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)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 318)
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 319)
General Microbiology (BIO 341)
Research Interests
According to the CDC, as of 2023, 38.4 million people — 11% of the population — have diabetes; 97.6 million aged 18 and above are prediabetic. 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 through 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 levels of MG and the protective role of antioxidants such as the internal antioxidant glutathione, vitamin C and turmeric in protecting cells in diabetes.

Keywords: hyperglycemia, Methylglyoxal, oxidative stressors, glutathione

M.S. in Molecular Biology from Northeastern Illinois University

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

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

Selected Publications

Gorgis, T., Habib, N. and Mungre, S. (2010), Effect of Methylglyoxal on BV-2 Cells. FASEB J, 24: lb132-lb132.


Habib, N. and Mungre, S. (2010), Oxidative Stress Injury To PC12 Cells Under Glycating Conditions. FASEB J, 24: 485.7-485.7.


Habib, N., Goswami, G. and Mungre, S. (2010), Inflammatory Cytokines Induce Oxidative Stress And Apoptosis In PC12 Cells. FASEB J, 24: 485.8-485.8.

Room BBH 358C
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5720
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