Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Faculty and Staff 



Part-Time Faculty Staff

Faculty Members


Mohamad Abiad, Assistant Professor (link to CV)

Specialization: Food Processing and Packaging

Research interests

    • Food packaging design and development for traditional and local foods
    • Functional membranes and new material for food packaging applications
    • Rheology of polymers, foods and biomaterials
    • Climate change and the agro-food industry
    • Biodegradation and recycling of agro-food wastes and food processing byproducts
    • Consumer research on safe foods

Email: Extension: 4412 Room: 309
Office Hours: TH 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Nahla Hwalla, Dean of FAFS & Professor (link to CV)

Specialization: Human Nutrition

Research interests:

    • Epidemiology of obesity
    • Appetite hormones and diet composition
    • Nutrition strategic planning nationally and internationally

Email: Extension: 4400

Ioannis N. Savvaidis, Professor  (link to CV)

Specialization: Food Microbiology 

Research interests:

  • Quality and shelf life evaluation of traditional food products
  • National antimicrobial emerging technology for shelf life extension of food
  • Survival and safety of food pathogens in meet products, traditional food, and ready to eat food 

Email: Extension: 4456 Room: 317
Office Hours: T & TH 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Lamis Jomaa, Assistant Professor(link to CV)

Specialization: Nutritional Sciences

Research interests:

  • Prevention of Childhood Obesity
  • Nutritional and health status of under five children
  • Nutritional and health status of youth and university students
  • Food security of Lebanese Households

Email: Extension: 4544 Room: 405
Office Hours: MW 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
T 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Farah Naja, Assistant Professor (link to CV)  

Specialization: Nutritional Sciences

Research interests

    • Investigation of the role of various dietary factors in the etiology of chronic diseases
    • Assessment of dietary patterns as a new method to evaluate diet-disease association
    • Assessment of prevalence and determinants of use of complementary and alternative medicine

 Email:  Extension: 4504  Room: 407
 Office Hours:  H 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
F 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lara Nasreddine, Chairperson & Associate Professor (link to CV)  

Specialization: Nutrition and Food Toxicology

Research interests:

    • Paediatric obesity: prevalence, determinants and association with cardio-metabolic risk factors
    • Body composition assessment in children and adolescents
    • Assessment and characterization of food consumption patterns
    • Evaluation of the population’s dietary exposure to xenobiotic substances including heavy metals and pesticide residues

 Email:  Extension: 4547 Room:  413
  Office Hours: MW  09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Omar Obeid, Professor (link to CV)  

Specialization: Human Nutrition and Metabolism

Research interests:

    • Hepatic metabolism and food intake control.
    • Hormonal regulation of appetite
    • Diet and meal pattern
    • Micronutrients in health and disease

 Email:  Extension: 4440  Room:  409
 Office Hours:  MWF  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ammar Olabi, Associate Professor (link to CV)

Specialization: Sensory Evaluation and Product Development

Research interests

    • Food acceptability and its influencing factors
    • Sensory methodology
    • Sensory evaluation of dairy products
    • The role of hedonics in obesity research

Email: Extension: 4500 Room: 315
Office Hours: TWH 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Imad Toufeili, Professor (link to CV) 

Specialization: Food Chemistry

Research interests

    • Food analysis
    • Traditional foods indigenous to the Middle East
    • Consumer Behavior

 Email:  Extension: 4551  Room:  301
 Office Hours: MWF  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Mari-Claire Chamieh, Lecturer

Specialization: Nutritional Sciences

 Email:  Extension: 4484  Room:  415
 Office Hours:  MW 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dima El-Halabi, Full-time Instructor

Email: Extension: 4584 Room: 416
Office Hours: TH 01:00 PM - 2:00 PM
F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Yara Gholmie, Full-time Instructor(link to CV)

Specialization: Pediatric Dietetics

Research interests

    • Food Allergies
    • Feeding difficulties (i.e. picky, fussy eating) in infants and children 

Email: Extension: 4585 Room: 416
Office Hours: W 03:00 PM - 4:30 PM
TH 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Basma Hamadeh, Full-time Instructor  

Specialization: Food Analysis & Food Processing

 Email:  Extension: 4550 Room:  418
 Office Hours:  TW  09:00 AM - 10:30 AM



Part-Time Faculty


Hamza Daroub, Instructor


Extension: 4512


Pascale Karam, Lecturer

Extension: 5516/7950

Carla Habib Mourad, Lecturer 

Extension: 4552

Jamila Bourjac Natour, Lecturer


Abir Noureddine, Instructor 

Extension: 6225/6431

Hani Tamim, Lecturer






Samson Atamian, Pilot Plant Supervisor

Email: Extension: 4592 Room:103 (Pilot Plant)


Tania Ghannam, Secretary

Email: Extension: 4540 Room:422

Batoul Zaiter, Departmental Research Assistant

Extension: 4554

Ghada Ziadeh, Departmental Research Assistant

Extension: 4558


Samir Touma, Senior Technician

Email: Extension: 4591 Room:601

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