Dr. Walid Abi Habib

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Medicine

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 Interests

  • Clinical Genetics and Epigenetics
  • Multi-Omics analyses
  • Genomic Imprinting
  • DNA Methylation
  • Cancer Stem Cells
  • Single Cell Sequencing
  • Technology Development