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Dr Hail Rihan

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Role

Researcher 

Qualifications

Plymouth University

(1st May 2013)

 

 Plymouth University

2010 - 2013.

PhD  in Plant tissue culture, seed production and molecular biology

 

I have completed successfully number of taught modules within my degree programme as follows:

·         Techniques in Botanical Conservation (10 credits)

·         Plant Taxonomy and Identification (10 credits)

·         Postgraduate Research Skills and Methods (20 credits)

 

Plymouth University

2010

Preparation to Teach modules: GTA (General teaching associate) (certificate) and LTHE300 (certificate+20 credits)).

 

University of Damascus

2002-2007

 BSc in Agriculture Engineering with an overall mean of 83.44 % (No 1 in over 600 students graduated from all faculties of agriculture in Syria 2007)

 

University of Asyut

2006

I completed two courses:

1. Experience certificate in Horticulture Practical techniques.

2. Experience certificate in Molecular Biology and genetic engineering.

Professional membership

1.      Higher Education Academy (HEA) /UK (from2010).

2.      Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) (from2009).

3.      International Society for Horticulture Science (ISHS)(from 2011).

4.      Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) (from2010).

5.      Postgraduate society/University of Plymouth/ (from2010)/acted Chairman of the Society for the year 2012.

6.      Plymouth University graduate committee (2012).

7.      School of Biomedical and Biological SciencesResearch Committee.

8.      School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences SafetyCommittee.

Teaching interests

Plymouth University

 

 

 

Plymouth University

2010-2012

 

 Plymouth University

2010

 

Currently working as associate lecturer in the School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences/Faculty of Science and Technology. I am responsible for designing, delivering and assessing 150 students in Module Bio 005 Extended Science

 

I worked as a Demonstrator, which required the supervision of undergraduates’ practical classes. I have been personally responsible for up to fifty students at a time.

 I worked as an invigilator from which I obtained an experience in terms of running and organising exams.

 

University of Damascus 2008-2009

I worked as a Teaching Assistant, teaching practical parts of several modules (Plant Genetic Improvement and Plant Protected Culture modules). The experience I gained, included:

Lecturing: delivering lectures, leading field work and tutorials.

Assessment: I ran exams and assessed students work.

Administration: I worked in the administration office and helped organised graduate ceremonies in the faculty of agriculture at University of Damascus.

 

Arab Centre for Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) 2007-2008

I worked as an expert in fruit trees production. As part of my dutioes in the centre I delivered lectures in the courses which the Arabic centre run for agricultural engineers around Middle Eastern Countries. I also delivered talks on open days, which the Arabic Centre arranged regularly.

Research interests

   My particular research interest is to apply myskills and knowledge in molecular techniques, plant tissue culture, breedingand seed production for the improvement and production of stress tolerant varietiesof plants.

 

Other research

Ø  My BSc/University of Damascus/Graduate Projectinvestigated the ability of improvements to the germination of Pistaciaatlantica as drought tolerant stock of Pistaciavulgaris using various types of Plant Growth Regulators.

Ø   I haveresearch experience in olive research in the Arabic Centre for the Study ofArid Zones and Dry Lands, League of Arab States. The work focused on the breedingof olives in order to obtain drought tolerant varieties suitable for cultivationin poor quality land.

Ø  I am processing research on the breeding of wheatusing Biomolecular techniques in order to improve its standing of abioticstresses (drought, cold and salinity). 

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

I have supervised a number ofundergraduate students with their Honours Projects.   I was responsible for the supervision two undergraduatestudents at University of Damascus. The projects focused on the breeding ofolive to produce stress tolerant varieties. These students   successfully graduated and hold BSc degrees.

I also supervised anundergraduate Honours project student at Plymouth University/School ofBiomedical and Biological Sciences. His project focused on the effect ofmolybdenum on the cauliflower micropropagation and artificial seeds production.

Grants & contracts

1.   I was successful in obtaining a travel grant fromBiosciences KTN (Knowledge Transfer Manager) to present my research in the BiosciencesKTN Early Career Researchers Event on the 23rd May, 2013 in London.

