Meet LAU Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr.  Abedelkader Helwan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Abedelkader Helwan joined the Lebanese American University in September 2020, where he was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He is currently coordinating directly with the Dean of School of Engineering, while conducting some researches in his field of expertise, in addition to having some teaching duties. Moreover, having a mixed knowledge of Biomedical engineering and artificial intelligence, he is cooperating with some research clusters at LAU in order to employ artificial intelligence in Biomedicine and other related fields.

Dr. Helwan received his Bachelor of Engineering from City University (Formerly known as Al- Manar University of Tripoli), in biomedical Engineering, in 2013. His MSc and PhD were received from the Near East University, Cyprus in 2015 and 2018, respectively. He has a strong background in biomedical engineering, medical image processing, and computational intelligence. Dr. Helwan spent the last 4 years developing his skills as a researcher, and a part-time instructor and assistant at Near East University (2015-2018), where he conducted researches that proposed deep learning solutions to solving medical problems, which were published in scientific journals and conferences.

His research interests include but not limited to Machine and deep learning in medicine, Medical computational intelligence, Biomedical image processing, and Biomedical engineering and systems.

Publications:

  1. Helwan, A., El-Fakhri, G., Sasani, H., & Uzun Ozsahin, D. (2018). Deep networks in identifying CT brain hemorrhage. Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems35(2), 2215-2228.
  2. Abiyev, R. H., & Helwan, A. (2018). Fuzzy Neural Networks for Identification of Breast Cancer Using Images’ Shape and Texture Features. Journal of Medical Imaging and Health Informatics8(4), 817-825.
  3. Helwan, A., & Uzun Ozsahin, D. (2017). Sliding window based machine learning system for the left ventricle localization in MR cardiac images. Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing2017.

 

Dr. Ahmad Slim

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Slim received his B.E. and M.S degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Lebanese American University in 2008 and 2011, respectively. In 2016, he received his PhD degree in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico where he worked as a research assistant professor for three years after graduation. In 2020, Dr. Slim joined the Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center at Purdue University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His main interests involve educational data mining, machine learning and curricular analytics. He published several papers on methodologies that support inferences in STEM education, student success and other educational practices that advance education outcomes.

Publications:

  1. Slim, A., Heileman, G. L., Al-Doroubi, W., Abdallah, C. T. “The Impact of Course Enrollment Sequences on Student Success.” Proceedings of the 30th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications. Crans-Montana, Switzerland: IEEE, 2016.
  2. Slim, A., Heileman, G. L., Kozlick, J., Abdallah, C. T. “Predicting Student Success Based on Prior Performance.” Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Data Mining. Orlando, FL: IEEE, 2014.
  3. Slim A., Hush, D., Ojha, T., Babbitt, T. “Predicting Student Enrollment Based on Student and College Characteristics. ” Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Educational Data Mining, pp. 383-389, July 15 - 18, 2018, Buffalo, NY.

 

Dr.  Areej Merhi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I had my Master’s degree in 2010 from University of Rennes 1. The topic was based on Organometallic synthesis and green chemistry. Afterwards, I joined a PhD program between France (Rennes 1) and Australia (ANU) where I worked on porphyrins for OLEDs, and Non-linear Optics of third order and graduated in 2013. After joining LAU in October 2013 as a part-timer, I was involved in research with Dr. Wex and Dr. Taleb. My research field is based on analytical chemistry (acrylamide analysis) and organic chemistry dealing with synthesis of organic molecules for various applications (OLEDs, MOFs).  Currently my research interest is based on Toxicology after joining the GSR with Dr. Hassan as my PI. Our topic is mainly based on detection and quantification of pesticides in various food samples. I have participated in a total of 16 research papers and one review article.

Publications:

1.A. Merhi, G. Naous, R. Daher, M. Abboud, M. Mroueh, and R. Taleb Carcinogenic and neurotoxic risks of dietary acrylamide consumed through cereals among the Lebanese population BMC Chemistry, 2020. 14(1): p.53

2.A. Merhi, G. Grelaud, M. Morshedi, S. Abid, K. Green, T. Groizard, S. Kahlal, J. F. Halet, H. Ngo, I. Ledoux, M. Cifuentes, A. Barlow, F. Paul, and C. Paul Synthesis, characterization and third-order nonlinear optical properties of a dodecaruthenium organometallic dendrimer with a zinc(ii) tetraphenylporphyrin core Dalton Transaction, 2018. 47(32): p. 11123

3.G. Naous, A. Merhi, M. Abboud M. Mroueh,  and R. Taleb Carcinogenic and neurotoxic risks of acrylamide consumed through caffeinated beverages among the Lebanese population Chemosphere, 2018. 208: p.352

 

Dr. Bashar Khorbatly

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Bashar Khorbatly’s academic background includes a B.S. degree in Mathematics and a M.S. degree in partial differential equations and numerical analysis achieved at the Lebanese University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the Université de Tours, France in collaboration with the Lebanese University in Beirut. His research activity targets mainly the area of partial differential equations, his focus lies on studying dynamic properties of solutions to asymptotic nonlinear models and nonlinear dispersive PDEs arising in fluid mechanics. Modeling, justification and mathematical analysis of models in oceanography are research fields of his interest. Dr. Khorbatly is looking forward to extend his research work in the field of mechanical engineering, more specifically in aerodynamics of wind turbines.

Publications:

  1. B. Khorbatly (joint with L. Molinet). On the orbital stability of the Degasperis-Procesi antipeakon-peakon profile. Journal of Differential Equations; 269(6) (2020), 4799-4852; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jde.2020.03.045.
  1. B. Khorbatly (joint with I. Zaiter and S. Israwi). Derivation and well-posedness of the extended Green-Naghdi system for flat bottoms with surface tension. Journal of Mathematical Physics; (2018); 59(7), 071501; doi: 10.1063/1.5020601.
  1. B. Khorbatly (joint with S. Israwi). A conditional local existence result for the generalized nonlinear Kawahara equation. Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences; (2020); 43: 5522- 5531; https://doi.org/10.1002/mma.6292.

 

Dr. Charbel Al Khoury

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Charbel Al Khoury obtained his PhD in Pathology and Clinical Research on December 2, 2019 from Université Paris Est Creteil. His research interest spans a wide range of topics in pests and parasites, including mites of agricultural and medical importance. He was proactive in using novel biological and chemical control agents against scabies, a frequent (and often neglected) cutaneous infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei in a large number of mammals, including humans. Moreover, he led the prospection and phylogenetic placement of indigenous Beauveria spp.a soil-borne necrotrophic arthropodpathogenic fungus. Recently, he is investigating potential drugs to be used against the SARS-CoV-2 using in silico molecular modelling.

Publications:

  1. Al Khoury, C., Nemer, N. Nemer, G., Kurban, M., Bernigaud, C., Fischer, K., Guillot, J. 2020. In vitro activity of beauvericin against developmental stages of Sarcoptes scabiei. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. https://doi.org/10.1128/AAC.02118-19.
  2. Al Khoury, C., Guillot, J., Nemer, N. 2020. Susceptibility and resistance of the mite Tetranychus urticae to aerial conidia and blastospores of the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana. Systematic and Applied Acarology. https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.25.3.5.
  3. Al Khoury, C., Guillot, J., Nemer, G., Nemer, N. 2019. Lethal activity of beauvericin, a mycotoxin produced by the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana, against the two-spotted spider mites, Tetranychus urticae Koch. Journal of Applied Entomology https://doi.org/10.1111/jen.12684.

 

Dr. Elma Nassar

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Nassar holds a B.S. degree in General Mathematics from the Lebanese University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Probability and Statistics from Aix Marseille Université, France. During her thesis, she worked on probabilistic models for population survival in changing environments. Recently, her research interests range from stochastic processes and probabilistic modeling to machine learning, data analysis and applied statistics to several fields such as psychology, education, and business.

Since her graduation, she worked at several Lebanese universities as a part time instructor. She joined LAU in 2018 as a Biostatistics instructor and until date, she is still active at the School of Arts and Sciences. Appointed as Research Statistician at the Graduate Studies and Research Office since 2019, she provided LAU faculty from various disciplines with professional training, advice and guidance on research design, execution, statistical analysis, and other research-related matters. She became a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in February 2020 and participated in several educational, psychological, and business projects as co-principal investigator and/or statistician.

