Professor Habib
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5720
Immunology Microbiology Cell/ Molecular biology Human Anatomy and Physiology
Courses Taught
Introduction to Biology (BIO 100)
Human anatomy and physiology
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. Molecular Biology (Northeastern Illinois University), 2010

M.S. Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology (College of Veterinary Medicine, Iraq), 2007

B.V.M&S. Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (College of Veterinary Medicine, Iraq), 2003

Selected Publications

Nawaf Habib, Gauri Goswami, and Sue Mugre. 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 all kinds of surgeries concentrating on farm animals.

 After that I decided to pursue a 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 so many diseases) form chicken eggs.

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

In 2008, I came to the United States and pursued another post graduate study in molecular biology at Northeastern Illinois University. I studied the effect of high level of methylglyoxal (MG) on PC12 (a neuronal cell line) and BV2 (a macrophage cell line), as well as studying 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 classes as well as the lab portion of human anatomy and physiology concentrating on human anatomy using cadavers in the lab.

I am currently teaching microbiology for nurses at Ambria College of Nursing as well.      

BBH 358C
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5720
Office Hours
TRF 9:30-10:30 a.m.
El Centro
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