2.      I was successful in obtaining a travel grant fromcompany of biologists via the society of experimental biology in order topresent my research in the VIII International Symposium on In VitroCulture & Horticulture Breeding - Portugal June 2013.
3.      I was the winner of the Early Career ResearcherAward in the Expert category in the Vice-Chancellor’s Enterprise Awards 2012 atPlymouth University.
4.      I was rewarded as the winner of the best oralpresentation in the postgraduate conference at the University of Plymouth 2011.
5.      I was successful in obtaining a travel grant fromPlymouth award scheme to present my research in the (Researchs-Teachers-Learners,We are all in this together) international symposium, 2011.
6.      I was successful in obtaining a travel grant fromthe society of experimental biology to present my research in the societyannual meeting in Glasgow, 2011, UK.

Publications(achieved in last 3 years):

1.      Al-Issawi M, Rihan H Z ., Al-Shmgani, H. &Fuller, M. P. 2015a. Molybdenum application enhances antioxidant enzymeactivity and COR15a protein expression under cold stress in wheat. Journal ofPlant Interactions, 1-22.

2.      Al-Issawi, M., Rihan, H. Z., Mahdi, U. H. &Fuller, M. P. 2015b. Frost Hardiness of Iraqi Wheat genotypes. DiyalalAgricultural Sciences Journal, 7.

3.      Dewir, Y., El Mahrouk, M., Hafez, Y., Rihan, H.& Saez, C. 2015a. Antioxidative capacity and electrolyte leakage in healthyversus phytoplasma infected tissues of Euphorbia coerulescens and Orbeagigantea. J Plant Physiol Pathol 3, 1, 2.

4.      Dewior, Y. H., El Mahrouk, M. E.-S., Al-Shmgani, H.S., Rihan, H. Z., Teixeira Da Silva, J. A. & Fuller, M. P. 2015b.Photosynthetic and biochemical characterization of in vitro-derived Africanviolet (Saintpaulia ionantha H. Wendl) plants to ex vitro conditions. Journalof Plant Interactions, 10, 101-108.

5.      Rihan H Z, Al-Issawi M, Al Shamari M, Woldie W,Kiernan M, Fuller M (2014) The effect of molybdenum on the molecular control ofcold tolerance in cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) artificialseeds. Plant Cell Tiss Organ Cult:1-14. doi:10.1007/s11240-014-0475-7.

6.      Al-Issawi,M. Rihan, H. Z. El-Sarkassy, N & Fuller, M. P. 2013. Frost Hardiness Expression andCharacterisation in Wheat at Ear Emergence. Journal of Agronomy and CropScience, 199, 66-74.

7.      Al-Issawi, M. Rihan, H. Z. Woldie, W. A., Burchett,S & Fuller, M. P. 2013. Exogenous application of molybdenum affects theexpression of CBF14 and the development of frost tolerance in wheat. PlantPhysiology and Biochemistry, 63, 77-81.

8.      Rihan, H. Z.Al-Shamari, M. Al-Swedi, F. Burchett, S & Fuller, M. P. 2013. The effect of sugar type, sourceand concentration on Brassica oleraceae var botrytis microproshoot production.Acta Horticulturae, in press.

9.      Al-Swedi, F.Rihan, H. Z. Al Shamar, M. Lane, S & Fuller, M. P. 2013. Genetic transformation ofcauliflower with Ascorbate Peroxidase (APX) gene. Acta horticulturae, in press.

10.  Rihan, H. Z, Al-Issawi, M. Al-Shamari, M & Fuller, M. P. 2013. Plant abiotic stress toleranceanalysis in cauliflower using a curd micropropagation system. ActaHorticulturae, 1083, 43-52.

11.  Al Shamari, M. Rihan, H. Z. Al-Swedi, F & Fuller, M.P. 2012. The use ofsomatic embryogenesis in artificial seed production in cauliflower (Brassicaoleracea var. botrytis). Acta Horticulturae, 1099, 399-406.