Publications:

  1. Nassar, E., & El-Khalil, R. (2020) Assessment of Agility Implementation in Manufacturing. Proceedings of the 5th North American IEOM Conference. (Awarded Best-Track Paper)   
  2. Kopp, M., Nassar, E. & Pardoux, E. (2018) Phenotypic lag and population extinction in the moving-optimum model: insights from a small-jumps limit. J. Math. Biol. 77: 1431. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00285-018-1258-2
  3. Nassar, E., & Pardoux, E. (2018) Small jumps asymptotic of the moving optimum Poissonian SDE. Stochastic Processes and Their Applications. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spa.2018.07.010

 

Dr. Fadi N. Nassar

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Fadi holds a PhD from the War Studies Department at King’s College in London. His thesis examined the decision-making of the UN’s mediation efforts in Syria, offering a detailed account of the policies and strategies of Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi, and Staffan de Mistura in Syria as well as a new method to pinpoint the agency of UN mediators in such sensitive and often clouded positions. This research served as the grounds for his forthcoming book on the UN mediation process in Syria. In conjunction with his academic research, he was a visiting fellow at Sciences Po Paris and a doctoral fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. At different capacities, he has worked with the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme in Lebanon as well as in Peru, the Holy See’s Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Lebanon. He has also written for the Middle East Institute, the International Peace Institute, Open Democracy, Middle East Eye, and Univision on issues of international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and Middle Eastern politics, and his articles can be found in English and Spanish. Fadi also holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. 

Publications:

  1. Nassar, Fadi N. “Mediating for peace: a study on the decision-making of the UN’s mediation efforts in Syria under Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi, and Staffan de Mistura.” PhD diss., King’s College London, 2019.
  2. Nassar, Fadi N. “Women and Women’s Rights are Central to Lebanon’s Protest Movement.” Middle East Institute,11/05/2009. https://www.mei.edu/publications/women-and-womens-rights-are-central-lebanons-protest-movement
  3. Nassar, Fadi N. “The Roots of the Lebanese Protests and the Path Forward.” International Peace Institute, 09/28/2019  https://theglobalobservatory.org/2019/10/roots-lebanese-protests-and-path-forward/

 

Dr. Farah Abdel Rahman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Farah Abdel Rahman obtained her a B.Sc in Biology, Teaching diploma in Science education and Master degree in Physiology at the American University of Beirut. There, she investigated the role of Nitric oxide and Epidermal growth factor receptor in mechanical stretch induced vascular remodeling in an Ex vivo culture model. After that, she received a PhD scholarship to the medical life science technology program at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany. As a PhD, she established a cell culture model to simulate systemic inflammation. Additionally, she investigated the role sphingosine-1-Phosphate (S1P) as a potential therapeutic agent during sepsis in a mouse model of LPS- induced endotoxemia (Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis,2020). Besides, she served on a multidisciplinary research team that succeeded in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in a preclinical study using adeno associated virus carrying Cas-9 guide RNA (Nature Medicine, 2020). 

She was appointed as a postdoctoral fellow and an instructor at  the department of natural science at LAU in September 2020. Dr. Abdel Rahman will be utilizing state-of-the-art genomic technologies to better understand and diagnose genetic disorders. With the advent of next generation sequencing, she will analyze high throughput data to identify genetic variants of clinical interest as well as potential biomarkers and drug targets of disease among the Lebanese population.

Awards: PhD scholarship to the medical life science technology program

Publications:

  1. Abdel Rahman, F., et al., Sphingosine 1-phosphate attenuates LPS induced pericyte loss via activation of Rho-A and MRTF-A. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 2020.
  2. Moretti, A., et al., Somatic gene editing ameliorates skeletal and cardiac muscle failure in pig and human models of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Nat Med, 2020.
  3. Ziegler, T., et al., Atherosclerosis and the Capillary Network; Pathophysiology and Potential Therapeutic Strategies. Cells, 2019. 9(1).

 

Dr. Farah Demachkieh

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I have a Ph.D. in Construction Management from the American University of Beirut. Prior to pursuing my Doctorate degree, I have earned a Master’s degree in Engineering Management as well as a Bachelor’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the same university. Moreover, I was also honored to be the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award, which is an annual honorary award made to a graduating student from each of the undergraduate majors for outstanding academic achievement, character, and contribution to the department, I have maintained a 4.0 GPA through a well-balanced program of study.

As a PhD scholar, my dissertation has primarily focused on the employability of Earned Value Management (EVM) method as an underlying platform of project controls. The objective of my research study was to investigate several decision-aid frameworks that can systematically guide the construction contract engineer in making the EVM tool better accustomed to and suited for exercising project controls and administrating construction contracts, while making use of the enhanced capabilities of the techniques that are widely spread in the archived literature.

My previous research work mainly focused on (i) construction Law, (ii) claims and disputes resolution on projects, and (iii) project controls in construction projects.

My main research interests are:

Publications:

  1. Demachkieh, F., Khalife, S., Abdul-Malak, M.-A., and Hamzeh, F. (2020). “Considerations for Filing Global Construction Claims: Legal Perspective.” Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, 12(3), 05020003.
  2. Demachkieh, F., and Abdul-Malak, M.-A. (2019). “Administration of Construction Contract Interim Payments Based on Earned-Value Reduction Techniques.” Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)LA.1943-4170.0000309.
  3. Demachkieh, F., and Abdul-Malak, M.-A., Emergent EVM Techniques for Construction Schedule Performance Measurement and Control, 2019 AACE International Transactions, EVM-3271, AACE International, Morgantown, WV, 2019.

 

Dr. Ghada M. Awada

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

A Fulbright Scholar at North Carolina State University (NCSU-2016). A holder of a Ph.D. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language(TEFL) and Applied Linguistics, MA in English, Teaching Diploma, BA in English in addition to a PhD in Public International Law and International Relations, Master’s degree in Public Law and a Bachelor degree in Law. The first female recipient of the AUB Service Excellence Award (2018-2019).

I have been implementing a systematic and sustained series of studies that revealed the relative superiority of democratic, intercultural-based learning(Awada,Diab& Faour, 2020),  Human Rights Education integration in the curriculum of different schools(Awada, Diab& Faour, 2018) including schools of Medicine(Awada& Al Habbal,in process). My research focuses on creating innovative Third Space mediums for all learners including the underpriviledged and marginalized ones(Awada,Ghaith& Diab, 2020; Awada& Gutiérrez-Colón, 2019). My research intends to come up with innovative models needed to motivate learners( Awada & Ghaith, 2020)and develop the cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes of instruction(Awada& Burston, 2020), including acquisition of writing skills(Awada, Burston & Ghannage, 2019) and motivation for learning, decreasing alienation(Awada& Diab, 2016).Likewise, I have been studying the challenges that hinder Women’s Economic Empowerment(Awada &Habib, 2018; Diab & Awada, 2016) and the use of CL and intercultural-based learning in different disciplines despite its proven methods and theoretical relevance (Awada, Diab& Faour, 2018).

Publications:

  1.  Awada, G., Ghaith, G., & Diab, N. M. (2020). Using Third Space and Literature Circles (TSLC) as transformative pedagogy for marginalized EFL learners. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 1-9.https://doi.org/10.1080/17501229.2020.1819288
  2. .Awada, G., & Burston, J. (2020). Effect of learner proficiency levels on methodological effectiveness: Case of STAD and WebQuest (STADIBTM). Teaching English with Technology20(3), 63-84.
  3. Awada, G. M., Diab, H. B., & Faour, K. H. (2020). Effect of GI and Glogster on improving the intercultural communication skills in higher education. In multicultural instructional design: Concepts, methodologies, tools, and applications (pp. 576-604). IGI Global. https://www.igi-global.com/chapter/effect-of-gi-and-glogster-on-improving-the-intercultural-communication-skills-in-higher-education/231364 

 

Dr. Haidar Taki                                               

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Haidar Taki was born in 1989. He received his master degree in “Signal, Telecom, Image, Parole” from the Lebanese University,  Faulty of Sciences  (Beirut) in 2013.  He also received the PhD degree in “High Speed Over Fiber Communications Utilizing Semi-Conductor Optical Amplifiers” from the Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Brest (France) in 2017, under the supervision of professor Stephane Azou. Currently, he occupies a postdoctoral research fellow position at the Lebanese American University (LAU).  His research interests include Ultra Wide Band communications and signal processing.  In particular, enhancing the quality of transmission for impulse radio systems via designing novel pulse shapes, advancing the existing data modulation patterns, smoothing the spectra of transmitted signals, besides to improving the bit error rate performance for transceivers based on coherent and non-coherent detection schemes, while considering additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channels and multi-path fading channels.        

Publications:

  1. Taki, H., Azou, S., Hamie, A., Al Housseini, A., Alaeddine, A., & Sharaiha, A. (2017). Simple pre-distortion schemes for improving the power efficiency of SOA-based IR-UWB over fiber systems. Optics Communications, 382, 225-231.
  2. Taki, H., Azou, S., Hamie, A., Al Housseini, A., Alaeddine, A., & Sharaiha, A. (2017). On phaser-based processing of impulse radio UWB over fiber systems employing SOA. Optical Fiber Technology, 36, 33-40.
  3. Taki, H., Azou, S., Hamie, A., Morel, P., Al Housseini, A., Alaeddine, A., & Sharaiha, A. (2018). Chirping techniques for enhancing the performance of SOA-based UWB over fiber systems: An experimental demonstration. AEU-International Journal of Elect

 

Dr. Halim Tannous

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Halim Tannous is a Ph.D. Computer Engineer, M.Eng. Biomedical Engineer graduated from the Université de technologie de Compiègne in France (Sorbonnes Universités Alliance) and a Computer and Communications Engineer graduated from the Lebanese University. Considered as a Full Stack Software Engineer (SWE) and Data Scientist (DS), his research work concentrates on the conception and implementation of connected health technologies for various pathologies.

