Dr. Louna Karam

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Arts & Sciences – Natural Sciences

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.


  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)