12.  Rihan, H. Z. Al-Issawi, M. Al-Swedi, F & Fuller, M.P. 2012. The effectof using PPM (plant preservative mixture) on the development of cauliflowermicroshoots and the quality of artificial seed produced. ScientiaHorticulturae, 141, 47-52. (Article reviewed and featured in Agricell Reports).(Article selected and featured on Earth Emphasis website)(http://earthemphasis.com/key-research-articles/the-effect-of-using-ppm-plant-preservative-mixture-on-the-development-of-cauliflower-microshoots-and-the-quality-of-artificial-seed-produced/)

13.  Fuller, M.P. Hamza, J. H. Rihan, H. Z & Al-Issawi, M. 2012. Germination of PrimedSeed under NaCl Stress in Wheat. ISRN Botany, 2012, 5.

14.  Al-swedi, F., Al Shamari M., Rihan, H.Z,. S, Lane and Fuller M.P. 2012. Micropropagationand genetic transformation in Brassica olereacea var botrytis. 12th congress ofthe European society for agronomy, Helsinki, Finland, 20-24 August 2012. P:252-253.

15.  Al Shamari M., Rihan, H.Z,.  Al-swedi, F., S, Lane and Fuller M.P. 2012.Regenerationof cauliflower (Brassica olereacea var botrytis) via somatic embryogenesis. 12th congress of the Europeansociety for agronomy, Helsinki, Finland, 20-24 August. P: 482-483.

16.  Rihan, H. Z. Al-Issawi, M. Burchett, S & Fuller, M.P. 2011. Encapsulationof cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var botrytis) microshoots as artificial seedsand their conversion and growth in commercial substrates. Plant Cell, Tissueand Organ Culture (PCTOC), 107, 243-250. (This article has been reviewed andfeatured in Agricell Reports Vol 57 no 5. This international review newsletterselects the most noteworthy publications in the field of plant biotechnologyeach month).

17.  Rihan, H. Z. Al Shamari, M & Fuller, M. P. 2011. The production of cauliflowermicroshoots using curd meristematic tissues and hypocotyl-derived callus. ActaHorticulturae. 961, 427-434.

18.  Rihan, H. Z. Al-Issawi, M. Burchett, S & Fuller, M.P. 2011. Artificialseed production from encapsulated microshoots of cauliflower (Brassicaoleraceae var botrytis). Acta Horticulturae, 961, 419-425.

 

Three papers are in progress for2016.

  Conference papers (delivered in last 3 years):

1.      Rihan, H.Z., Al-Issawi, M., Al Shamari, Al-Swedi, Fand Fuller M.P. 2013. Plant abiotic stress tolerance “Mystery unresolved” TheCARS (Centre for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability) Annual Conference,Duchy College-Wednesday 19th June.

2.      Rihan, H.Z., Al-Issawi, M., Al Shamari and FullerM.P. 2013. Plant abiotic stress tolerance analysis in cauliflower using a curdmicropropagation system. VIII International Symposium on In VitroCulture & Horticulture Breeding - Portugal June. (I was successful inobtaining a travel grant from company of biologists via the society ofexperimental biology in order to present my research in this meeting)

3.      Rihan, H.Z., Al-Issawi, M., Al Shamari and FullerM.P. 2013. The effect of molybdenum on artificial seed production, coldtolerance and up-regulation of CBF/DREB1 of Brassica oleraceae varbotrytis. The Biosciences KTN Early Career Researchers Event on the 23rdMay in London, UK. (I was successful in obtaining a travel grant from BiosciencesKTN  (Knowledge Transfer Manager) topresent my research in this meeting)

4.      Rihan, H.Z., Al-Issawi, M., Al Shamari., Burchett, Sand Fuller M.P.  2012. Cold tolerance andCBF/DREB1 up-regulation both cauliflower mature plants and microshoots. Centrefor Agriculture and Rural Sustainability Postgraduate Symposium 2012. The NewContinental Hotel, Plymouth, UK.

