Dr. Charbel Al Khoury

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Arts & Sciences – Natural Sciences

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.