Nawaf Habib
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5720
Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology
Courses Taught
Introduction to Biology (BIO 100)
BIO 318 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
BIO 319 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)
Research Interests
According to CDC and as of 2010, 25.8 million people—8.3% of the population—have diabetes; 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older. I am interested in studying the effect of methylglyoxal (MG) on PC12 neuronal and BV2 macrophage cell lines. High level of MG have been detected in diabetic patients in relation to glycolysis, and it is has been linked to the cytotoxic effects in diabetes. I am also interested in studying the oxidative stressors related to high level of MG as well as the protective role of the antioxidants such as the internal antioxidant glutathione, vitamin C and turmeric in protecting the cells in diabetes.

M.S. in Molecular Biology, Northeastern Illinois University

M.S. in Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iraq

B.V.M.&S. (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery), College of Veterinary Medicine, Iraq

Selected Publications

Nawaf Habib, Gauri Goswami, and Sue Mungre. Inflammatory Cytokines Induce Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis in PC12 Cells. FASEB. 24(11):485.8. Abstract.

Tanya Gorgis, Nawaf Habib, and Sue Mungre. 2010. Oxidative stress injury to PC12 cells under glycating conditions. FASEB. 24(11):485.7. Abstract  

Tanya Gorgis, Nawaf Habib, and Sue Mungre. Effect of methylglyoxal on BV-2 cells. FASEB. 24(11):lb.132. Abstract


I finished veterinary school from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Iraq. I worked in my father’s animal clinic as veterinarian conducting all kind of veterinary services from medicine to surgeries, concentrating on farm animals.

After that I decided to pursue post graduate study in Immunology. My work was based on studying the best vaccination program against infectious bursal disease in chicken. I studied several vaccination programs and compared their effect on both humoral and cellular immunity. I also isolated IgY (a potential immuno-therapeutic for many diseases) from chicken eggs.

I taught biology, microbiology and immunology classes for veterinary school students at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Mosul, Iraq from 2003-2007.

In 2008, I came to the United States and pursued a Master of Science at Northeastern Illinois University. I studied the effect of high levels of methylglyoxal (MG) on PC12 (a neuronal cell line) and BV2 (a macrophage cell line), as well as studied the internal antioxidant glutathione. I also studied the effect of using a supplemental called curcumin in reducing the effect of methylglyoxal.

I have been an instructor at NEIU since 2010. I teach Introduction to Biology courses as well as Human Anatomy and Physiology, with a concentration on human anatomy using cadavers in the lab.  I am currently also teaching Microbiology for nurses at Ambria College of Nursing.      

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5720
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