5.      Al ShamariM., Rihan, H.Z,. Al-Swedi, F and Fuller, Fuller M.P. 2012. Primary and secondary somaticembryos in cauliflower (Brassica oleraceae var. botrytis). Centrefor Agriculture and Rurale Sustainability Postgraduate Symposium 2012. The NewContinental Hotel, Plymouth, UK.

6.      Al-swedi,F., Al Shamari M., Rihan, H.Z,. S,Lane and Fuller M.P. 2012. Micropropagation and genetic transformation in Brassicaolereacea var botrytis. 12th congress of the Europeansociety for agronomy, Helsinki, Finland, 20-24 August 2012. P:252-253.

7.      Al Shamari M.,Rihan, H.Z,.  Al-swedi, F., S, Lane andFuller M.P. 2012.Regeneration of cauliflower (Brassica olereacea var botrytis)via somatic embryogenesis. 12thcongress of the European society for agronomy, Helsinki, Finland, 20-24 August.P:482-483.

8.      Al-Issawi, M., Rihan, H.Z,. Fadhel, F,. Burchett, Sand Fuller M.P. The effect of Mollybdenum on frost tolerance to wheat genotypes.The postgraduate society annual conference. Plymouth University, June 26,2012.1.4, 15.

9.      Al-swedi,F., Rihan, H.Z,. Al Shamari M., S, Lane and Fuller M.P. Cauliflower (Brassicaoleracea) transformed by using abrobacteruim tumefaciens as a vector. Thepostgraduate society annual conference. Plymouth University, June 26, 2012.2.6, 24.

10.  Rihan, H.Z., Al-Issawi, M., Al Shamari., Burchett, S andFuller M.P. Cold tolerance and CBF/DREB1 up-regulation in Brassicaoleracea var botrytis. Plantand microbe adaptation to cold 2012. Hokkaido University, Japan, June 24-28,2012. P-7, 60.

11.  Al-Issawi,M., Rihan, H.Z,. Burchett, S and Fuller M.P.The expression of CBF andphysiological effect of frost to wheat during ear emergence. Plant and microbeadaptation to cold 2012. Hokkaido University, Japan, June 24-28, 2012.O19, 31.

12.  Rihan, H.Zand Al-swedi, F. 2012. The teaching of biology in Syria. (Researches-Teachers-Learners,We are all in this together) international symposium. London, 27th –29th March. EPA1, 22. (I was successful in obtaining a travelgrant from Plymouth award scheme to present my research in this meeting).

13.  Al-swedi, Fand Rihan, H.Z. 2012. Formative assessment in higher education towards theoryand enhancement of practice. (Researchs-Teachers-Learners, We are all in thistogether) international symposium. London, 27th – 29thMarch. EPA1, 30.

14.  Rihan, H.Z,.Al-Issawi, M., Al-swedi, F, and Fuller, M. 2011. The improvement of cauliflower artificialseed cold tolerance . Plant EnvironmentalPhysiology Group – First Annual Mini-Symposium 20th December, Darwin House,London (I was successful in obtaining a travel grant to present my researchin this meeting).

15.  Al-Issawi, M,.Rihan, H.Z,. Al-swedi, F, and Fuller, M . 2011. CBF expression in wheat at earemergence stages Plant Environmental Physiology Group – First AnnualMini-Symposium 20th December, Darwin House, London.

16.  Al-swedi, F. ,  Rihan, H.Z. , Al-Issawi, M. , Al-Shamari , M and   Fuller,M. 2011. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of cauliflower (Brassicaoleracea var. botrytis): optimizationof protocol and development oftransgenic cauliflower. Plant EnvironmentalPhysiology Group – First Annual Mini-Symposium 20th December, Darwin House,London (poster presentation).

17.  Rihan, H.Z,.Al-Issawi, M., Al -swedi,F , and Fuller, M. 2011. An easy way to understand themechanism of cold tolerance gene function in plants. University of Plymouthpostgraduate conference 23th November, house stone theatre, Portland squarebuilding.

