About The Author

Haifa is a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biosciences department at The University of Kansas. She is working in Dr. Robert Ward lab. Her research focuses on investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying the importance of occluding junction proteins in regulating tissue formation and development. She is using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism to underpin the question of how proteins that function in holding cells together and maintain tissue integrity regulate complex processes such as body plan and structure.

 Haifa is an enthusiastic young scientist who graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology from College of Sciences, Dammam University in Saudi Arabia. Then, she was awarded King Abdullah Scholarship to pursue her graduate study in the United States, where she got her Master's degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from department of Molecular Biosciences at The University of Kansas.

Microtubules And Cell Division: An Unexpected Journey

Microtubules play a crucial role in segregating chromosomes from one cell to another during cell mitosis and division. They function as a skeleton to give cells their shape and enable many biological processes such as cell to cell communication and protein transport within cells. Microtubules were first observed in the sea-urchin egg in 1928 (Runnbtrc-M,