Safaa Al-Hamdani, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
124D Martin Hall


Dr. Al Hamdani immigrated to the United States from his home country of Iraq in 1979 to attend graduate school at Tuskegee University. At Tuskegee, he represented the Middle East in the International Student Program. After completing a Master’s degree, Dr. Al Hamdani earned his Ph.D. in botany from Oklahoma State University. There he served as the Vice President for the International Student Organization. In 1992, after postdoctoral fellowships at Oklahoma State University and Miami University of Ohio, he joined the biology department at Jacksonville State University. His career at JSU has been highly cited by awards. For example, his scholarship has been recognized at the college and university level with top research awards on four occasions. He teaching has also been recognized on many occasions including the Meritorious Teaching Award from the Association of Southern Biology. Dr. Al Hamdani’s service has been recognized both on campus (five awards) and internationally by Baghdad University and the Cultural Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq. In 2001, he was awarded Fulbright Scholar for the 2001-2002 academic years to teach plant biology courses and conduct research at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He is a prolific scholar and served as the Editor in Chief for the Alabama Academy of Sciences from 2005-2016. The Alabama Academy of Science is preview journal publishes significant novel research of interest to a wide audience of scientists in all areas of Science

Safaa Al-Hamdani

Courses Taught

  • General Biology
  • Introductory Botany
  • Plant, Humanity and Environment
  • Biological Diversity
  • Cell Biology, Plant Growth and Development
  • Plant Physiology
  • Advanced Plant Biology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Plant Response to Environmental Stress and Biostatistics


  • Post-doctoral (1990-1992), Department of Botany, Miami University (Ohio, USA)
  • Post-doctoral (1988-1990), Department of Botany, Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma, USA)
  • Ph.D. in Botany (1983-1988), Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma, USA)
  • M.S. in Plant and Soil Science (1980-1983), Tuskegee University (Alabama ,USA)
  • B.S. in Agronomy (1973-1977), Baghdad University (Baghdad, Iraq)