Ibrahim, at upper right with thesis advisor Dr. Karl Henry, successfully defended his master's thesis on
Friday, September 5, 2014. Ghaith examined the role of CgGcn5, a putative histone acetyltransferase, on antifungal
susceptibility and multidrug resistance gene regulation in Candida
glabrata.Ghaith graduated in 2011
from Bloomsburg University with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. As
an undergraduate, Ghaith served as a student secretary and lab assistant in the
Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences and engaged in a variety of
research projects.He examined MRI
noise-induced effects on the auditory nerve with Dr. Huckans, Department of
Physics and Engineering Technology, and shared his results at Noise-Con 10.
Ghaith’s research with Drs. Hranitz and Surmacz on cellular
stress responses in blackworms was presented at a national meeting of the
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Research on the differential expression of EphB4 and
ephrin-B2 in highly aggressive versus poorly aggressive human melanoma tumor
cells with Dr. Hess was presented at a regional Tri-Beta convention.
Ghaith received a grant from Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, to
support his work and it was published in the journal Bios. Ghaith’s presentation of his master’s research at a meeting
of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists earned him second
prize in the graduate student division (lower photo.) Ghaith is currently employed as a scientist by
OraSureTechnologis, Inc. in Bethlehem, PA, a company that
develops and manufactures devices for the detection or diagnosis of HIV/AIDS
and kits for substance abuse testing by law enforcement.