Halim is a proven lecturer, who constantly receives high praise for his methods. He teaches courses in programming, computer engineering and statistics. Halim also mentors university undergraduates, graduates and established professionals in the fields of SWE and DS.

Skills: Dozens of programming languages and frameworks; Proven R&D skills (from conception and implementation to data analysis and interpretation); Multidisciplinary background.

Areas of Interest: Game Programming; AI R&D; SWE; Connected Technology for Healthcare. 

Publications:

A New Multi-Sensor Fusion Scheme to Improve the Accuracy of Knee Flexion Kinematics for Functional Rehabilitation Movements; Rehabilitation-oriented serious game development and evaluation guidelines for musculoskeletal disorders; Interactive and connected rehabilitation systems for e-Health.

 

Dr. Hassib Jamal AUDI

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Hassib Audi joined the Natural Sciences Department at Lebanese American University as a PT faculty member in February 2015. In addition to having teaching duties, he was heavily involved in conducting research in collaboration with many research groups. This resulted in many first-author and co-author publications affiliated with LAU in an interdisciplinary field, published in international indexed journals. Recently, he was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at LAU.

Dr. Audi received his Bachelor in science from the Lebanese university in 2006. His MSc and PhD in Chemistry and MSc in Business Administration MBA were received from Burgundy University, France in 2009 and 2013, respectively. Through his diverse experiences in chemical synthesis, he developed his own approach in tackling new scientific challenges and expand his vision for directing innovative research projects.

His research interests focusing on the relationship between structure and activity in novel organometallic compounds for photo dynamic therapy PDT. Recently, He started working in the area of metal organic framework (MOFs). His research in the area of MOFs has been focused on the incorporation of novel organometallic compounds into the framework of MOFs for better application in catalysis, gas storage and gas separation.

Publications:

  1. H. Audi, Y. Viero, N. Alwhaibi, Z. Chen, M. Iazykov, A. Heynderickx, F. Xiao, D. Guérin, C. Krzeminski, I. M. Grace, C. J. Lambert, O. Siri, D. Vuillaume, S. Lenfant and H. Klein. Nanoscale, 2020, 12, 10127–10139.
  2. ElCheikh Mahmoud, Audi Hassib, Mahmoud Assoud AbdelJalil, Ghaddar Tarek, Hmadeh Mohamad; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 17, 7115-7121.
  1. Hassib Audi, Daniel F.Azar, Farah Mahjoub, Stephanie Farhat, Zeinab El-Masri, Mirvat El-Sibai, Ralph J. Abi-Habib and Rony S. Khnayzer,  j. photo. Chem., 2018, 351, 59-68.

 

Dr. Hussein Ali Hassan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Experienced Research Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in AutoCAD, Gas, Mathematical Modeling, Petroleum, MATLAB and C++ programming. Strong engineering professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) focused in Chemical Engineering from Tarbiat Modares University (TMU). Strong background of industrial chemistry with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Pure Chemistry from Lebanese University.

Research Interests:

Publications:

  1.  Thermodynamic modeling and experimental measurement of semi-clathrate hydrate phase equilibria for CH4 in the presence of cyclohexane (CH) and tetra-n-butyl ammonium bromide (TBAB) mixture. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2019.103128 - Hussein Hassan, Hassan Pahlavanzadeh
  2. Experimental study and kinetic modeling of the effects of SDS, tween 20, and graphene oxide nanosheets on R410a hydrate formation as a cold storage medium. doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2020.112665 - Abolfazl Mohammadi, Amir Mohammad Javidani, Saeid Abedi-Farizhendi, Amir H. Mohammadi, Hussein Hassan
  3. Hydrate dissociation conditions of CH4 in the presence of TBANO3 and cyclopentane promoter mixture: Thermodynamic modeling and experimental measurement. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jced.9b01108 - Hussein Hassan, Hassan Pahlavanzadeh, Mohammad Pourranjbar

 

Dr. Jana Hamdi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

After graduating from the Lebanese University - Faculty of Sciences in 2014 with a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics, I went on to pursue further graduate studies at the University of La Rochelle (France) where I defended my thesis in Fluid Mechanics in 2017 and was awarded a PhD.

During this time, my research activities focused on impinging jets where the studies I conducted were around vortex dynamics, interaction of a fluid with a structure, and coupling of the vortex dynamics with the acoustic generation. The flow dynamics was visualized using the PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) technique and analyzed by applying the Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD).

Currently, I am undertaking research on the performance of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines. The objective is to enhance the performance of the VAWT by using new designs of winglets and analyze this enhancement by studying the flow dynamics using PIV technique.  

Publications:

  1. Hamdi J, Assoum H, Abed-Meraïm K and Sakout A 2017 Volume reconstruction of an impinging jet obtained from stereoscopic-PIV data using POD European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids
  2. Hamdi J, Assoum H, Abed-Meraïm K and Sakout A 2019 Analysis of the effect of the 3C kinematic field of a confined impinging jet on a slotted plate by stereoscopic PIV European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids 76 243–58
  3. Hamdi J, Assoum H H, Abed-Meraïm K and Sakout A 2017 Volume reconstruction of a plane jet impinging on a slotted plate using the phase averaging technique Energy Procedia 139 404–9

 

Dr. Jo Kelcey

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jo Kelcey received her PhD in International Education from New York University in May 2020. She also holds an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a BA from the University of Sheffield (UK). Her doctoral dissertation drew on archival research and interviews to explore how the competing and often contradictory demands of the international aid system have shaped UNRWA’s education program and the implications this has for Palestinian refugees. Underscoring this study was a concern with whether and how conventional understandings and related practices of education as a public good anchored in the nation-state can relate to the challenges experienced by people living in situations of protracted displacement and statelessness. During her fellowship, Jo will pursue two main strands of research. She will continue to examine the ways in which globalization and internationalization shape education systems with a particular focus on education policies and outcomes in Lebanon. She also plans to explore the politics of knowledge production at the intersections of research on education and conflict by examining who conducts research on this topic, where research is conducted, the methods employed in these studies and the factors that drive this increasingly popular research agenda. 

Publications:

  1. Kelcey, J. (2019). “Incredibly Difficult, Tragically Needed, and Absorbingly Interesting”: Lessons from the AFSC School Program for Palestinian Refugees in Gaza, 1949 to 1950. Journal for Education in Emergencies, 5(1): 12-34.
  2. Kelcey, J. & Chatila, S. (forthcoming, Fall 2020). Increasing inclusion or expanding exclusion? How the global strategy to include refugees in national education systems has been implemented in Lebanon. Refuge.
  3. Kelcey, J. (2019). “Whose knowledge?” Putting politics back into curriculum choices for refugees.” In, Education as a Panacea for Refugee Youth: Transitioning from Conflict to the Classroom. (Wiseman, A., Damascke-Deitrick, L., Gallegher, E., & M. Park (Eds). (Routledge)

 

Dr. Joëlle EL HAJJ

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

As a biochemist from the Lebanese University, I decided to pursue a research master’s degree in molecular biology with emphasis on immunology. Being a challenge taker, my AUF and CEDRE doctoral grants allowed me to travel to Paris and achieve a co-tutelle PhD degree in Life Sciences from Paris Saclay and Saint Joseph Universities-Beirut. I worked on the regulation of telomerase by the long non coding RNA H19 in acute Promyelocytic leukemia. Building a research publications record continued with a first post doc experience at USJ that was followed by a second opportunity at The Lebanese American University where I had the chance to join the Human genetics lab and recently being an instructor of two biology courses. This allowed me to successfully accomplish my career goals until present.

Publications:

  1. Ghassibe-Sabbagh M, El Hajj J, et al., Altered regulation of cell migration in IRF6-mutated orofacial cleft patients-derived primary cells reveals a novel role of RhoGTPases in cleft/lip palate development. Under revision 2020
  2. El Hajj J, et al., Telomerase regulation by the long non-coding RNA H19 in human acute promyelocytic leukemia cells. Molecular Cancer 2018. doi : 10.1186/s12943-018-0835-8
  3. El Hajj J, et al., Telomeres and Telomerase in Neuroblastoma. IntechOpen 2017. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.69567

Dr. Joelle Nader

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Joelle Nader joined the GSR Office at the Lebanese American University in August 2019, where she was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She is primarily working on special strategic research studies in her field of expertise while coordinating with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. On the other hand, having a multidisciplinary background, she is providing support to different research clusters and faculty members to pursue advanced empirical research projects, from initiation till publication.

