Research Network

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. 


  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.