18.  Al-swedi,F.,  Rihan, H.Z., Al-Issawi, M. and   Fuller, M. (2011) A micro propagationtechnique for cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var.botrytis) to facilitateAgrobacterium transformation. University of Plymouth postgraduate conference, 23th November, housestone theatre, Portland square building.

19.  Al-Issawi ,M., Rihan,Z, H., Fuller, M., P. and Al-Shamari, M. 2011. Cross-protection of wheat toabiotic stress. BioResources young researcher 2011 meeting at the University ofReading (8th July).

20.  Al-Shamari, M., Rihan, Z, H., And Fuller, M., P. 2011. The control of hyperhydration oncauliflower shoots produced in liquid media. BioResources Young Researchers2011 meeting at the University of Reading (8th July).

21.  Rihan, Z,H., Fuller, M, P., Al-Issawi, M., and Al-Shamari, M. 2011.The mass production of cauliflower microshoots for the production of artificialseeds and the optimization of artificial seed capsule structure. BioResourcesYoung Researchers 2011 meeting at the University of Reading (8thJuly.

22.  Rihan, H.Z,.Al-Issawi, M., Al Shamari, M, and Fuller, M. 2011 .Cauliflowerartificial seeds cold storage. University of Plymouth postgraduate conference 29th June, housestone theatre, Portland square building.

23.  Rihan, Z,H., Al-Issawi,M., Fuller, P. M. and Burchett, S. 2011. The determination of the optimalcauliflower microshoot development stage suitable for capsulation as artificialseeds and the optimization of conversion using semi solid media and commercialsubstrates. Society of experimental biology annual main meeting, Glasgow, UK,P1.25, 187. (I was successful in obtaining a travel grant from the societyof experimental biology to present my research in this meeting).

24.  Rihan, Z,H., Fuller P, M., Al-Issawi, M., and Burchett, S. 2011. Cloning of cauliflower(Brassica oleraceae var. botrytis) and the production of artificial seeds as apromising cost-effective alternative to conventional methods of seedproduction. University of Plymouth postgraduate conference. I was rewardedas the winner of the best oral presentation in the conference.

25.  Rihan, Z,H., 2010. The production the preservation of cauliflower artificial seeds TheUniversity of Plymouth- Plant physiology symposium 9th March, 2010.

26.  Rihan, Z,H., Fuller, P. M. and Burchett, S. 2010. Cauliflower micropropagation andartificial seed production. Society of experimental biology annual main meeting,Czech Republic, Prague, (poster presentation), C 5.18, 247.

27.  Rihan, Z, H.2008. Drought tolerant olive varieties in the gene bank of Gelen researchcentre. Arabic centre for studies arid zones and dry lands 7thSeptember (Acsad) (oral presentation).

28.  The annualmeeting and conference of the UK CEUG (controlled environmental user‘s group)(2009) (observer).

2.      Rihan, H.Z., Al-Issawi, M., Al Shamari and FullerM.P. 2013. Plant abiotic stress tolerance analysis in cauliflower using a curdmicropropagation system. VIII International Symposium on In VitroCulture & Horticulture Breeding - Portugal June. (I was successful inobtaining a travel grant from company of biologists via the society ofexperimental biology in order to present my research in this meeting)

3.      Rihan, H.Z., Al-Issawi, M., Al Shamari and FullerM.P. 2013. The effect of molybdenum on artificial seed production, coldtolerance and up-regulation of CBF/DREB1 of Brassica oleraceae varbotrytis. The Biosciences KTN Early Career Researchers Event on the 23rdMay in London, UK. (I was successful in obtaining a travel grant from BiosciencesKTN  (Knowledge Transfer Manager) topresent my research in this meeting)

4.      Rihan, H.Z., Al-Issawi, M., Al Shamari., Burchett, Sand Fuller M.P.  2012. Cold tolerance andCBF/DREB1 up-regulation both cauliflower mature plants and microshoots. Centrefor Agriculture and Rural Sustainability Postgraduate Symposium 2012. The NewContinental Hotel, Plymouth, UK.

