Trained in cellular, molecular and developmental biology, with special emphasis on neuroscience research and the study of neurodegenerative diseases like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Frontotemporal Dementia. My work as a postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN with Dr. J Paul Taylor allowed me to combine in vivo and in vitro models, live cell confocal microscopy, induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology, and molecular genetics research to help elucidate the molecular basis for neuronal dysfunction, and attempt to decrease morbidity and mortality associated with neurological disease.
After St. Jude, I moved to Stanford University, expanding my research into the study of neuroplasticity, education and the role of motivation in resilience and achievement. I am specifically interested in investigating the growth mindset, and is utilizing my expertise in molecular neuroscience to better understand the mechanisms associated with learning and brain development.
As Vice President for Research and Innovation at the Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS, Beirut, Lebanon), I am overseeing the development of new partnerships and collaborations that would allow our students and faculty to become active contributors to the latest discoveries in research and technology.
Ph.D. (MCDB, Molecular Neuroscience, The Ohio State University)
M.A. (Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies, Stanford University)
M.Sc. (Biology, American University of Beirut)