Dr. Nader received the MS and PhD degrees in “Industrial Technology” and “Industrial Process Engineering” in 2009 and 2017, respectively, from Saint Joseph University of Beirut. She has a strong background in several areas including: Chemical Engineering, Industrial Process Engineering and Applied Sciences, Design of Experiments, Process Modeling and Optimization, Advanced Statistics, Innovative Industrial Technologies, Project Management, Product and Process Development, Operations and Production Management. In addition, her research interests stem from her goal of developing improved technologies (i.e. innovative and sustainable extraction methods, expansion, chemical and thermo-mechanical processes) for food and beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, fine chemistry, biofuel, cosmetic and other industrial applications. Moreover, Dr. Nader is currently designing time-saving and cost-effective experiments while integrating advanced modeling and optimization techniques to different fields, including but not limited to: environmental, chemical, medical, pharmaceutical, psychological, educational, engineering, business and operations management.

Her research activity is documented by several scientific peer-reviewed papers published in Q1 journals, different conference proceedings and 2 registered patents so far.

Publications:

  1. Nader, J., Afif, C., Louka, N. (2021). Impact of a novel partial defatting technology on oxidative stability and sensory properties of peanut kernels. Food Chemistry, 334, 127581.
  2. El-Khalil, R., Nader, J. (2020). Impact of Flexibility on Operational Performance: A Case from US Automotive Manufacturing Facilities. Proceedings of the 5th NA International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Detroit, Michigan, USA, in press.
  3. Nader, J., Louka, N. (2018). Development of a novel technology entitled “Intensification of Vaporization by Decompression to the Vacuum” (IVDV) for reconstitution and texturing of partially defatted peanuts. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies, 45, 455–466.

 

Dr. Josephine EL ALAM

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I joined the School of Engineer at the Lebanese American University in September 2019, where I was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. I am primarily working on environmental research studies in the field of air/ water pollution by assessing the heavy metals and the organic pollution in the environment based on biomonitoring. On the other hand I am working on soil remediation based on cactus plant. Moreover, I had some teaching duties within

the school of Arts and Sciences in the field of organic and basic chemistry. 

I received my MS degrees in “Biotechnology” from the Lebanese University in June 2014. While my PhD degrees, in “Biotechnology” and “Analytical Chemistry” were respectively earned from the Lebanese University and the University of Strasbourg (France) in June 2017. My research project entitled: “Organic pollutants: analysis, application on environmental biomonitoring and introduction of biopesticides (marine algae) as alternative”, allowed me to develop and emphasize my knowledge to the different field of environmental sciences as well as the mostly used analytical techniques used in the field of environmental assessments. In addition, this research allowed me developing several extraction processes to be applied on several organic compounds (pesticides, PAHs, PCBs, HM) especially in the field of green Chemistry. Furthermore, I spent the last two years developing my skills as a researcher (co supervising a PhD student enrolled at the University of Strasbourg in co-direction with the Lebanese University). 

My research interests include but not limited to environmental pollution, biomonitoring, air and water pollution assessment, soil remediation and analytical green chemistry. 

Publications:

  1. Al-Alam, J., Baroudi, F., Chbani, A., Fajloun, Z., & Millet, M. (2020). A multiresidue method for the analysis of pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and polychlorinated biphenyls in snails used as environmental biomonitors. Journal of Chromatography A, 461006.
  2. Al-Alam, J., Lévy, M., Ba, H., Pham-Huu, C., & Millet, M. (2020). Passive air samplers based on ceramic adsorbent for monitoring of organochlorine pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls in outdoor air. Environmental Technology & Innovation, 20, 101094.
  3. Al-Alam, J., Fajloun, Z., Chbani, A., & Millet, M. (2017). The use of conifer needles as biomonitor candidates for the study of temporal air pollution variation in the Strasbourg region. Chemosphere, 168, 1411-1421.

 

Dr. Katia El Sayed

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Katia Sayyed joined LAU on September 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Natural Sciences.

She got her PhD degree on October 2018 in Toxicology and Biotechnology from Rennes 1 University in France and from the Lebanese University. Her research work focuses on Environmental Toxicology applied to Biology, the effects of environmental pollutants on drug transporters activity and expression in mammalian and yeast cell models.

She has published numerous papers in well-known peer-reviewed journals and presented talks, posters and flash talks in international symposiums and conferences.

Publications:

  1. Sayyed, K., Hdayed, I., Tabcheh, M., Abdel-Razzak, Z., & El-Bitar, H. (2020). Antioxidant properties of the Lebanese plant Iris x germanica L. crude extracts and antagonism of chlorpromazine toxicity on Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Drug and Chemical Toxicology, 1-12.
  2. Sayyed, K., Aljebeai, A. K., Al-Nachar, M., Chamieh, H., Taha, S., & Abdel-Razzak, Z. (2019). Interaction of cigarette smoke condensate and some of its components with chlorpromazine toxicity on Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Drug and Chemical Toxicology, 1-11.
  3. Sayyed, K., Le Vée, M., Chamieh, H., Fardel, O., & Abdel-Razzak, Z. (2018). Cigarette smoke condensate alters Saccharomyces cerevisiae efflux transporter mRNA and activity and increases caffeine toxicity. Toxicology, 409, 129-136.

 

Louna Karam, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Louna Karam earned her PhD in molecular biology from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Lebanese University. During her graduate research, she studied the antitumor effect of different retinoids and plant extracts on Human Herpes Virus 8-associated primary effusion lymphoma. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in cancer cell biology in Dan Georgess’s lab at the Department of Natural Sciences at LAU. Her research aims to uncover novel molecular and cellular dynamics driving breast tumor growth and invasion using 3D culture methods combined with fluorescence microscopy and biochemistry techniques.

Publications:

  1. Karam, L., Houshaymi, B., Abdel-Samad, R., Jaafar, M., Halloum, I., Pisano, C., Neipel, F., Darwiche, N., Abou Merhi, R. Antitumor activity of the synthetic retinoid ST1926 on primary effusion lymphoma in vitro and in vivo models. Oncology Reports 39.2 (2018): 721-730.
  2. Hamade, K., Karam, L., Habib, J., Abou Merhi, R., Elkak, A. Cytotoxic effect of Berberis Libanotica roots extracts on human cancer cells and antioxidant activities. The Journal of Phytopharmacology. 6.6 (2017): 311-317.
  3. Karam, L. Abou Staitieh, S. Ismail, B. Neipel, F. Darwiche, N. Abou Merhi, R. The Anti-tumor activities of Parthenolide on PEL in vitro and in vivo models. Molecular Carcinogenesis. (Under review)

 

Dr. Mamdouh ZAYDAN

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Zaydan holds a B.S. and M.S degree in Mathematics from the Lebanese university and PhD degree in Applied Mathematics from INSA Rouen, France. His past and present research focuses on mathematical modeling of traffic flows. In particular, he attacks the questions of existence, unicity and stability of solutions of equations derived from traffic modeling. In addition, using mathematical tools like ordinary and partial differential equations, viscosity solutions and homogenization, he justify rigorously macroscopic models using the very precise (from modeling point of view) microscopic models.

During his PhD, Dr. Zaydan taught several mathematics courses in the department of sciences at INSA Rouen. Before joining LAU, he was a part-time instructor at several universities in Lebanon. Moreover, he has some teaching duties at the department of Computer Science and Mathematics at LAU.

Publications:

  1. With Nicolas Forcadel. A comparison principle for a Hamilton-Jacobi equation with moving in time boundary. Evolution Equations & Control Theory 8.3 (2019): 543-565.
  2. With Nicolas Forcadel and Wilfredo Salazar. Specified homogenization of a discrete traffic model leading to an effective junction condition. Communications on Pure & Applied Analysis, 2018, 17 (5) : 2173-2206.
  3. With Nicolas Forcadel and Wilfredo Salazar. Homogenization of second order discrete model with local perturbation and application to traffic flow. Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems-Series A, 37(3): 1437-1487, 2017.

 

Dr. Manal Ginzarly

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Manal Ginzarly earned her M.S. in Urban Design from the American University of Beirut in 2014 and her PhD in Engineering Sciences and Technology from the University of Liège, Belgium in 2019. Her inquiry is multidisciplinary. It combines urban governance, sustainable development, heritage management, and tourism management. In her research, she focuses on people’s construct and definition of heritage and on the co-production of heritage knowledge. She develops novel methods that integrate traditional and innovative tools to grasp the range of cultural values attributed by the different stakeholders — including locals, tourists, and decision-makers — to the historic urban landscape. She works on methodological approaches dealing with social media to foster civic engagement in heritage management and to provide additional knowledge on the diversity of heritage places and attributes.

Publications:

  1. Ginzarly, M., Farah, J., & Teller, J. (2019). Claiming a role for controversies in the framing of local heritage values. Habitat International, 88, 101982.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2019.05.001
  2. Ginzarly, M., Houbart, C., & Teller, J. (2018). The Historic Urban Landscape approach to urban management: A systematic review. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2018.1552615
  3. Ginzarly, M., Pereira Roders, A., & Teller, J. (2018). Mapping historic urban landscape values through social media. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 36, 1-11.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2018.10.002

 

Dr. Marc Fakhoury

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Marc Fakhoury joined the department of Natural Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences at LAU in 2020 as a research faculty-postdoctoral research fellow. He holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and a M.Eng degree in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University, Canada, and a PhD in Neuroscience from the Université de Montréal, Canada. He also has previous postdoctoral research experience at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, USA (2018-2019) and in the department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiological Sciences of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2019-2020).

