American University of Beirut

Lab of Dr. Elias Rahal

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rese​arch Area

Effects of Viral DNA on Host​

Research P​rojects

  • Herpesvirus DNA and autommunity
  • Immunostimulatory properties of Herpesvirus DNA
  • Cellular receptors in the immune responses to Herpesvirus DNA​

Selected Publications

Epstein-Barr Virus DNA Enhances Diptericin Expression and Increases Hemocyte Numbers in Drosophila melanogaster via the Immune Deficiency Pathway
Sherri N, Salloum N, Mouawad C, Haidar-Ahmad N, Shirinian M, Rahal EA
Frontiers in microbiology, 2018, vol.9, pp-1268

Epstein-Barr virus DNA modulates regulatory T-cell programming in addition to enhancing interleukin-17A production via Toll-like receptor 9
Salloum N, Hussein HM, Jammaz R, Jiche S, Uthman IW, Abdelnoor AM, Rahal EA
PloS one, 2018,  vol.13, no.7, pp-e0200546

The Effect of HLA, IL2RA And IL7RA Alleles on the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis in HHV-6 Infected and Uninfected Subjects
Rahal EA, Fayad L, Jaber Df, Kherlopian A, Yamout B, Abdelnoor A.M.
Research in Immunology: an International Journal. 2014, vol.2014, pp-1-7

Polymorphisms in Interleukin-2 and Interleukin-7 Receptor α-Chain Genes and Human Herpes Virus-6 as Risk Factors for Multiple Sclerosis
Fayad L, Kherlopian A, Abdelnoor A.M., Yamout B, Rahal EA
British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research. 2014, vol.4, pp-468-480

Decrease in Shiga Toxin Expression Using a Minimal Inhibitory Concentration of Rifampicin Followed by Bactericidal Gentamicin Treatment Enhances Survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7-Infected BALB/c Mice.​
Rahal EA, Kazzi N, Sabra A, Abdelnoor AM, Matar GM
Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials. 2011, vol.10, pp-34​

Research Grants

Title:Cancer Immunotherapy
Role:Co-Principal Investigator
Year:2018 - 2020
​​​​​​​Tit​l​e:Cellular receptors in the IL-17 response to EBV DNA
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: AUB-Medical Practice Plan
Year: 2017 ​– 2020​
Tit​l​e:Toll-like receptors and EBV
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research
Year: 2016​ – 2019​

Title:EBV DNA modulation of pro-autoimmune mediators
Role:Principal Investigator
Year:2014 - Present
​​​​​​​​​Tit​l​e:Treatment of toxin producing E. coli infections
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Source: AUBMC-Medical Practice Plan 
Year: 2012 - 2014​​
Tit​l​e:Multiple sclerosis risk factors
Role: Co-investigator
Source: Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research​
Year: 2012 - 2014
Tit​l​e:Statins as antimicrobial agents
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research​
Year: 2011 - 2013
​​​​​Tit​l​e:ATM and Cancer
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: AUB-University Research Board 
Year: 2011 – 2012
Tit​l​e:Herepesviridae and Transplantation
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research​
Year: 2010 - 2011


​​Thesis Projects​ (​Last 5 Years)

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