Student Highlight – Maha Farid is a PhD candidate in the College of Public Health (COPH) Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health, in the toxicology track. Maha graduated from medical school in Egypt in 2001 and earned a master’s degree in in forensic medicine and toxicology in 2006. In 2008, Maha received a scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt to pursue a PhD in toxicology. She began her PhD program in the COPH in August of 2008.
Maha has worked in the pulmonary research lab in Durham Research Center 2 under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Rennard since January 2009. Her PhD project focuses on the effect of cigarette smoking on lung fibroblasts and how that effect contributes to smoke-induced lung diseases, specifically chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Maha received the Robert E. Kuhl Respiratory Disease Research Award at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in March 2011. She has had several publications and presented several posters at international conferences. Maha received a student travel grant to attend the annual meeting of the American College of Toxicology in November 2011 and November 2012. In addition, she received the Carruth J. Wagner Scholarship in Public Health in April 2012. Maha was the president of the COPH Student Association for the 2011-2012 academic year. After graduation, Maha will continue her academic training through postdoctoral research.