Dr. Heba Eldoumi

Name: Heba Eldoumi

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 918-343-7645

Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Health Sciences

Office: Health Sciences, Room 109

Dr. Heba Eldoumi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Rogers State University.

Education

Ph.D., Human Nutritional Science
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Dissertation title: Healthy eating and physical activity among Arab Muslim mothers of young children living in the US:  barriers and influences of culture, acculturation and religion.

M.S., Biochemistry
Thesis: Cystatin C as an early indicator of diabetic nephropathy” (2009-2010)
B.S., Chemistry (Emphasis on organic chemistry)
Omar El-Mukhtar University

Professional Experience

Rogers State University:

2017-present, Assistant Professor in Nutrition
Department of Health Sciences

Omar El-Mukhtar University:

  • Supervised and advised students as part of faculty position requirements in the Department of Chemistry (2009-2010)
    • Gave lectures and practical lessons in Food Chemistry and Biochemistry courses to college students in the senior level in the Biology and Chemistry department (2008-2010). I developed and conducted a syllabus, curriculum and exams in both labs and lectures in these classes.
  • Worked as a teacher’s assistant with students in the Chemistry, Veterinary Medicine, Human Medicine and Pharmacy departments in both Organic chemistry and Biochemistry laboratories (2007-2010).
  • Lead discussions for Principles of Human Nutrition classes for ungraduated students from different departments at Oklahoma State University (2013-present).
    • Discussion classes required emphasizing and clarifying information from lecture and conducting assignments and activities for students from different majors. I am I involved in attending weekly faculty meetings, leading discussion sessions for 2 sections per semester and grade for 4 sections (including honors sections) using power point slides and work sheets as well as working with updated technology governmental based applications.
  • Worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Food and Human Environment (2014-2015) and (2016-2017).
    • Assigned to grade assignments for student
    • Also presented a voluntary lecture regarding Middle Eastern eating patterns and culture in comparison with western diets and habits each semester.
  • Worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in the clinical laboratory at the department of human nutrition (2011-2015).
    • Conducted/assisted with research that investigated the effect of functional foods on chronic disease.
    • Studies involved working with mice and/or humans in clinical trials.
    • Assisted in writing grant proposals for research.
  • Worked as a faculty member for Interactive Module at English Language Institute at Wes Watkins Center, OSU (2013-2014).
    • Taught newly arrived international students to adapt to American life and to successfully complete their academic studies.
    • Classes included students from different ethnicities from around the world including Arab, European and Asian ethnicities.
    • Classes involved lectures to teach speaking, writing and communication skills using hands-on interaction activities as well as paper-based assignments and activities.
  • Fluent in Arabic and English languages equally (speak, write, read and translate from Arabic to English and vis versa)

Publications

Babajide Ojo, B., Wu, L., Gou, X., Semkoff, J., Janthachotikun, S., Eldoumi, H., Peterson, S., Perkins-Veazie, P., Lin, D., Smith, B., & Lucas, E. (2015). Mango supplementation averts hepatic and cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction in C57BL6 mice fed a high fat diet. The FASEB Journal, 29(1), Supplement 130.2.

Evans, S., Meister, M., Mahmood, M., Eldoumi, H., Peterson, S., Perkins-Veazie, P., Clarke, S., Payton, M., Smith, B., & Lucas, E. (2014). Mango Supplementation Improves Blood Glucose in Obese Individuals. Nutrition and Metabolic Insights, 7, 77–84.

In the process of writing four manuscripts from dissertation project (under the review of committee) and to be submitted for publication soon:

  • Socio-cultural influences and barriers to healthy eating among Arab Muslim mothers of young children living in the United States.
  • Socio-cultural and religious barriers on physical activity among Arab Muslim mothers of young children living in the United States.
  • Healthy eating: socio-cultural barriers, influence of acculturation and food patterns of Arab, Muslim mothers of young children living in the United States.
  • Socio-cultural and religious barriers to physical activity among Arab Muslim mothers of young children living on the United States.

