Rabih Talhouk received a Ph.D. degree in lactation physiology in 1988 from Ohio State University, Ohio, USA and then held a joint Postdoc appointment up to 1992 in the Division of Cell and Molecular Biology, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, and the Laboratory of Radiobiology and Environmental Health, University of California, San Francisco. Since 1993, he has been a faculty member at the Biology Department in the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. He has served AUB as Chair of the Biology Department, and has held leadership positions on university committees. He is currently Professor of cell and molecular biology, and Chairperson of the University Graduate Council. Work in his laboratory focuses on two main lines of research. The first has to do with deciphering the mechanisms, at the molecular level, that regulate the interaction of the cell with its microenvironment. For that, different mammary cell culture models are used. The role of the gap junctions, connexins, and their associated proteins, in regulating mammary growth, development and mammary epithelial cell differentiation and transformation is investigated. The second line of research investigates the anti-inflammatory bioactivities claimed to be found in Lebanese indigenous plants commonly used in folk medicine. An endotoxin-treated mammary cell culture model that mimics inflammation and in vivo animal models are used for that purpose.
Biography Updated on 30 July 2012