Research.

Research Interests 

  • Pedagogical advances for science education 

  • Teaching and learning within higher education 

  • STEAM education

  • Science communication

  • Science outreach

  • eLearning and technology use in science classrooms

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Scholarly Publications 

  1. Habibi, S.A, (2021) The TikTok Scientist: A shift to online learning during a global Pandemic. [Published Online] The SciComm Report.

  2. Habibi, S.A, (2020) Characterization of the ACC-1 family of cys-Loop ligand gated ion channels from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. 

  3. Habibi, S.A, Salim, L. (2020) Static vs. Dynamic methods of delivery for science communication: A Critical analysis of user engagement with science on social media. PLOS ONE. 16(3): e0248507

  4. Habibi, S.A., Nazareth, K., and Forester, S.G. (2020) Investigation of subunit co-assembly of members of the ACC family with other cys-loop receptors. [In preparation]

  5. Habibi, S.A., Blazie, S., Jin, Y. and Forrester, S.G. (2020) Isolation and characterization of a novel member of the ACC ligand-gated chloride channel family, Hco-LCG-46, from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology. 237 (111276)

  6. Habibi, S.A., Callanan, M. and Forrester, S.G. (2018) Molecular and pharmacological characterization of an acetylcholine-gated chloride channel (ACC-2) from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance. 8(3): 518-525

  7. Callanan, M., Habibi, S.A.*, Komuniecki, R., Law, W.J., and Forrester, S.G. (2018) Investigating the function and possible biological role of an acetylcholine-gated chloride channel subunit (ACC-1) from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance. 8(3): 526-533 *Joint first author 

  8. Abdelmassih, S.A., Cochrane, E. and Forrester, S.G. (2018) Evaluating the longevity of surgically extracted Xenopus laevis oocytes for the study of nematode ligand-gated ion channels. Invertebrate Neuroscience. 18(1): 1-6

  9. Kwaka, A., Hassan Khatami, M., Foster, J., Cochrane, E., Habibi, S.A., De Haan, H. and Forrester, S.G. (2018) Molecular characterization of binding loop E in the nematode cys-loop GABA receptor. Molecular Pharmacology. 94(5): 1289-1297

  10. Foster, J., Cochrane, E., Khatami, M.H., Habibi S.A., de Hann, H. and Forrester, S.G. (2018) A mutational and molecular dynamics study of the cys-loop GABA receptor Hco-UNC-49 from Haemonchus contortus: Agonist recognition in the nematode GABA receptor family. International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance. 8(3): 534-539

  11. Van Nuland, S., and Abdelmassih, S.A. (2015) Primary/Junior Teacher Candidates’ Understanding and Application of Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession. Challenging Disparities in Education. Conference Proceedings of the 59th World Assembly: 214-224 (Refereed Conference Proceeding)

  12. Van Nuland, S., and Abdelmassih, S.A. (2015) Ontario’s Teachers Respond to Standards. Peaks & Valleys: Perspectives on Law and Education. Conference Proceedings of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education: 285-307 (Refereed Conference Proceeding)

Research Presentations

  1. Characterization of the ACC-1 family of cys-Loop ligand gated ion channels from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. Exit Seminar for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Science. Oshawa, Canada. November 2020.

  2. A guide to Science Communication Online: How to effectively engage the public on social media. Workshop Host. ComSciConGTA, online conference. September 2020.

  3. Pharmacological characterization and molecular modelling of novel heteromeric acetylcholine-gated chloride channel subunits from Haemonchus contortus. Applied Bioscience PhD Seminar, Faculty of Science. Oshawa, Canada. October 2019.

  4. Isolation and characterization of a novel member of the ACC ligand-gated chloride channel family, Hco-LCG-46, from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the Annual Montreal Parasitology Symposium 2019. Montreal, Quebec. June 14, 2019

  5. Pharmacological characterization of the acetylcholine-gated chloride channel (ACC) family from Haemonchus contortus. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at the Annual Montreal Parasitology Symposium 2019. Montreal, Quebec. June 14, 2019

  6. Can we save livestock from parasites? Overcoming a global drug resistance problem. 3 Minute Thesis Presentation. School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Ontario Tech U. March 2019.

  7. Identification and pharmacological characterization of an acetylcholine-gated chloride channel from Haemonchus contortus. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at Anthelmintics III Meeting. Clearwater, Florida. January 30, 2018.

  8. Characterization of the acetylcholine ACC-2 receptor subunit in the parasitic nematode Haemonchus controtus through site-directed mutagenesis. Honours thesis presentation. Faculty of Science. Oshawa, Canada. April 2015.

  9. Primary/Junior Teacher Candidate Understanding of Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession. Paper presented at the 59th Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching: Naruto, Japan. June 2015.

  10. Ontario Teachers Respond to the Standards. Paper presented at the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education Conference. Kelowna, British Columbia. May 2015.

  11. Primary/Junior Teacher Candidates’ Understanding and Application of Standards of Practice. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at the 58th Assembly of The International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET). Oshawa, Canada. June 2014.