Assistant Professor

Dr. Imen Zalila

Dr. Imen Zalila, phD
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Liwa College, Saeed Bin Ahmed Al Otaiba Street (Al Najda Street previously), Al Danah, Baniyas Tower B, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Professional Summary

Dr. Imen Zalila, phD

Dr. Imen Zalila is an assistant professor in the faculty of Medial and Health Sciences. She holds expertise in the field of Biological Sciences, with years of experience in research and academia. She holds a bachelor’s degree Biology, a master’s in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences.

Short Bio

Before joining Liwa College, Dr. Imen Zalila served as Assistant Professor in Health and Medical Sciences Department at Al Khawarizmi International College, Abu Dhabi UAE. She earned more than 7 years as a full-time researcher at Centre of Biotechnology Tunisia. She has many years of teaching experience in both Al Ain University of Science and Technology, College of Pharmacy, Abu Dhabi and Al Khawarizmi International College, Abu Dhabi. She supervised many graduation projects and joined many international conferences. Dr. Zalila published many original articles in top-tier international peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests include Applied Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and others. She actively participates in curriculum and syllabi development, while also serving on esteemed committees such as the quality and effectiveness Committee, reaccreditation and examination committees, and others.

Core Qualifications

  • Curriculum development and update.
  • Hybrid courses design.
  • Committee membership.
  • Students’ project and research competitions Supervision.


  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Centre of Biotechnology, Tunisia.
  • Master in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Centre of Biotechnology, Tunisia
  • Bachelors in Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Tunisia.


  • Antagonist effects of Bacillus spp. strains against Fusarium graminearum for protection of durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. subsp. durum) (Imen Zalila-Kolsi, Afif Ben Mahmoud, Hacina Ali, Sameh Sellami, Zina Nasfi, Slim Tounsi, and Kaïs Jamoussi (2016)) Microbiological research (ScienceDirect), Elsevier. 192, 148-158. (Scopus: Q1)
  • Screening and identification of a Bacillus thuringiensis strain S1/4 with large and efficient insecticidal activities (Sameh Sellami, Taheni Zghal, Maroua Cherif, Imen Zalila-Kolsi, Samir Jaoua, and Kaïs Jamoussi (2012)) Journal of Basic Microbiology, Wiley. 52, 1–10. (Scopus: Q2)
  • Heterologous expression and periplasmic secretion of an antifungal Bacillus amyloliquefaciens BLB369 endo-β-1,3-1,4-glucanase in Escherichia coli.(Imen Zalila-Kolsi, Sellami Sameh, Slim Tounsi, and Kaïs Jamoussi (2017)). Journal of Phytopathology, Wiley. 166, 28-33. (Scopus: Q2)
  • Optimization of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens BLB369 Culture Medium by Response Surface Methodology for Low Cost Production of Antifungal Activity. (Imen Zalila-Kolsi.; Sameh Kessentini, Slim Tounsi, Kais Jamoussi) Microorganisms 2022, 10, 830. (Scopus: Q2)
  • Bacillus amyloliquefaciens: Harnessing its Potential for Industrial, Medical, and Agricultural Applications – A Comprehensive Review (Imen Zalila-Kolsi, Afif Ben-Mahmoud, Ray Al-Barazie) Microorganisms 2023. (Scopus : Q2)

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