.25037. 4. Taki F. A., Pan X., Lee M. H., Zhang B. Nicotine exposure and transgenerational 2014 impact: a prospective study on small regulatory microRNAs. Sci. Rep. 4. 5. Taki F. A., Abdel-Rahman A. A., Zhang B. A comprehensive approach to 2014 identify reliable reference gene candidates to investigate the link between alcoholism and endocrinology in Sprague-Dawley rats. PLoS One. doi: Faten A Taki 1/4 10.1371/journal.pone.0094311. 6. Wu H., Taki F. A., Zhang Y., Dobbins D. L., Pan X. Evaluation and 2014 identification of reliable reference genes for toxicological study in Caenorhabditis elegans. Mol Biol Rep. doi: 10.1007/s11033-014-3206-6 7. Xie F., Stewart C. N. Jr., Taki F. A., He Q., Liu H., Zhang B. High-throughput 2014 deep sequencing shows that microRNAs play important roles in switchgrass responses to drought and salinity stress. Plant Biotechnol J. doi: 10.1111/pbi.12142. 8. Taki F. A., Pan X., Zhang B. Nicotine exposure caused significant 2013 transgenerational heritable behavioral changes in Caenorhabditis elegans. EXCLI J, 12(1611-2156), 793-806.
10. Taki, F. A., Zhang B. Determination of reliable reference genes for multi- 2013 generational gene expression analysis on C. elegans exposed to abused drug nicotine. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s00213-013-3139-0. INVITED PRESENTATIONS The 20th international C. elegans meeting at UCLA, LA; June 24-28 (poster) 2015 2014 NIDA international forum, San Juan, Puerto Rico; June 13-16 (poster) 2014 CPDD 76th annual scientific meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico; June 14-19 (oral) 2014 2014 Research and Creativity week at ECU, NC; March 23 -27 (oral) 2014 SETAC North America 34th meeting, Nashville, TN; November 17-21 (poster) 2013 Sigma Xi student research conference, Raleigh, NC; November 9 (poster) 2013 The 19th international C. elegans meeting at UCLA, LA; June 26-30 (poster) 2013 GRANTS AND CERTIFICATES Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research award (400$). 2015 Travel award by NIDA International Program to participate in 2014 NIDA 2014 international forum and CPDD 76th Annual Scientific Meeting (900$). Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Elsevier Best 2013 Student Poster Presentation Award (375$). SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting Nashville Award (400$). 2013 19th annual C. elegans international meeting at UCLA Award (500$). 2013 American Chemical Society 2013 Graduate award (125$). 2013 AMIDEAST mini-grant (250$), YES alumni funds (240$), book donations from 2008-2009 embassy. Certificate as a founding member of International Peace Forum Network by The 2007 Suzanne Mubarak Women's International Peace Movement. Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation for participation in Global 2007 Leadership in 21st century program: Identity, Diversity, Respect and Opportunity by AFS (intercultural programs Egypt/E.S.I.E). Achievement Award in Junior Varsity Basketball. 2005 Faten A Taki 2/4 Certificate of completion of U.S. DOS YES Program by U.S Department of 2005 State. AWARDS The 2015 ECU Sigma Xi Chapter Student Helms Award which focuses 2015 largely on the clarity and significance of a single research publication. Gerhard W. Kalmus Graduate Student Award for outstanding academic 2014 accomplishment and service. First place for graduate presentation in Biomedical Sciences in the 2014 2014 Research and Creativity Week at East Carolina University. First place in the 2013 SETAC Elsevier Best Student Poster 2013 Presentation Competition. First Place in the 12th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Conference- 2013 Graduate Student Division- Behavioral and Social Sciences. The 2013 Graduate Student Awards in Environmental Chemistry by the 2013 American Chemical Society, a prestigious international award to graduate students who made significant achievement in the field of environmental chemistry and toxicology. A Fulbright degree scholar award. The Fulbright Program is the 2011-2013 flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential. Winner of Global Leadership in the 21st Century (GL21): Identity, 2007 Diversity, and Opportunity Scholarship Program. Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program Scholarship award funded 2004-2005 by the US Department of State.
Arabic, English, Grant writing, letters, molecular biology