Dr. Omar M. Amin

Dr. Omar M. Amin. , Ph.D., founder of PCI, is a Professor of Parasitology. He is a nationally and internationally recognized authority in the field with over 230 major articles/books published in American and foreign professional journals on human and animal parasites from North America, North Africa, Peru, Persian Gulf, Kenya, Czech Republic, Russia, Inner Mongolia (China), Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Dr. Amin has conducted many international parasitology workshops and conferences including one in the Persian Gulf as a Fulbright Scholar and had received many other honors, awards, and Parasitology research grants. He has authored a 5-part educational video series on "Parasitic Infections of Humans, Diagnosis and Pathology" produced by the Center for Improvement of Human Functioning International of Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Amin has Active membership in professional societies such as:

  • American Society of Parasitologists

  • British Society of Parasitology

  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

  • American Society of Microbiology

  • American Microscopical Society

  • Helminthological Society of Washington

  • Biological Society of Washington

  • Arizona Homeopathic and Alternative Medical Association

  • Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists (life membership)

  • The Blastocystis Research Foundation

  • National Arab American Medical Association

  • APHIA (Peruvian Association of Helminthology and Associated Invertebrates

Grants and Scholarships

  • Foreign Senior Exchange Scholar (USIS), conduct workshops on Epidemiology & Parasitic Diseases of wildlife/man, Univ. of Bahrain, Persian Gulf, 1989.

  • Fulbright Scholar, Health Minstry, Bahrain, malaria epid./control, 1986-87.

  • Sabbatical, University of Wisonsin, 1986-87.

  • Univ. of Wisconsin grants, 1974, 1988-90, and annual research allocations.

  • Sea grant College (Wisconsin), US Dept. of Commerce, 1967, 77, 84; Great Lakes parasitology research.

  • Regional grants from local industry and government agencies almost annually.

  • University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Fund Grant, 1972.

  • Sigma-Xi Grant in Aid of Research, 1969, work on RMSF at ODU, Norfolk, VA.

  • US Army Grant DA-49-193-MD-2439, 1968, for tick studies at ODU.

  • Arizona State University Tuition scholarships, 1965-67; Foreign Graduate Student Scholarship, 1965-66; Graduate Teaching Asst. Scholarship, 1967.

Dr. Nataliya Yu. Rubtsova

Has 20 years of experience in the field of Parasitology and has more than 50 scientific publications on different groups of parasites starting in 2002, she is a co-author of the descriptions of 14 new to the science species of parasites and 1 new genus, author of more than 30 redescriptions of parasites and new geographical records studying parasites from North America (USA), South America (Peru), Europe (Ukraine, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Lithuania) and Asia (China, Japan, Russia, Vietnam, India) (See https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nataliya_Rubtsova for full-texts of publications). Dr. Rubtsova presented results of her research on many scientific meetings in Europe and USA. She is an acting member of an editorial board of a Ukrainian scientific journal “Acta Biologica Ucrainica” and a reviewer of a number of parasitological journals of Europe and USA (Journal of Helminthology, Parasite, Invertebrate Zoology, Acta Parasitologica, Systematic Parasitology, Scientia Parasitologica, Diseases of Aquatic organisms, Zoodiversity, Helminthologia, etc). She is a member of Ukrainian Parasitological Society, Ukrainian Hydrobiological Society, American Parasitological society.


PhD in Parasitology and Helminthology, The I.I.Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine (2009) Post-graduate student, Zaporizhzhya National University, Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine (2003-2008) Master of Science, Biology, Zaporizhzhya State University, Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine (2003) Bachelor of Science, Biology, Zaporizhzhya State University, Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine (1998-2003)

Awards and grants

  • Research grants from Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Scottsdale, Arizona (2017-present)

  • Research grants from Brigham Young University, Department of Biology, Provo, Utah (2017-present)

  • Erasmus+ Stuff Mobility Program Grant, Masaryk University, Czech Republic (visiting lecturing professor) (2016)

  • Mevlana Foundation Grant, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey (visiting lecturing professor) (2015)

  • Rector`s award for outstanding scientific achievements and public work at the university (2014)

  • IREX Grant from Carnegie Foundation, UASP project (University Administration Support Program), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA (project author and executor) (2013)

  • Project by Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland, # NN 304409239 “Role of Ponto-Сaspian gobiids (Gobiidae) in the spread of parasites on territory of Poland along the Central invasive Corridor” (project researcher) (2010-2013)

  • Project by INTAS Ref. # 03-51-5998 “Evaluation of the effect of invasive species on the local groups of mullet fish in the Mediterranean Sea: the study of the groups of parasites” (project performer) (2004-2007)

  • The state budget theme # М / 342-2003 of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (2003-2004)

Short-term research visits (1-4 weeks): Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Batumi, Georgia (2015); Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt (2013); Pomeranian University Slupsk, Poland (2013); University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2012); Institute of Zoology. National Academy of Sciences, Belarus (2010); University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland (2009) Nikolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Torun, Poland (2006); Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain (2006); Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland (2005)

Professional experience

Research Manager and Senior Diagnostician, Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Parasitology Center Inc. Scottsdale, AZ, USA / March 2018 - present

Research Associate, Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Scottsdale, AZ, USA / Jan 2017 -Feb 2018 Associate Professor, Biology faculty, Zaporizhzhya National University (ZNU), Ukraine / Sept 2013 – Dec 2016

Head of Volunteer Career Development Service of Biology faculty, ZNU, Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine / May 2013-Dec 2016

Senior Lecturer, Biology faculty, ZNU, Ukraine / Sept 2011-Aug 2013

Deputy Dean of International Affairs, Biology faculty, ZNU / Feb 2010–Dec 2016

Curator of student academic group at Biology faculty, ZNU / Sept 2008-Dec 2016

Co-head of Students Problematic group of Biology faculty, ZNU / Sept 2008- Dec 2016

Assistant professor, Biology faculty, ZNU, Ukraine / Sept 2006 – Aug 2011

Chairman of Council of Young Scientists, Biology faculty, ZNU / Sept 2003- Aug 2009