Welcome to the home page of the Department of Experimental Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine in the American University of Beirut. On behalf of the faculty members, staff, research assistants, graduate students, and the trainees of the Department, I invite you to browse the contents of its webpages and learn more about its vibrant scientific community and its diverse endeavors in both teaching and research.
Experimental Pathology is the investigation of disease mechanisms via examining organs, tissues and cells, among other samples, utilizing both molecular and microscopy-associated methods. On the other hand, Microbiology is the discipline of studying microorganisms encompassing bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi, in addition to prions, while Immunology is the branch of science dedicated to studying the biological components of a subject’s defense system against harmful microorganisms, cells and toxins among other entities. These three disciplines are heavily intertwined in the scientific questions they seek answers for and the methodologies applied in their scholarly work. Hence, the Department is invested in the evolution of these sciences via teaching and research within these fields. The Department offers both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology and Immunology under the umbrella of the Biomedical Sciences graduate program. Moreover, we are involved in teaching facets of these disciplines to medical students, nursing students and medical laboratory sciences students in addition to training both medical students and post-doctoral researchers.
The scope of research undertaken by the faculty members of the Department is broad and reflects their commitment to collaborative and translational efforts that tackle, in innovative manners, pertinent issues in health and disease. It encompasses immune system responses to bacterial endotoxin, cancer immunotherapy, genetics and mechanisms of bacterial resistance, immune responses to viral DNA, genetic and environmental associations with autoimmune diseases, genetics and epidemiology of respiratory and gastroenteric viruses, virus-host interactions, the use of Drosophila melanogaster as a cancer model, and host responses to Toxoplasma gondii among other research ventures. Recently, the Department moved to its new home in the newly renovated Diana Tamari Sabbagh building, which will allow the faculty and trainees to benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies to enhance their scholarly work.
Again, welcome to webpages of the Department of Experimental Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology and I hope you find them informative about the Department’s activities and enticing to seek opportunities of interaction, knowledge, and collaborations to fulfil the mission of AUB by advancing scientific pursuit and academic excellence.
Ghazi Zaatari, MD
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Interim Chair of The Department of Experimental Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology