Department of Biology and Agriculture
Dr. Noor Babrakzai
Professor of Biology
B. S. University of Peshawar, Pakistan
M. S. University of Peshawar, Pakistan
Ph. D. University of Arizona
Dr. Noor Babrakzai has been a faculty member since 1981. He teaches Cell Biology, Parasitology, Cytogenetics, (and occasionally General Zoology).
His research interests include genotoxicity of chemicals on the dividing cells of model organisms (onions, snails etc); the Polar Ring Complex or the Apical complex of the unicellular all-parasitic phylum Apicomplexa (which can be stained and seen under the light microscope!). The mutualistic relationship of the Oligochaete worm Chaetogester lymnaei and aquatic pulmonate snails.
Finding Technology-based solutions for the teaching of descriptive Biology has been one of his important goals. Several funded intra-mural grant proposals, including a recent one from the Central Missouri's College of Arts & Science’s Technology Committee, and in-kind gift donations (over the past 20 years), has enabled him to achieve the following objectives:
- The use of live video- microscopy in the Biology Laboratory to improve student learning and comprehension of the realities of the challenging and invisible microscopic domain i.e. in our General Biology II (Biology of Animals) and Parasitology courses.
- Making digital images of histological/whole mount preparations from microscope slides, with the help of either a Fire Wire digital camera or a Digital SLR (e.g. Nikon D2X). The digitized image files thus obtained enables one to store, retrieve, manipulate, label, hard copy, and upload to remote computers etc. Such digital imagery can be used as teaching/research recording and communication media.
- Use of resources downloaded from the World Wide Web (in public domain) to supplement the biology lab experience in an informal setting with the help a color laser printer.
- Making digital paper prints of biological teaching specimens with the help of, close-up, macro, and tele-photography set-ups for use by the students (as instruction media or as laminated demonstrations pictures) in our introductory Biology lab (Biology II, Biology of Animals) and an upper level course (Parasitology).
- The ability of the Biology/Earth Science Faculty, The Graduate Students, and the Office Professional to use a color laser printer to make transparency slides & paper prints as instruction media etc. from their office computers.
- Recording images from a microscope slide on to a “video note book” for research & recording purposes.
Department of Biology and Earth Science
Office: WCM 318, UCM