fouad-hashwa-portrait.jpg Dr. Fuad Hashwa

Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies

Dr. Fuad Hashwa had his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology and Microbial Genetics respectively from the American University of Beirut. He earned his Ph.D. (D.Sc.) in Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology from the University of Goettingen, Germany in 1972. He worked as postdoctoral fellow and as an Instructor at the University of Bonn, Germany till 1976. He then joined the University of Jordan in Amman as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1981. He spent a sabbatical year as a senior Fulbright Fellow at Kansas State University, Manhattan and University of Maryland, College Park in 1983/84. In 1991 he joined AUB as a Visiting Professor and in October 1994 he joined the LAU Biology department at Byblos.

photo of Gracia Mahfoud Mrs. Gracia Zgheib

Program Officer

Gracia Zgheib recently joined the Lebanese American University as program officer for the Graduates Studies & Research. She is responsible for coordinating the activities of the GSR Department.

Mrs. Zgheib holds a Master’s Degree in Business communications from Mercure Foundation University and Master’s Degree in Journalism from Lebanese University. In addition to that, she holds a postgraduate degree in events management from Fitzwilliam Institute.

Mrs. Zgheib brings 15 years of experience in administration and events management. She is also an expert in documents control and operations analysis & quality audit.

maha-siblini-portrait.jpg Mrs. Maha Siblini

Senior Academic Grants Officer

Maha Siblini was appointed Senior Grant officer in July 2015. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing, directing, and facilitating Research Grant Management functions at LAU.

Mrs. Siblini brings 20 years of experience in management of programs/projects/grants funded by the European Union, World Bank, and United Nations.

In addition to her professional experience, Mrs. Siblini has taught a number of Project Management and Information Systems’ courses at AUB and LAU.

Mrs. Siblini has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and a Master Degree in Business Administration from the AUB. In addition she is certified project management professional from the Project Management Institute, and a certified Information System Auditor and Information System Security Manager from the Information System Audit and Control Association.

Mrs. Christine Chalhoub

Institutional Review Board Consultant

Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within the clinical research field. In 2011, she took the lead in establishing the overall structure for the review and compliance of research involving human participants at LAU and LAUMC–RH, including setting up and managing the IRB Office. In addition, she is involved in disseminating the ethical requirements for the conduct of research through lectures, grand rounds and information sessions pertaining to the IRB across the University.

Christine holds an Honors Degree from York University, Toronto, Canada in experimental animal biology. She further pursued her education in clinical research to become a Certified IRB Manager (CIM) and a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) dedicated to quality.

She carries an excellent record of accomplishments in the Human Research Protection Program and regulatory infrastructure governing research and has an extensive experience within North America and the Middle East (i.e. Janssen Ortho, Merck Sharpe and Dohme, American University of Beirut, Harvard Medical School Dubai Center and Dubai Healthcare City).  Being an active member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA), and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), Christine is devoted to renovation and continuous development, with diverse experience in the pharmaceutical field and academic medical community with special focus on strategic planning and quality improvement.

photo of Karmen Baroudy Mrs. Karmen Baroudy

Institutional Review Board Administrator

As an IRB Administrator, Karmen is responsible for coordinating the activities of the IRB, reviewing and ensuring completeness of all research project submissions while managing and maintaining all documents related to the IRB. She is also involved in reviewing research applications, in particular student projects. Her duties also include managing study files throughout various stages of the review and approval process, including timeliness and accuracy of the final documents. She is also involved in developing process, policies and procedures, and training material pertaining to the IRB to meet international guidelines for the protection of human participants in research.

Karmen holds a master’s degree in molecular biology from the Lebanese American University and is currently working on her MBA. She is a Senior Lab Instructor teaching courses at the Engineering and Arts & Sciences schools, and is involved in active research projects within the Natural Sciences department.

In 2012, Karmen assumed the role of IRB Administrator and has been working on developing her skills within the field of clinical research regulatory frameworks. She became a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) in 2013.