Dr. Fakhoury carries an excellent record of publications, with over 40 research contributions including original research articles, review papers, books and book chapters. He was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Fonds de Recherche Santé Quebec. He currently serves on the editorial board of several journals, including Frontiers in Psychiatry, Current Psychiatry Research and Reviews, and Current Alzheimer Research. His research interests lie in the field of behavioral neuroscience, psychiatric disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Publications:

  1. Fakhoury (2020). Optogenetics: A revolutionary approach for the study of depression. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry, Accepted in press. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2020.110094
  2. Fakhoury M, Hernandez G, Lévesque D, Rompré PP (2020). Modulation of brain stimulation reward and locomotor activity by ionotropic glutamate receptors of the tail of the ventral tegmental area. Behavioural Brain Research, 393:112785. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2020.112785.
  3. Fakhoury M, Salman I, Najjar W, Merhej G, Lawand N (2020). The lateral hypothalamus: an uncharted territory for processing peripheral neurogenic inflammation. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14:101. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00101

 

Dr. Karim Barakat

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I received my PhD in Philosophy from Duquesne University in May 2018. I specialize in political philosophy, especially the work of Hobbes and Foucault. I have already published on several topics in political philosophy including the extent to which Rawlsian liberalism is able to account for its normative basis and on the role governmentality plays in Foucault’s work.

My research develops a political account which begins with actual practices as opposed to an ideal conception of justice. I focus on the question of how we can justify and practically motivate democratic procedures, while exploring the interdisciplinary links between philosophy, politics, and history.

My current book project, On Hypothetical Contracts, introduces a critique of Rawlsian liberalism through emphasizing the need to rely on history to derive evaluative commitments. I also argue for a form of political skepticism that reduces antagonism in political disagreement, while not collapsing into conservatism. Moreover, my research interests also include contemporary Arab political thought, especially authors who have made use of history to offer contemporary critiques.

Publications:

  1. Grounding Reasonableness in Rawls” forthcoming in Philosophy Today – September 2020
  2. Understanding Power Through Governmentality” forthcoming in The Late Foucault: Ethical and Political Questions edited by Marta Faustino and Gianfranco Ferraro - to be published by Bloomsbury press - December 2020

 

Dr. Mohamad El Maouch

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

By having an interdisciplinary research direction, mainly including Psychology and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Dr. El Maouch is currently involved in the research context of the Social Sciences department as part of the Arts and Sciences School at LAU. Dr. El Maouch finished his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Lebanese University (Beirut), in 2011. Later, He obtained his Master’s degree in Psychology from Central China Normal University-CCNU (Wuhan, China) in 2013. In 2020, Dr. El Maouch obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from Northeast Normal University-NENU (Changchun, China), as joint research with the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China).

Based on understanding the human mental development, focusing on the emergence of higher mental functions, Dr. El Maouch’s work is dedicated to introducing a qualitative model of cognitive development, in artificial systems, and specifically in Robotics; Hence, forming the ground of crucial abilities, such as abstraction and generalization, active perception, socialization, concepts formation and language acquisition, among others. Other research interests of his are to follow the qualitative historical development of human mental structure, as a reflection of social development, as well as, to shed light on the role of AI in the noted development, and how AI is structuring, in turn, the individual’s mental life.

Publications:

  1. M. E. Maouch, S. Wang, G. Xiaosong, Y. Cai, T. Lu and M. Saab, “Activity Theory Based Model for Robotics Tasks Learning and Functional Reflection,” In Proceedings of Chinese Control And Decision Conference (CCDC), Nanchang, China, 2019, pp. 3533-3540. IEEE. doi: 10.1109/CCDC.2019.8832472.
  2. M. E. Maouch, S. Wang, G. Xiaosong. “Contradictions-Based Development in Robotics: Meanings Emergence and Concepts Formation For Communication, and Words Acquisition.”  In Proceedings of Chinese Automation Congress, (CAC), Hangzhou, China, 2019, pp. 1990-1995, IEEE. doi: 10.1109/CAC48633.2019.8996948
  3. M. E. Maouch, S. Wang, G. Xiaosong. “Contradictions based qualitative development in robotics, for meanings emergence and functional reflection.” In Proceedings of the 14th China Intelligent Robots Conference (CIRC). Chongqing, China, 2019. pp. 18-24.

 

Dr. Nadine Abbas

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Nadine Abbas is a lecturer and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Lebanese American University (LAU). She earned her Ph.D. and Master’s of Engineering degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2017 and 2011, respectively. Nadine received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Communication Engineering from Notre Dame University in 2008 with highest distinction. Dr. Abbas has received several awards including a one year visiting researcher position in 2012 at Intel Corporation USA, in addition to a scholarship from the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research 2015-2017, and NDU’s prestigious Engineering Research Innovation Award in 2008. Her career experience includes a lecturer position in the ECE department at AUB between 2017 and 2018, and the technical manager at Beirut AI since 2020. Dr. Abbas has had many professional contributions and services. She has been serving as a member of the IEEE Communications Society Executive Committee since 2017. She is also a reviewer to multiple conferences and journals such as IEEE Globecom and IEEE Transactions on Communications among others. Her research interests include mobile edge computing and wireless communications. The aim is to provide novel solutions that address emerging challenges in the design of next generation heterogeneous wireless networks, including ultra-reliable and low-latency communication systems in the context of 5G/6G mobile communications, tactile internet, internet of things and cognitive vehicular-to-everything networks.

Publications:

  1. N. Abbas, S. Sharafeddine, H. Hajj and Z. Dawy, “Price-Aware Traffic Splitting in D2D HetNets with Cost-Energy-QoE Tradeoffs,” Computer Networks, vol. 172, p. 107169, 2020.
  2. N. Abbas, S. Sharafeddine, H. Hajj and Z. Dawy, “Cost and Energy Aware Dynamic Splitting of Video Traffic in Heterogeneous Networks”, in Proceedings of the 24th IEEE symposium on Computers and Communications, June 2019.
  3. N. Abbas, H. Hajj, S. Sharafeddine and Z. Dawy, “Traffic Offloading with Channel Allocation in Cache-Enabled Ultra-Dense Wireless Networks”, in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 67, no. 9, pp. 8723-8737, September 2018.

 

Dr. Najwa Mansour

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Najwa Mansour received her PhD in Cellular and Microbial Sciences in 2020 from the University of Surrey, UK. Her PhD thesis focused on the cellular signaling pathways in breast cancer cells, upon photoactivated chemotherapy with ruthenium complexes. Her research interest combines multiple disciplines and is mainly focused on drug discovery in cancer therapy whereby various chemically synthesized platinum and ruthenium complexes are investigated along with their mechanisms of action. Dr. Mansour also investigates the molecular cancer cell death pathways (intrinsic/extrinsic apoptosis, necrosis, necroptosis, autophagy and others). Her research is based on cell culture techniques, cytotoxicity assays, flow cytometry, western blotting, gel electrophoresis and microscopy beside the metallodrug synthesis, purification and identification (NMR, ESI-MS, and HR-MS) techniques. During her master’s studies, she focused on Multidrug resistant microorganisms and available antibiotic therapy using mostly PCR and Checkerboard techniques. She was selected for the “Research in Medicine Award” in 2013 and completed her masters with high distinction. Dr. Mansour joined LAU as a part time instructor in the Department of Natural Sciences on July 2014. Her research has been published in international journals such as RCS advances and European Journal of Organic Chemistry.

Publications:

  1. Mansour, N.; Mehanna, S.; Taleb, R. I.; Mroueh, M.; Bodman‐Smith, K.; El-Sibai, M.; Daher, C. F.; Khnayzer, R. S.* Photoactivatable Ru(II) complex bearing 2,9-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline: unusual photochemistry and significant potency on cisplatin-resistant cell lines. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2018, 22, 2524-2532.
  2. Mehanna, S.; Mansour, N.; Audi, H.; Bodman-Smith, K.; Mroueh,  M. A.; Taleb, R. I.; Daher, C. F. and Khnayzer, R. S.* “Enhanced cellular uptake and photochemotherapeutic potential of a lipophilic strained Ru(II) polypyridyl complex”. RSC Advances, 2019, 9, 17254 – 17265.
  3. Jaafar, A.; Fix‐Tailler, A.; Mansour, N.; Allain, M.; Shebaby, W.; Faour, W.; Tokajian, S.; El-Ghayoury, A.; Naoufal, D.; Bouchara, J.; Larcher, G.; Ibrahim, G. “Synthesis, characterization, antifungal and antibacterial activities evaluation of copper (II), zinc (II) and cadmium (II) chloride and bromide complexes with new (E)1‐(3,4‐dimethoxybenzylidene)‐4‐methylthiosemicarbazone ligand”. Applied Organometallic Chemistry, 2020.

