Dr.Osama Dawoud from University of Palestine
In this project the researcher aims at development of a GIS-based system for reliable assessment of the water supply networks in Gaza Strip, in order to enhance identification and calculation of Non-revenue water (NRW). This system will be accompanied with a physical lab-scale model for a water supply system. The lab model will be used for preliminary testing and validation of the system. The system constitutive model will be adapted on the scale of water demand junctions in order to account for roof-tank system that prevails in Gaza Strip as a substitute for the traditional water demand patterns. Furthermore, the model will be adapted to account for the intermittent supply systems and the associated hydraulic consequences. The project will investigate feasible techniques and technologies for communication that overcome energy problems in Gaza Strip (and other developing countries) and ensure continuous flow of data.
“Simulation and Design New Solar Cells (Photovoltaic) Based on Nanoparticles for Energy Application”
Prof.Dr. Mohammed M. Shabat from Islamic University of Gaza
In this project the researchers propose to develop easy-to-use simulation methods based on some numerical methods such as the Transfer Matrix Method(TMM), Effective Medium Theory (EMT); Finite difference Time Domain Method (FDTD) and related methods to model nanostructured layers on top of solar cells, where the simulation input parameters are given by the dielectric function of the layers on the solar cells. In doing so, the researcher seek to: Design and simulate an architecture multilayered structure for solar cells Photovoltaic) with optimized features and higher efficiency of the sunlight trapping and design new solar cell waveguide structures containing nanoparticles and metamaterials to enhance the absorption of light leading to increase the efficiency of converting the light to energy.
“Designing a novel vaccine against Brucellosis: Escherichia coli-Derived Outer Membrane Vesicles as an Antigen Delivery System for Brucella melitensis“
Dr. Yaqoub Ashhab from Palestine Polytechnic University
In this project, the researchers plan to implement a unique approach to design a potent subunit vaccine against B. melitensis. The design is based on combining two principles: first, to implement a rational reverse vaccinology approach to select the most potential protective antigens of B. melitensis; second, to use Outer Membrane Vesicles (OMVs), from a genetically engineered E. coli, which can act as a safe and efficient vehicle to deliver these antigens in a way that can evoke a protective immune response.
“ Evaluation of genetic and environmental risk factors \ of colorectal cancer among Palestinians”
Dr. Rania Abu Seir/Samman from Al-Quds University
In this project, the researcher seek to identify genetic and environmental risk factors for colorectal cancer (CRC), and by promoting high quality clinical care for patients with this common and curable malignancy through a collaborative effort. As well, the researchers aims to to establish the first platform to study genetic and environmental risk factors of colorectal cancer in Palestine and evaluate the prevalence of the genetic variants especially in mismatch repair genes as a major indicator for hereditary CRC.