Ongoing Research Projects

  • ​​​Dr. ​​Kamal F Badr​: investigating the drivers of cardiovascular disease in the Lebanese population through cohorts of patients admitted with CV events at AUBMC and other hospitals and care centers in Lebanon. Investigating the potential role of podocyturia as a predictor of CVD.


  • Dr. Hazem Assi:
    • Outcomes of Patients with Pulmonary Carcinoid 
      TumOutcomes of Lebanese Patients with Advanced Malignancies Treated with Immunotherapyors: a Single Institution Experience
    • Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis in Solid Tumors: Outcomes and Prognostic Factors 
    • Efficacy of Pazopanib as a Second- or Third-line Treatment for Soft Tissue Sarcoma at a Tertiary Cancer Center in Lebanon
    • Outcomes of Lebanese Patients with Advanced Malignancies Treated with Nivolumab
    • Malignant and borderline phyllodes tumor of breast treated with a multi-modality approach in a tertiary cancer care centre: Prognostic analysis and Literature Review
    • Prognostic Significance of single progesterone receptor positivity in early breast cancer patients treated at American University of Beirut Medical Center
    • Demographics and clinical evaluation of Gliosarcoma Patients Treated at a Tertiary-Care Center in the Middle East
    • Correlation Of O6-methylguanine Methyltransferase (MGMT) Promoter Methylation and Isocitrate Dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) mutation With Clinical Outcomes In Patients With Glioblastoma in the Middle East: A Retrospective Cohort Study
    • Diagnostic Performance of FDG-PET/CT scan in comparison with US_guided FNA in the diagnosis of ALN in Lebanese Breast Cancer Patients
    • Fertility after Breast Cancer: a cross-sectional study in women of reproductive age following breast cancer treatment.
    • Incidence and Survival Outcomes of Sarcoma Subtypes in the Lebanese Population
    • Demographics and Outcome of Meningioma Patients Treated at a Tertiary Care Center in the Middle East
    • Availability, Rate of Usage, and Impact of Commercialized Genomic Tests on Adjuvant Treatment Decisions in Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients in Lebanon
    • Outcomes of Lebanese Patients with Advanced Malignancies Treated with Immunotherapy
    • Correlation of genetic alterations by whole-exome sequencing with clinical outcomes of glioblastoma patients : a retrospective cohort study
    • Epidemiology, Prognosis, and Outcomes of Schwannoma patients; a Single Institution Experience using Two Different Surgical Techniques


  • Dr. Hiba El Hajj:
    • Molecular understanding of acute/chronic toxoplasmosis and design of potential vaccines/new immuno-therapies against Toxoplasma gondii infection. 
    • Efficacy of immuno-therapy against Cutaneous leishmaniasis 
    • Understanding of the biology of Nucleophosmin-1 mutation oncoprotein in the development of Acute Myeloid leukemia
    • Targeted therapies triggering oncoprotein degradation, and their potential beneficial effect on Leukemia cure using two models: Acute Myeloid Leukemia with a specific attention to nucleophosmin-1 and Adult T Cell Leukemia with a specific attention to the viral oncoprotein Tax


  • Dr. Zeina Kanafani:
    • Molecular and clinical epidemiology of Infections caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates and potential for developing quinolone resistance
    • Clinical manifestations, characteristics, and outcome of infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus at AUBMC 
    • Carbapenem use at a tertiary care center in Lebanon: indications, efficacy, adverse events, and cost-effectiveness of ertapenem compared to imipenem and meropenem 
    • Infections following Cesarean section at the American University of Beirut Medical Center 
    • Implanted Vascular Access Device (IVAD) infections at the American University of Beirut Medical Center


  • Dr. Imad Uthman:
    • Register of Ankylosing Spondylitis patients treated with biologics: Prospective Surveillance for efficacy and adverse events. 
    • Register of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients treated with biologics: Prospective Surveillance for efficacy and adverse events. 
    • The use of infliximab in chronic inflammatory diseases- Experience at a tertiary center in Lebanon. 
    • Trends in Lupus Nephritis
    • Patients with axial spondyloarthritis: Multi-country Registry of clinical charcteristics, including radiographic progression, and burden of disease over 5 years in real-life setting.


  • Dr. Jean El Cheikh:
    • The association between pulmonary function test and outcomes of bone marrow transplantation
    • Factors affecting mobilization  in Auto stem cell transplantation patients after Mozobil (plerixafor injection)
    • The role of Geographical distance of bone marrow transplant center in the outcomes of bone marrow transplant
    • Autologous Hematopoietic Stem cell transplantation for Multiple Myeloma: AUBMC experience.
    • Changes in immune profile and impact of genetic mutations on outcome of Multiple Myeloma (MM) patients treated with the combination of a proteasome inhibitor and Imids before and/or after Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation.
    • Changes in Migraine (and other headache types) behavior after Bone marrow transplantation
    • Characteristics of hematopietic proliferations at AUBMC.
    • Acute leukemia AUBMC experience​