Trained in cellular, molecular, and developmental biology, with 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 cognitive neuroscience. I am specifically interested in utilizing my expertise in molecular neuroscience to better understand the mechanisms associated with learning and creativity.
As Vice President for Research & Innovation at the Modern University for Business & Science (MUBS, Beirut, Lebanon), I am overseeing the development of new partnerships and collaborations that allow our students and faculty to become active contributors to the latest discoveries in research and technology. Heading the Research Office at the University, we were able to establish the pioneering Virtual Exchange Program in collaboration with Stanford University to connect students and scholars across cultures, furthering their knowledge, and overcoming negative stereotypes about each others’ cultures and circumstances.
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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)