American Univesity of Beirut

AUB University Libraries welcome new Head for Saab Medical Library

​ The University Libraries are happy to announce that Dr. Ola El-Zein has joined the Library team as Head of Saab Medical Library (SML). 

Dr. El-Zein holds a PhD degree in Cell and Molecular Biology with emphasis on Molecular Physiology and Cell Signaling from AUB (’13). She also holds an MS in Biology (’09) with emphasis on Cell Biology, and a BS in Biology, all three with distinction from AUB. 

In November of 2012, Dr. El-Zein received the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS-L) PhD Award. She serves as a board member of the Arab World Association of Young Scientists and was recently nominated as a member of the organizing committee for the World Science Forum-2019.

Dr. El-Zein joins us with extensive teaching experience as a lecturer, instructor and mentor at AUB and at the American University of Science and Technology since 2007. She has been in charge of several research initiatives and projects and has participated in several international conferences and workshops. She has published several research papers in prominent academic journals. 

When asked about her new position at the University Libraries, Dr. El-Zein said “I am very glad to join the AUB community as the Head of Saab Medical Library. I believe that there is a need to support medical research and improve the quality of health information, knowledge and research evidence to strengthen health systems. I hope to form a multidisciplinary working group that generates reliable, high quality and user-friendly information at all levels of the health system because proper health is a human right. I am looking forward to using all my experience in this position to help in better informing and empowering everyone- be it a physician, nurse, health practitioner or the public- of the evidence-based information to be able to make the right decisions regarding their health and hopefully in saving patients’ lives.

We couldn’t be happier to have Dr. El Zein join our team”, said Dr. Lokman Meho, the University Librarian. “Dr. El Zein comes to us with extensive knowledge and experience that will be of great help and value to our students and faculty. We look forward to working with her in leading and advancing SML and its services.” 

To contact Dr. El Zein, please e-mail her at ​or call extension 5911. 

  • Ola El-Zein, JulnarUsta, and Sawsan Ibrahim Kreydiyyeh. The appearance of a leptin effect on glucose absorption in Caco-2 cells depends on their differentiation level. Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry. 2015; 37(2):491-500. 
  • Ola El-Zein, JulnarUsta, Layla El Moussawi, and Sawsan Ibrahim Kreydiyyeh. Leptin inhibits the Na+/K+ ATPase in Caco-2 cellsvia PKC and p38MAPK. Cellular Signalling. 2015 Mar; 27(3):416-423 
  • Ola El-Zein and Sawsan Ibrahim Kreydiyyeh. Leptin inhibits glucose intestinal absorption via PKC, p38MAPK, PI3K and MEK/ERK. PLoS One. 2013 Dec; 8(12):e83360 
  • Hwaida Jaber, Elias Baydoun, Ola El-Zein, Sawsan Ibrahim Kreydiyyeh. Anti-hyperglycemic effect of the aqueous extract of bananainfructescence stalks in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Plant Foods For Human Nutrition.2013 Mar; 68(1):83-9 
  • Ola El-Zein and Sawsan Ibrahim Kreydiyyeh. Effect and mechanism of action of mucosal leptin on glucose absorption and Na+/K+ ATPase in Caco-2 cells.FASEB J. 2012 Mar; 26:1128.1 
  • Ola El-Zein and Sawsan Ibrahim Kreydiyyeh. Pine bark extract inhibits glucose transport in enterocytes via mitogen-activated kinase and phosphoinositol 3-kinase. Nutrition. 2011 Jun; 27(6):707-12 
  • Ola El-Zein and Sawsan Ibrahim Kreydiyyeh. Effect and mechanism of action of pine bark extract on glucose uptake by Caco-2 cells.FASEB J. 2010 April; 24:528.2 
  • Ari Kassardjian, ZeinaDakroub, Ola El Zein and Sawsan Ibrahim Kreydiyyeh. Signaling pathway underlying the up-regulatory effect of TNF-α​ on the Na+/K+ ATPase in HepG2 Cells.Cytokine. 2010 Mar; 49 (3):312-8 

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