5.      Al ShamariM., Rihan, H.Z,. Al-Swedi, F and Fuller, Fuller M.P. 2012. Primary and secondary somaticembryos in cauliflower (Brassica oleraceae var. botrytis). Centrefor Agriculture and Rurale Sustainability Postgraduate Symposium 2012. The NewContinental Hotel, Plymouth, UK.

6.      Al-swedi,F., Al Shamari M., Rihan, H.Z,. S,Lane and Fuller M.P. 2012. Micropropagation and genetic transformation in Brassicaolereacea var botrytis. 12th congress of the Europeansociety for agronomy, Helsinki, Finland, 20-24 August 2012. P:252-253.

7.      Al Shamari M.,Rihan, H.Z,.  Al-swedi, F., S, Lane andFuller M.P. 2012.Regeneration of cauliflower (Brassica olereacea var botrytis)via somatic embryogenesis. 12thcongress of the European society for agronomy, Helsinki, Finland, 20-24 August.P:482-483.

8.      Al-Issawi, M., Rihan, H.Z,. Fadhel, F,. Burchett, Sand Fuller M.P. The effect of Mollybdenum on frost tolerance to wheat genotypes.The postgraduate society annual conference. Plymouth University, June 26,2012.1.4, 15.

9.      Al-swedi,F., Rihan, H.Z,. Al Shamari M., S, Lane and Fuller M.P. Cauliflower (Brassicaoleracea) transformed by using abrobacteruim tumefaciens as a vector. Thepostgraduate society annual conference. Plymouth University, June 26, 2012.2.6, 24.

10.  Rihan, H.Z., Al-Issawi, M., Al Shamari., Burchett, S andFuller M.P. Cold tolerance and CBF/DREB1 up-regulation in Brassicaoleracea var botrytis. Plantand microbe adaptation to cold 2012. Hokkaido University, Japan, June 24-28,2012. P-7, 60.

11.  Al-Issawi,M., Rihan, H.Z,. Burchett, S and Fuller M.P.The expression of CBF andphysiological effect of frost to wheat during ear emergence. Plant and microbeadaptation to cold 2012. Hokkaido University, Japan, June 24-28, 2012.O19, 31.

12.  Rihan, H.Zand Al-swedi, F. 2012. The teaching of biology in Syria. (Researches-Teachers-Learners,We are all in this together) international symposium. London, 27th –29th March. EPA1, 22. (I was successful in obtaining a travelgrant from Plymouth award scheme to present my research in this meeting).

13.  Al-swedi, Fand Rihan, H.Z. 2012. Formative assessment in higher education towards theoryand enhancement of practice. (Researchs-Teachers-Learners, We are all in thistogether) international symposium. London, 27th – 29thMarch. EPA1, 30.

14.  Rihan, H.Z,.Al-Issawi, M., Al-swedi, F, and Fuller, M. 2011. The improvement of cauliflower artificialseed cold tolerance . Plant EnvironmentalPhysiology Group – First Annual Mini-Symposium 20th December, Darwin House,London (I was successful in obtaining a travel grant to present my researchin this meeting).

15.  Al-Issawi, M,.Rihan, H.Z,. Al-swedi, F, and Fuller, M . 2011. CBF expression in wheat at earemergence stages Plant Environmental Physiology Group – First AnnualMini-Symposium 20th December, Darwin House, London.

16.  Al-swedi, F. ,  Rihan, H.Z. , Al-Issawi, M. , Al-Shamari , M and   Fuller,M. 2011. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of cauliflower (Brassicaoleracea var. botrytis): optimizationof protocol and development oftransgenic cauliflower. Plant EnvironmentalPhysiology Group – First Annual Mini-Symposium 20th December, Darwin House,London (poster presentation).

17.  Rihan, H.Z,.Al-Issawi, M., Al -swedi,F , and Fuller, M. 2011. An easy way to understand themechanism of cold tolerance gene function in plants. University of Plymouthpostgraduate conference 23th November, house stone theatre, Portland squarebuilding.

