Dr. Zeina Harhous

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Medicine

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.


  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