American University of Beirut

Lab of Dr. Julnar Usta

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​​​​Research Area

  • Metabolic Inherited disorders: Wilson Disease, phenotype-Genotype
  • Mitochondriotoxins: Effects of environmental , Food additives, cosmetic chemicals on Cellular Bioenergetics
  • ​Herbal Medicine : Natural products as potential source of remedies including anti-cancerous​

Selected Publication

Wilson disease in Lebanon and regional countries: Homozygosity and hepatic phenotype predominance
Kassem Barada, Aline El Haddad, Meghri Katerji, Mustapha Jomaa and Julnar Usta
World Journal of Gastroenterology, 23(36):6715-6725, 2017

Chemosensitivity of U251cells to the co-treatment of D-penicillamine and copper: Possible implication on Wilson disease patients.
Katerji M., Barada K., Joumaa M., Kobeissy F., Makkawi A-k., Abou-Kheir W., Usta J
Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience 2017 Jan31;10:10

Understanding the Phenotypic Similarities between IFAP and Olmsted syndrome from a molecular Perspective: The Interaction of MBTPS2 and TRPV3
Georges Nemer, Rémi Safi, Firas Kreidieh, Julnar Usta, Christina Bergqvist, Farah Ballout, Waed Btadini, Nour Hamzeh, Ossama Abbas, Abdul Ghani Kibbi, Yutaka Shimomura, Mazen Kurban
Archives of Dermatological Research,309(8):637-643, 2017

Chemosensitivity of MC7 cells to eugenol : release of cytochrome c and Lactate dehydrogenase
Al Wafai R., El-Rabih W., Safi R., El Sabban M., Katerji M., El-Rifai O., Usta J.
Scientific Reports, 2017 Mar 8;7:43730

Phytochemical study and the antiproliferative activity of inula vulgaris species grown in Lebanon
Assi M., Usta J., Mounimne Y., Aboul-Ela M., and El Lakany A
​International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Volume 9 issue 8 2017

Research Grants

​​​Tit​l​e: Colorectal Cancer cell metabolism: Pentose Phosphate Pathway and Effect of Retinoids 
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Source: New Collaborative research between FM investigators
Year: 2015 - 2016
​​​​Tit​l​e: Will Copper Chelators Lead to Iron Overload in liver Secondary to ReducedCeruloplamin Ferroxidase Activity:  Clinical relevance to Wilson Disease Patients.​
Role: Principal Investigator
Source:MPP and URB ​
Year: 2012-2014


Fulbright scholarship, University of Duke, Durham, North Carolina
​Award of Honor, Teacher of the year. SRC Medicine A.U.B.  
​Royal Society of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Dept of Chemistry
Research awards,  University of Warwick, Dept of Chemistry​

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