American University of Beirut

AUB Faculty Member joins the External Advisory Board for the Center for Emerging and Infectious Disease, Wayne State University

​​Dr. Nada Melhem, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB), has been invited to join the External Advisory Board for Wayne State University’s new Center for Emerging and Infectious Diseases (CEID). The mission of the CEID is to develop, evaluate and implement effective countermeasures against existing and emerging infectious disease threats. The CEID conducts basic, clinical, and applied research to accelerate development and introduction of vaccines and related interventions to control emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases affecting populations locally, nationally and internationally. 

Melhem is currently the Director of the Division of Health Professions and the Chair of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at FHS-AUB. With a unique background and training in virology, immunology and epidemiology, Melhem developed a transdisciplinary and translational research program focusing on viral immunopathogenesis and the epidemiology of viruses, and their impact on global human health. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Melhem’ s research group has been focusing on answering questions around the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 and immune responses following infection and their link to severity as well as long-term effects of COVID-19.

In addition to a track-record of productive research work and publications, Melhem has an impressive professional service record. She is an elected council member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases and serves on the WHO SARS-CoV-2 Evolution Technical Advisory Group. She is also a member of the National Committee for Communicable Diseases since 2009 serving as a scientific advisor to the Minister of Public Health and the Director General of the Ministry in Lebanon. Melhem is also a member of the International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN), a global network of pathogen genomic actors of the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, Melhem served as a member of the National COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee in Lebanon, as well as the WHO COVID-19 Epidemiology Technical Advisory Group, and was the representative of Low-Resource Settings on Rapid Evidence Assessment of Drug Candidates of the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition. Melhem has also been selected since 2022 to be the National Polio Containment Coordinator. 

On joining the CEID, Melhem noted, “I look forward to serving on the WSU CEID external advisory board. This function will give me the opportunity to contribute towards including LMICs’ research and service strategic goals and priorities to uphold national, regional and international health security. The CEID is an opportunity to position our infectious diseases research activities internationally and to advocate for innovative collaborative evidence-based approaches—the basis for a prepared and strong public health infrastructure to support the fight against emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.”

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