Conference Presentations

  • Oklahoma State University Virtual Research Poster Symposium (2017). Stillwater, Oklahoma.  “Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Arab Muslim Mothers of Young Children Living in the US: Barriers and Influences of Culture, Acculturation and Religion.” Poster Presentation.
  • Oklahoma State University Research Symposium (2013 & 2014). Stillwater, Oklahoma. “Effects of Freeze-Dried Mango on Bone Parameters of Ovariectomized Mice.” Poster presentation.
  • Experimental Biology Conference (2014). San Diego, California. “Effects of Freeze-Dried Mango on Bone Parameters of Ovariectomized Mice.” Poster presentation.
  • Oklahoma Research Day at University of Central Oklahoma (2013).  Edmond, Oklahoma. “Effects of Freeze-Dried Mango on Bone Parameters of Ovariectomized Mice.” Poster presentation.

Department Research Activities

  • Worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Nutritional Sciences clinical laboratory and conducted research studies on the effect of freeze-dried mango supplementation on postmenopausal osteoporosis, body weight, and pre-diabetic patients.
  • Participated in a study on the effect of freeze-dried watermelon on postmenopausal osteoporosis.
  • Worked in a cell culture project to study the synergistic effect of 2 major phytochemicals of the mango fruit on stimulating 2 major glucose uptake pathways; insulin and AMPK.
  • Participated in a research study to study the effect of mango polyphenols on the gut microbiome of mice treated with and without antibiotics.
  • Assisted in writing Animal Care and Use Protocol (ACUP) for the effect of freeze-dried mango on the gut microbiota of C57BL/6 mice.
  • Assisted in writing Animal Care and Use Protocol (ACUP) for the effect of freeze-dried mango on bone of C57BL/6 ovariectomized mice.
  • Assisted in writing Animal Care and Use Protocol (ACUP) for the effect of freeze-dried watermelon on bone of C57BL/6 ovariectomized mice.
  • Assisted an undergraduate honors student to plan and conduct a research project for the antioxidant properties of freeze-dried bananas at different ripening stages that was presented at the Oklahoma State University Research Symposium 2016 and other conferences.
  • Participated in the Nutritional Sciences Department Journal Club (2013-2015). Weekly meetings involved critical evaluation of research.
  • Interviewed volunteers for dietary intake, physical activity, anthropometric measurements and treatment assignment and DXA scanning (2014-2015).
  • Worked with participants at the Stillwater Medical Clinic for blood collection and glucose tolerance test (GTT) (2014-2015).
  • Performed analysis using laboratory techniques such as ELISA, real-time PCR, western-blots, glucose tolerance tests, reference-point indentation, DXA and necropsies for samples conducted from clinical trials, animal studies and cell culture (2012-2015).

Training and Experience

  • Radiation Safety
  • The Collaborative IRB (Institutional Review Board) Training Initiative Program (CITI)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Building EndNote Library (X6-version)
  • Research & Publication Ethics & Malpractice, Teaching Assistant workshop at Oklahoma State University
  • Human research training required for IRB approval to conduct human-based studies
  • Attended forum for benefits and challenges of qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Successfully completed the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) exam to allow me to teach in English-speaking classes in the university (2014).
    • Asked by the English Department Chair to record a video tutorial to be posted on the university website as an example of how to successfully pass the ITA exam (2014).
  • Knowledgeable in using Statistical Analytic Software (SAS) and Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) for statistical analysis.
  • Knowledgeable in using Qualtrics software for online data collection and analysis.
  • Attended The Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA) Grant Writing Workshop featuring Dr. Jeff Parsons (2017)

Honors, Awards & Professional Memberships

  • Scholarship awarded from the Libyan Higher Education Ministry for completing a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry (2006-2009)
  • Scholarship awarded from the Libyan Higher Education Ministry for completing a Doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences (2010-2016)
  • Member of the American Society for Nutrition (2013-2015)
  • Member of the Graduate Students in Nutritional Science Organization at Oklahoma State University (2014-present).
  • Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (2016-present)
  • Member of the Oklahoma State University Student Wellness Council (2016-present)

Community Services

  • Head Start/Early Head Start United Community Action Program (UCAP) Policy Council: This council is made up of parents from all of UCAP’S Early Head Start Centers and Representatives of the community. Members of the council review service plans, agency budgets, policies and procedures related to program service, conduct annual program checklist related to the services children and families receive; then report back to our center in Stillwater, Ok. an overview of the meetings (2017-present)
  • Co-founder of the Faith Sisters Organization composed of women from different faiths in the Stillwater, Oklahoma community. This organization has expanded to larger cities in Oklahoma, namely Tulsa and Oklahoma City, to bring together members from Churches, Mosques and Religious Foundations to discuss various topics affecting the community and discuss strategies to overcome obstacles (2016-present)