Jamila Borjac

Jamila Borjac
Faculty: ScienceDepartment: Biological SciencesPosition: Assistant Professor of BiochemistryOffice Number: B115 (A2 building)Phone: +961 7 985 858Ext: 3310E-mail: j.borjac@bau.edu.lb

Biography

Dr. Borjac started her PhD studies at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, USA under the supervision of Professor Catherine Fenselau where she acquired important spectrophotometric techniques like FAB, Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption. She moved on to Tulane University in Louisiana, USA where she received her PhD degree in Biochemistry in 1997. At Tulane, she worked under the supervision of the chair of the Biochemistry department, Professor Jim Karam, where she learned diverse molecular biology and biochemical techniques like DNA sequencing, PCR, cloning, protein expression and purification, RNA-protein interaction, as well as bacterial culture and phage propagation. Dr. Borjac worked at different universities in Lebanon before she landed at Beirut Arab University. Her research interest focuses on the use of herbal medicine in the treatment of different ailments such as inflammation, cancer, colitis, and kidney diseases.

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Teaching

Previous courses

Undergraduate Courses:

Physical Biochemistry, Biochemistry I and II, Structural Biochemistry, Metabolism, Nutrition, Nucleic acid-Protein interactions, Cell signaling.

Graduate Courses:

Advanced Biochemistry, Research Methods, Genetic Engineering, Technical Writing and Research Skills, Protein Structure and Functions, Special topics in Enzymes,

Spring 2015/2016

Research

Publications

1.    Rizk, S., Al Bast, N., Hodroj, M., Borjac, J. Aqueous Urtica Dioica Leaves Extract Inhibits Proliferation of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cells in Vitro. Clinical Lymphoma Myeloma and Leukemia. Volume 17 supplement 2 pp. S279-280. Part of special issue of the Proceedings of Society of Hematologic Oncology 2017.


2.    F. Reda., J. Borjac;, R. Fakhouri., J. Usta. Cytotoxic Effect of Moringa Oleifera on Colon Cancer cell lines. Acta Hortic. 2017. 1158. ISHS 2017. DOI. 10.17660/Actahortic. 2017.1158.30

3.    Rana Bitar, Rajaa Fakhoury, Ragaee Fahmi, Jamilah Borjac. Histopathological Effects of the Annona muricata Aqueous Leaves Extract on the Liver and Kidneys of Albino Mice. 2017. Transl Med (Sunnyvale). 2017, 7:2. DOI: 10.4172/2161-1025.1000194

4.    Sarah Fawwaz, Hanaa Fakhoury Hajeer, Mahmoud Balbaa, Jamila Borjac, Rajaa Fakhoury. Association between ACE I/D Gene Polymorphism and Lebanese End Stage Renal Disease Patients with Diabetic Nephropathy. Saudi journal of kidney diseases and transplantation. 2017. 28(2):325-329. doi: 10.4103/1319-2442.202789.

5.    Dannaoui, R., Saab, H., Dakdouki, M., El-Sibai, M., Usta, J., Borjac, J. Effect of Methotrexate and Carboplatin on Plasma Membrane Phospholipid Content and Motility of MCF7 Cells. 8(4): 1-12, 2015, Article no.IJBcRR.20709 ISSN: 2231-086X, NLM ID: 101654445.

6.    Borjac-Natour, J.M., Petrov, V.M., and Karam, J.D., Divergence of the mRNA targets for the Ssb proteins of bacteriophaes T4 and RB69. Virology Journal 2004, 1:4 (17 September 2004).

7.    Van der Veyver IB., Norman B., Tran C., Bourjac J, and Slim R. The human homolog (PEG 3) of the mouse paternally expressed gene 3 (Peg3) is maternally imprinted but not mutated in women with familial recurrent hydatidiform molar pregnancies. J Soc Gynecol Invest 8:305-313, 2001.

Research Interests

Following are the diverse topics Dr. Borjac is currently working on:

1. Studying the effect of Moringa Oleifera on colon cancer cells.

2. Studying the effect of Annona Muricata on Inflammation in rodents

3. Studying the effect of Urtica Dioica on Acute Myeloid Leukemia cells

4. Studying the effect of Tecrium Polium on colitis in rodents

5. Studying the Effect of Thiamine Dilaurylsulfate (TDS) and Malic Acid on Bacterial Growth in Lebanese Hummus Paste

6. Studying the effect of nanoparticles on neurotransmitter levels in rodent models with Parkinson disease

7. Studying the effect of Ferric Ethylenediamine-N,N-bis(2 Hydroxyphenylacetic Acid) (Fe EDDHA) on growth of some crops

8. Studying the association of low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein ‎‏5‏‎(LRP‎‏5‏‎) polymorphism and the risk of osteoporosis in Lebanese menopausal women

9. Studying the association between mutations in beta globin gene and sickle cell disease ‎complications in Palestinians refugees in Lebanon

Activities

Dr. Borjac is a member of the following:

1. Scientific committee at BAU

2.     Institution Review Board committee at BAU

3. Library committee at BAU

4. Member of the Lebanese Association for the Advancement of Science (LAAS).

Awards

RNA Determinants of Specificity of Two Single-Stranded DNA Binding Proteins. Presented at the Oncology Research Update; Oct 5, 1997. New Orleans, Louisiana; U.S.A. (Poster won First Award).