18.  Al-swedi,F.,  Rihan, H.Z., Al-Issawi, M. and   Fuller, M. (2011) A micro propagationtechnique for cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var.botrytis) to facilitateAgrobacterium transformation. University of Plymouth postgraduate conference, 23th November, housestone theatre, Portland square building.

19.  Al-Issawi ,M., Rihan,Z, H., Fuller, M., P. and Al-Shamari, M. 2011. Cross-protection of wheat toabiotic stress. BioResources young researcher 2011 meeting at the University ofReading (8th July).

20.  Al-Shamari, M., Rihan, Z, H., And Fuller, M., P. 2011. The control of hyperhydration oncauliflower shoots produced in liquid media. BioResources Young Researchers2011 meeting at the University of Reading (8th July).

21.  Rihan, Z,H., Fuller, M, P., Al-Issawi, M., and Al-Shamari, M. 2011.The mass production of cauliflower microshoots for the production of artificialseeds and the optimization of artificial seed capsule structure. BioResourcesYoung Researchers 2011 meeting at the University of Reading (8thJuly.

22.  Rihan, H.Z,.Al-Issawi, M., Al Shamari, M, and Fuller, M. 2011 .Cauliflowerartificial seeds cold storage. University of Plymouth postgraduate conference 29th June, housestone theatre, Portland square building.

23.  Rihan, Z,H., Al-Issawi,M., Fuller, P. M. and Burchett, S. 2011. The determination of the optimalcauliflower microshoot development stage suitable for capsulation as artificialseeds and the optimization of conversion using semi solid media and commercialsubstrates. Society of experimental biology annual main meeting, Glasgow, UK,P1.25, 187. (I was successful in obtaining a travel grant from the societyof experimental biology to present my research in this meeting).

24.  Rihan, Z,H., Fuller P, M., Al-Issawi, M., and Burchett, S. 2011. Cloning of cauliflower(Brassica oleraceae var. botrytis) and the production of artificial seeds as apromising cost-effective alternative to conventional methods of seedproduction. University of Plymouth postgraduate conference. I was rewardedas the winner of the best oral presentation in the conference.

25.  Rihan, Z,H., 2010. The production the preservation of cauliflower artificial seeds TheUniversity of Plymouth- Plant physiology symposium 9th March, 2010.

26.  Rihan, Z,H., Fuller, P. M. and Burchett, S. 2010. Cauliflower micropropagation andartificial seed production. Society of experimental biology annual main meeting,Czech Republic, Prague, (poster presentation), C 5.18, 247.

27.  Rihan, Z, H.2008. Drought tolerant olive varieties in the gene bank of Gelen researchcentre. Arabic centre for studies arid zones and dry lands 7thSeptember (Acsad) (oral presentation).

28.  The annualmeeting and conference of the UK CEUG (controlled environmental user‘s group)(2009) (observer).

Additional information

1.      Leadership skills:

·         I worked as a resident assistant in Mary Newman hallof residence at the University of Plymouth 2011-2012. I am currently working asa Warden of Mary Newman Hall of residence. My work as a Warden includesleading a team of resident assistants, organising weekly meetings, and themanagement of a Hall that has about 180 students ensuringthat they are safe, comfortable and having the suitable environment thatuniversity students require for achieving their goals.

·         I acted as a Chair of the Postgraduate Societyat the University of Plymouth for 2012-2013. As part of the Chair responsibilitiesI had to lead and chair the Society Committee meetings and duties whichconsisted of 10 members. Under my leadership the society organised threeconferences  and three trips and othervarious social activities for Postgraduate students at the university.

2.      I havecompleted the Student Associates Scheme (SAS) and I havecompleted a teaching placement in Tavistock School, Devon.

3.      I am a holder of the Vice Chancellors EnterpriseAward at the University of Plymouth in the category of ExpertResearch Student. The Plymouth Award is designed to recogniseand celebrate student achievements outside the curriculum

4.      I have completed an internship for three days at ElsomsSeeds Ltd, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1QG, United Kingdom January 24th-26th. 2012. The workshop included training about the practicalskills in seed production techniques.