 

Dr. Nour Fattouh

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Nour Fattouh joined the team of Dr. Roy Khalaf at LAU in September 2019 as a Research Faculty to work on a project that aims at analyzing the phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of Candida fungi isolated from hospitalized patients. She also teaches Cell and Molecular Biology at LAU. She holds a BS in “Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Biochemistry” and an MRes in “Structure-Interaction of Macromolecules and Functional Genomics” from Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth (USJ) where her main research activities were focused on evaluating resistance towards carbapenem antibiotics in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. She was awarded scholarships to pursue her PhD degree in “Biology & Health” with emphasis in “Cell Biology” and “Microbiology” at Université de Montpellier. During her PhD, she conducted her research at the French National Council for Scientific Research (CRBM, Montpellier) where she played a role in characterizing the intracellular lifestyle of the endosymbionts Wolbachia which are bacteria that could be used as tools in the fight against some viral and parasitic infections. Her research interests are mainly summarized by the following key-words: Host-microorganism interactions – Symbiosis – Infectious diseases – Cellular organelles – Cellular stress – Microscopy – Genetic engineering – Microbial genomics – Antimicrobial resistance.

Publications:

  1. Fattouh, N., Cazevieille, C. and Landmann, F., 2019. Wolbachia endosymbionts subvert the endoplasmic reticulum to acquire host membranes without triggering ER stress. PLOS Negl. Trop. Dis.13(3), p.e0007218.
  2. Foray, V.*, Pérez-Jiménez, M.M.*, Fattouh, N. and Landmann, F., 2018. Wolbachia control stem cell behavior and stimulate germline proliferation in filarial nematodes. Dev. Cell45(2), pp.198-211.

*These authors contributed equally.

  1. Yaghi, J., Fattouh, N., Akkawi, C., El Chamy, L., Maroun, R.G. and Khalil, G., 2020. Unusually high prevalence of cosecretion of Ambler class A and B carbapenemases and nonenzymatic mechanisms in multidrug-resistant clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Lebanon. Microb. Drug Resist.26(2), pp.150-159.

 

Dr. Oula El ATAT

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Her interested in health-related fields led her to obtain a  MSc in genomics and health from the Lebanese University, and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences specialty: Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine, Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth. she joined LAU as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2019. For her current post-doctoral fellowship, she focuses on the Role of Autophagy in the Cytotoxicity of [HuArgI (Co)-PEG5000]-Induced Arginine Deprivation to Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cell Lines and Patient Derived AML Blasts.

Publications:

  1. Swayden M, Bekdash A, Fakhoury I, El-Atat O, Borjac-Natour J, El-Sibai M,  Abi-Habib R. Activation of autophagy following [HuArgI (Co)-PEG5000]-induced arginine deprivation mediates cell death in colon cancer cells. Human Cell (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13577-020-00437-4.
  1. El Atat O, Fakih A, El-Sibai M. RHOG Activates RAC1 through CDC42 Leading to Tube Formation in Vascular Endothelial Cells. Cells 2019 Feb 18;8(2):171. doi: 10.3390/cells8020171.
  1. El Atat O, Antonios D, Hilal G, Hokayem N, Abou-Ghoch J, Hashim H, Serhal R, Hebbo C, Moussa M, Alaaeddine N. An Evaluation of the Stemness, Paracrine, and Tumorigenic Characteristics of Highly Expanded, Minimally Passaged Adipose-Derived Stem Cells. PLoS One. 2016 Sep 15;11(9):e0162332. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0162332. eCollection 2016.


Dr. Ralph Lteif

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I hold a PhD degree in Mathematics from the Lebanese University as well as the University of Grenoble in a joint doctoral program (October 2016).

My doctoral dissertation is entitled ” Modeling and mathematical

Analysis of models in oceanography”. In this thesis, I am interested in oceanographic problems and in particular in the propagation of internal waves at the interface between two layers of fluids over variable topography. More precisely, the goal is to introduce, study and rigorously justify asymptotic models in the shallow water regime in both theoretical and numerical aspects.

My research mainly focuses on Mathematical modeling and partial differential equations, Fluid mechanics, Asymptotic models for oceanographic problems, Hyperbolic systems, Nonlinear dispersive PDEs, Numerical methods for hyperbolic and dispersive equations.

I worked at several Lebanese universities as part-time instructor including LAU (2018 – present), USEK (2017 – 2020) and USJ (2017 – 2020)

Earlier this year I supervised the second year Master research project for two students in the Faculty of Sciences of Université Saint Joseph (USJ).

I also have 4 published articles in international journals and in conference proceedings with reviewing committee.

Publications:

  1. R. TOUMA, R. LTEIF. Central finite volume methods for two layer flows with rigid lid. Preprint submitted to Applied Mathematics and Computation.
  2. R. LTEIF, S. ISRAWI. Coupled and scalar asymptotic models for internal waves over variable topography. Asymptotic Analysis, vol. 106, no. 2, pp. 61-98, 2018.
  3. R. LTEIF, S.GERBI, C. BOURDARIAS. A numerical scheme for an improved Green-Naghdi model in the Camassa-Holm regime for the propagation of internal waves. Computers & Fluids, 156: 283-304, 2017.

 

Dr. Rami Bechara

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I started my engineering studies at ESIB/USJ with the 2-year sup/spé concours curriculum. I then passed the entrance exam to the French top Engineering school Ecole Centrale Supélec, specializing in Environmental and Chemical engineering, whilst realizing two 6-month internships. I then pursued my PhD in Process Design Engineering at IFP Energies Nouvelles with Université Lyon I, and EPFL Lausanne

My research efforts have focalized on the design of innovative and sustainable systems and this in multiple fields ranging from potable water production to cell therapy medicines, bioenergy and iron ore reduction. The design methodology is based on computer aided modelling, thermo-economic evaluation and optimization. The employed computer tools were Aspen, Excel, Matlab, AutoCAD and MathCAD. This research activity has culminated in multiple conference proceedings and peer-reviewed articles.

My research interests focus on building innovative and sustainable solutions to key chemical, energetic and environmental dilemmas. In this line, I am currently working at LAU on developing models and simulations to design an optimal anaerobic wastewater treatment system, combining computer-based tools with in-house experimental results and proposed innovations. Waste management, integration of conservation and renewable energy technologies are some of my other areas of interest

Publications:

  1. Bechara, R., Gomez, A., Saint-Antonin, V., Schweitzer, J. M., & Maréchal, F. (2016). Methodology for the optimal design of an integrated first and second generation ethanol production plant combined with power cogeneration. Bioresource Technology, 214, 441-449.
  2. Bechara, R., Gomez, A., Saint-Antonin, V., Schweitzer, J. M., Maréchal, F., & Ensinas, A. (2018). Review of design works for the conversion of sugarcane to first and second-generation ethanol and electricity. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 91, 152-164.
  3. Béchara, R., Hamadeh, H., Mirgaux, O., & Patisson, F. (2020). Carbon Impact Mitigation of the Iron Ore Direct Reduction Process through Computer-Aided Optimization and Design Changes. Metals, 10(3), 367.

 

Dr. Rana Nicolas

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Rana Nicolas did her PhD in photonics and nanotechnology; her PhD research work focused on the optimization and fabrication of plasmonic nanomaterials for optical sensing applications. After her PhD, Dr Nicolas joined the Ultrafast Photonics lab at CEA, where she helped develop a new research thematic on High Harmonic Generation (HHG) in semiconductors. Her current research interests are on Non-linear optics, specifically the plasmonic boost of semiconductor nonlinearities. She is also co-supervising a PhD student working on the numerical optimization of epsilon near zero (ENZ) materials, a new class of materials very promising for applications in quantum computing. Her research work was published in several prestigious journals.

  1. R. Nicolas, Gaëtan Lévêque, Joseph Marae-Djouda, Guillame Montay, Yazid Madi, Jérôme Plain, Ziad Herro, Michel Kazan, Pierre-Michel Adam, and Thomas Maurer, “Plasmonic mode interferences and Fano resonances in Metal-Insulator- Metal nanostructured interface”, August 2015, Scientific reports (Nature) March 16, 2015
  1. R. Nicolas, G. Lévêque, P.-M. Adam, and T. Maurer, “Graphene Doping Induced Tunability of Nanoparticles Plasmonic Resonances,” Plasmonics, pp. 1–7, May 2017.
  1. R. Nicolas, Liping Shi, Jose R. C. Andrade, Willem Boutu, Dominik Franz, Torsten Heidenblut, Carsten Reinhardt, Uwe Morgner, Hamed Merdji, and Milutin Kovacev, “Impact of Plasmon-Induced Atoms Migration in Harmonic Generation,” ACS Photonics, 2018 Feb 8; 5(4):1208-14

 

Dr. Rasha E. Boulos

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Rasha Boulos was appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow in September 2019. She is involved in a computational cluster where she conducts bioinformatics related analysis.

