Zewail City Team Wins Three Categories of SOLE 2017 Competition


SOLE, an abbreviation for Science Operation Leaders in Egypt, is a national competition where students from top universities in Egypt compete to test their knowledge in the field of biotechnology. The first of its kind in Egypt, the competition aims to motivate students to follow all updates in the field and hone their skills by giving them exposure in a pressuring and diverse context.

This year, under the supervision of Ayman El-Shibiny, professor of biomedical sciences, the participating team from Zewail City’s University of Science and Technology secured three prizes within the competition:

  • Osama Habashy won the first place in 5-min Presentation category
  • Mostafa Nasr won the first place in the Poster Session
  • Together, a team of five won the second place in the Q & A session. The five were Ahmed Atwa, Ahmed El-kashif, Rawan Mekawi, Menna Emam, and Mohamed Nasr

Commenting on the participation, Prof. Ayman El-Shibiny said that our students were very strong competitors despite the fact that biotechnology is not a major at our university. 

Osama Habashy, who won the Presentation, gave an overview of the CRISPR technology, an abbreviation for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, a system that explains DNA structure, and thus could potentially has revolutionary applications in genome engineering, RNA editing and the treatment of many diseases.

Mostafa Nasr, winner of the first place in the Poster Session, presented his research on the effect of hormonal therapy on breast cancer stem cells. As he clarified, Mostafa’s work falls under the projects of the Center of Excellence for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at Zewail City. The project is supervised by Dr. Noha Mousa, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Zewail University.

Last year, the participating team won the Q & A session only, gaining two additional prizes this year.

The competition was held on Feb. 11th at Cairo University, with around 100 students participating from the biotechnology departments and majors in Egypt. The event was also an excellent networking opportunity that brought professors and students together, encouraging a mutual discussion and evaluation.