She received her Master’s in partial differential equations from Saint Joseph University. She pursued a PhD in the Ecole Normal Superieure (Lyon, France). Her thesis aimed at confronting DNA functions such as replication and DNA structure. This was done by converting DNA structural data into a weighted network and looking for communities that were compared to the replication domains. She moved to Montpellier and integrated a bioinformatics team in the cancer research institute where she worked on protein-protein interaction networks to look for protein candidates involved in innate immunity. Dr. Boulos came back to Lebanon as a part time faculty in several universities including LAU to teach statistics and mathematics related courses. She pursued an international research collaboration with two teams from the King’s College in London. She studied interactome perturbation during neuronal diseases progression.

Her main research interests include interdisciplinary research questions at the interface between mathematics, physics and biology, bio-statistics, bioinformatics, graph theory and its applications and signal processing. 

 

Dr. Reem Abdul-Rahman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Reem Abdul-Rahman joined the Lebanese American University in September 2020 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

She is working on the numerical modeling of the response of unreinforced concrete masonry infill walls under lateral earthquake loads and the experimental post-earthquake behavior of roman monuments.

Dr. Abdul-Rahman hold a civil engineering diploma from the Lebanese University (2012). She continued her graduate studies in France where she received the MS and PhD degrees in ‘Geo-mechanics, Civil engineering and risks’ and ‘Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering’ in 2014 and 2018, respectively, from Grenoble Alpes University.

She has a strong background in the experimental and numerical analysis of the behavior of concrete subjected to extreme loadings. The goal of her PhD was to find new methods and to develop new procedures to confine concrete samples before subjecting them to shear loading. Moreover, she worked during her master thesis on the numerical analysis of the pull-out test using FLac3D software devoted to geotechnical engineering problem. She also served at ULF and CityU Universities as a part time instructor.

Publications :

  1. Abdul-Rahman, R., Saletti, D., Forquin, P. Accepted for publication. Experimental study of the static and dynamic behavior of pre-confined concrete subjected to shear loading. 2020.
  2. Abdul-Rahman, R., Saletti, D., Forquin, P. Experimental Investigation of the Confined Behavior of Concrete under Shear Loading at High Strain Rates. Proceedings 2018, 2, 496. https://doi.org/10.3390/ICEM18-05408
  3. Abdul-Rahman, R., Forquin, P., Decosne, J.L. “Experimental Analysis of the Shear Behavior of Concrete under High Confinement”, 9th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures FraMCoS-9. Berkeley, California. 2016. https://doi.org/10.21012/FC9.150

 

Dr. Sally El Kantar

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sally El Kantar is a Ph.D. in Process Engineering graduated from Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France (Sorbonnes Universités Alliance), and in Chemistry graduated from Saint-Joseph University of Beirut. She has a multidisciplinary background and works in different fields. Her research concentrates on the valorization of food by-products through the extraction of bioactive compounds, identification and quantification of bioactive compound extracts using analytical chemistry techniques, synthesis and chemical modifications of new compounds, bacterial expression of proteins for further structural characterization. She teaches courses in Chemistry.

Skills: Process engineering: Pulsed Electric Fields, High Voltage Electrical Discharges, Ultrasounds, Microwaves; Analytical Chemistry; Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry, Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Gaz Chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography; Biology: Protein expression in bacteria, antibacterial and antifungal tests.

Publications:

  1. Green extraction of polyphenols from grapefruit peels using high voltage electrical discharges, deep eutectic solvents and aqueous glycerol;
  2. High voltage electrical discharges combined with enzymatic hydrolysis for extraction of polyphenols and fermentable sugars from orange peels;
  3. Pulsed electric field treatment of citrus fruits: Improvement of juice and polyphenols extraction.

 

Dr. Sara Kawrani

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sara Kawrani was born in November 1993 in Lebanon. She received her BS degree in Chemistry from department of chemistry, faculty of sciences Hadath‐Lebanese University in 2014. Then she obtained Maters II degree in Physical Chemistry of materials from faculty of science Fanar‐Lebanese Univerity. She continued pursuing her phd degree at University of Montpellier at European Institute of Membranes (IEM) under the supervision of Pr. David Cornu and Dr. Mikhael Bechelany in a collaboration work with Lebanese University‐ faculty of sciences Fanar under the supervision of Dr. Madona Boulos. She is interested in synthesis of perovskite materials and exploring their behaviors for renewable energy and photocatalytic application. She’s working now on perovskite and oxide nanofibers materials for water treatment with Dr. Robin Taleb and Dr. Elias Akkoury in collaboration with Dr. Mikhael Bechelany in France-Montpellier.

 

Dr. Stephanie Mehanna

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I have a BS in Biology and MS in molecular biology from LAU. I was recently awarded a PhD in Microbial and Cellular Sciences from the University of Surrey, UK. My PhD research combined multiple disciplines; I have developed expertise in metallodrug synthesis, purification, and characterization using techniques like NMR and ESI-MS. The developed complexes were tested as photoactivated chemotherapy in both cancer cells and mouse models. While learning and mastering basic cell and molecular techniques such as cell culture, cytotoxicity assays, flow cytometry, western blotting, gel electrophoresis and microscopy, I implemented, designed and validated novel LC-MS/MS and ICP-MS methods for the study of cellular uptake and pharmacokinetics of metallodrugs. I have an extensive experience in the design of mouse cancer models and preclinical drug testing including toxicity studies, pharmacokinetics, and chemotherapeutic efficacy. During my master’s studies, I also learned several molecular techniques like PCR, qPCR, sequencing, cloning and transformation. My main research interests involve the use of metal-based chemotherapeutics as both photoactivatable drugs and prodrugs to increase selectivity to cancer cells and tumors and hence decrease the overall toxicity of the anticancer treatment. My main focus is the cellular uptake and biodistribution kinetics of these drugs as main indicators of efficacy and selective toxicity. I am also interested in using my experience with analytical techniques to design methods adapted for environmental analyses.

Publications:

  1. Mehanna, S., Mansour, N., Audi, H., Bodman-Smith, K., Mroueh, M. A., Taleb, R. I., Daher, C. F., & Khnayzer, R.S. (2019). Enhanced cellular uptake and photochemotherapeutic potential of a lipophilic strained Ru(II) polypyridyl complex. RSC Advances, 9(30), 17254-17265. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9RA02615K
  2. Mansour, N., Mehanna, S., Mroueh, M.A., Audi, H., Bodman-Smith, K., Daher, C.F., Taleb, R.I., El-Sibai, M., & Khnayzer, R.S. (2018). Photoactivatable RuII complex bearing 2,9-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline: Unusual Photochemistry and Significant Potency on Cisplatin-Resistant Cell Lines. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2018(22), 2524-2532. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.201800194
  3. Mehanna S., Bodman-Smith, K., Daher, C., & Khnayzer, R. (2020). Rapid quantification of ruthenium(II) polypyridyl anti-cancer drugs using selective ligand dissociation LC-MS/MS. Analytical Methods. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0AY01250E

 

Dr. Tamara Salloum

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Tamara Salloum first joined the Biology program at LAU, Byblos in 2010 after being awarded a Merit Scholarship covering her full tuition. She then pursued a master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology with an emphasis on Microbiology. She obtained her PhD in Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Parasitology at the Biosciences Institute in Newcastle University, UK in 2020. She has been awarded the L’OREAL-UNESCO for Women in Science Levant-Regional Fellowship 2019. Her research interests expand from microbial genomics with a focus on the genome characterization of multi-drug resistant clinical pathogens to parasitology with a focus on the pathogenomics of Leishmania tropica parasites, RNA-Seq transcriptomics and assessment of the modulation of the immune response following infections in human macrophages.  With the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been leading the genome sequencing and comparative analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Lebanese strains at LAU using the Nanopore Sequencing technology. Her scientific contributions comprise to date 23 publications in high impact journals (including Scientific Reports by Nature, mBIO, PLOS NTDs etc.) and include participation in various national and international conferences and workshops including the US, UK, Spain, France and Tunisia.

Publications:

  1. Salloum, T., Moussa, R., Rahy, R., Al Deek, J., Khalifeh, I., El Hajj, R., Hall, N., Hirt, R.P. and Tokajian, S., 2020. Expanded genome-wide comparisons give novel insights into population structure and genetic heterogeneity of Leishmania tropica complex. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 14(9), e0008684.
  2. 2) Salloum, T., Panossian, B., Bitar, I., Hrabak, J., Araj, G., & Tokajian, S. First report of plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mcr-8.1 gene from a Clinical Klebsiella pneumoniae Isolate from Lebanon. Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, 2020, 9, 94.
  3. 3) Arabaghian, H., Salloum, T., Alousi, A., Panossian, P., Araj, G., and Tokajian, S. Molecular Characterization of Carbapenem Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and Klebsiella quasipneumoniae Isolated from Lebanon. Scientific reports, 2019, 9(1), 531.

 

Dr. Walid Abi Habib

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Walid Abi Habib earned a B.S. in biology and biochemistry and an M.S. in the structures and interactions of macromolecules and functional genomics from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon. While there, he helped characterize a new strain of Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium often used as a biological pesticide, and contributed significantly to the field’s understanding of the transcriptome and proteome of the amniotic membrane in ocular pathologies. He then went on to pursue his M.S training at Université René Descartes in Paris where he worked on oligodendrocytes maturation and differentiation during central nervous system remyelination in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. He continued his scientific education by earning a Ph.D. from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, where he identified new genetic and epigenetic mechanisms related to human growth pathologies. In 2017, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Peter W. Laird at Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he worked on developing new techniques and bioinformatic tools for single cell (RNA, chromatin accessibility and DNA-methylation) sequencing in the context of stem and cancer cells. In 2019, Dr. Abi Habib joined the school of pharmacy - department of pharmaceutical sciences at the Lebanese American University as a research faculty to investigate genetic and epigenetic variations related to human diseases in the Lebanese population using next generation sequencing.

Research interest: Clinical Genetics and Epigenetics; Multi-Omics analyses, Genomic Imprinting; DNA Methylation; Cancer Stem Cells; Single Cell Sequencing; Technology Development.

Publications:

  1. Abi Habib W*, Brioude F, Azzi S, Rossignol S, Linglart A, Sobrier M.L, Giabicani E, Harbison M.D, Le Bouc Y and Netchine I*. Deciphering the clinical overlap between imprinting disorders: transcriptional profiling from patients with hypomethylation at the DLK1/MEG3 domain. Science Advances. Feb 2019. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aau9425  * Corresponding authors.
  2. Abi Habib W, Brioude F, Edouard T, Bennett JT, Lienhardt-Roussie A, Tixier F, Salem J, Yuen T, Azzi S, Le Bouc Y, Harbison MD, Netchine I. Genetic disruption of the oncogenic HMGA2–PLAG1–IGF2 pathway causes fetal growth restriction. Genetics in Medicine. 2018 Feb;20(2):250-258. doi: 10.1038/gim.2017.105
  3. Abi Habib W, Azzi S, Brioude F, Steunou V, Thibaud N, Das Neves C, Le Jule M, Chantot-Bastaraud S, Keren B, Lyonnet S, Michot C, Rossi M, Pasquier L, Gicquel C, Rossignol S, Le Bouc Y, Netchine I. Extensive investigation of the IGF2/H19 imprinting control region reveals novel OCT4/SOX2 binding site defects associated with specific methylation patterns in Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. Human Molecular Genetics. 2014 Nov 1;23(21):5763-73. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddu290

 

Dr. Wared Nour-Eldine

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Wared Nour-Eldine has obtained her Ph.D. degree in Immunology from the University of Paris Descartes- Paris in October 2017. She has a Masters degree in Immunology-Molecular Biology and Signaling, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Lebanese University. During her Ph.D., she worked on the theme of Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Cardiovascular diseases, where she specifically dissected the role of Natural Killer cells in the development/exacerbation of Atherosclerosis. Dr. Nour-Eldine did a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics-American University of Beirut, where she worked on Diabetes (Inflammation, Kallikrein kinin system, heart dysfunction). She joined the Lebanese American University in September 2019 as a postdoctoral research fellow and a part-time instructor. She is currently conducting her research in the school of medicine with the Diabetic Cardiomyopathy Cluster to characterize cAMP pathway in a model of Type II diabetes. She’s also collaborating with multiple clusters to study inflammation, toxicity, apoptosis pathways in pathologies. Her research interests and skills include but not limited to inflammation, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, immunologic reactions, and signaling.

Publications:

  1. “Genetic Depletion or Hyperresponsiveness of Natural Killer Cells do not affect Atherosclerosis Development.” Wared Nour-Eldine, Jeremie Joffre, Kazem Zibara, Andreas Giraud, Bruno Esposito, Lynda Zeboudj, José Vilar, Megumi Terada, Patrick Bruneval, Eric Vivier, Hafid AitOufella, Ziad Mallat, Sophie Ugolini, Alain Tedgui. Circulation Research. 2017;CIRCRESAHA.117.311743
  2. “A glimpse into the history of the description of the Antiphospholipid Syndrome” Wared Nour-Eldine, Hussein A. Noureldine, Batoul A. Haydar, Mariam Nour Eldine, Mohammad Hassan A. Noureldine, and Imad Uthman., Lupus,  https://doi.org/10.1177/0961203320947152.
  3. “Adiponectin Attenuates Angiotensin II-Induced Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Remodeling through Nitric Oxide and the RhoA/ROCK Pathway.” Wared Nour-Eldine, Crystal M. Ghantous, Kazem Zibara, Leila Dib, Hawraa Issaa, Hana A. Itani, Nabil El-Zein and Asad Zeidan10.3389/fphar.2016.00086

 

Dr. Wassim Shebaby

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Wassim Shebaby received his PhD degree in Cancer Cell Biology at the University of Surrey in Guildford, United Kingdom. His PhD thesis aimed at evaluating the in vitro and in vivo antioxidant, anticancer, and immunomodulatory effects of the Lebanese wild carrot, Daucus carota ssp. Carota, and elucidate the possible mechanisms of action involved. In 2014, he joined the Natural Science department at LAU as part-time faculty member where he taught several undergraduate biology courses and assisted in guiding many undergraduate students in their Senior Projects. Alongside, Dr. Shebaby was a member of interdisciplinary research team from different LAU schools (SAS, SOP and SOM) working on isolating and characterizing natural compounds from Lebanese medicinal plants and evaluating their chemical and pharmacological properties as well as exploring their mechanisms of action. During that period of time, he was able to publish more than 20 peer-reviewed articles with Q1/Q2 quartile ranks. In 2020, he was appointed as a research faculty-postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science Department under the supervision of Dr. Mohamad Mroueh. His present research work focuses on exploring the anticancer and anti-inflammatory activities of the Lebanese cannabis extract and other prominent cannabinoids, in addition to evaluating the synergistic activity of combination therapy of major cannabinoids with conventional anticancer agents using several in vitro and in vivo models.

Publications:

  1. Wassim Shebaby, Andree Elias, Mohamad Mroueh, Bilal Nehme, Nahia Dib-Jalbout, Rita Iskandar, Joey Daher, Michelle Zgheib, Pascal Ibrahim, Vanessa Dwairi, Jean Michel Saad, Robin Taleb, Costantine F Daher. 2020. Himachalol Induces Apoptosis in B16-F10 Murine Melanoma Cells and Protects against Skin Carcinogenesis. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 253: 112545
  2. Andree Elias, Wassim Shebaby, Bilal Nehme, , Joelle Hakim, Mohamad Mroueh, Costantine Daher, and Robin I. Taleb. 2019. In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of the Anticancer and Anti-inflammatory Activities of 2-Himachelen-7-ol isolated from Cedrus Libani. Scientific Reports. 9: 12855
  3. Wassim N Shebaby, Mohamad A Mroueh, Petra Boukamp, Robin I Taleb, Kikki Bodman- Smith, Mirvat El-Sibai and Costantine F Daher. 2017. Wild carrot pentane-based fractions suppress proliferation of human HaCaT keratinocytes and protect against chemically-induced skin cancer. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 17: 36

 

Dr. Zeina Harhous

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Zeina Harhous has obtained her Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Research and Physiology from Claude Bernard University - Lyon 1 in October 2019. She has a Master’s degree in Cardiovascular pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Industry, and a BS degree in Biochemistry from the Lebanese University. During her PhD, she has worked on the myocardial infarction model and the cardioprotective ischemic conditioning protocol.  She has investigated the protective mechanisms at the signaling and transcriptional level, in addition to targeting the inflammatory response. She has also worked on investigating mitochondrial functioning (Respiration, calcium retention capacity and oxidative stress) in the theme of cardioprotection. She is currently conducting her research in the school of medicine in the context of pharmacology and inflammation, with a focus on renal pathology. Her research interests and skills include cardiovascular research, cell signaling, inflammation, mitochondrial functioning/bioenergetics, animal experimentation and pharmacology.

Publications:

  1. Critical Appraisal of STAT3 Pattern in Adult Cardiomyocytes. Zeina Harhous, Sally Badawi, Noelle Gallo Bona, Bruno Pillot, Lionel Augeul, Melanie Paillard, George W. Booz, Emmanuelle Canet-Soulas, Michel Ovize, Mazen Kurdi**, Gabriel Bidaux*. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 131 (2019) 91–100
  1. An Update on the Multifaceted Roles of STAT3 in the Heart Zeina Harhous, George Booz, Michel Ovize, Gabriel Bidaux, Mazen Kurdi./ Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine 6 (2019) page 150
  1. A Dynamic Transcriptional Analysis Reveals IL-6 Axis as a Prominent Mediator of Surgical Acute Response in Non-ischemic Mouse Heart. Sally Badawi, Alexandre Paccalet, Zeina Harhous, Bruno Pillot, Lionel Augeul, Fabien Van Coppenolle, Joel Lachuer, Mazen Kurdi, Claire Crola da Silva, Michel Ovize and Gabriel Bidaux*. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine 10 (2019) page 1370