Nadine Darwiche was born in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1994, she received her Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the George Washington University in Washington DC, USA. Through 1990–1997, she was the recipient of several predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md, USA. In 1998, she joined the American University of Beirut in Lebanon where currently she is a Professor in the Biology Department. Her research focuses on cancer chemoprevention and treatment using naturally occurring retinoids and synthetic retinoid analogs. She is also interested in characterizing antitumor activities of indigenous Middle Eastern plants, in particular the sesquiterpene lactones family of plant secondary metabolites. She relies on in vitro and/or in vivo models of epidermal squamous cell carcinogenesis and human adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma to study the role of retinoids and their receptors in tumorigenesis and the epigenetic mechanisms of plant-derived anticancer drugs. She is the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award at the American University of Beirut and of several research and scholar awards from the Arab Science and Technology Foundation (United Arab Emirates), the Arab Fund Fellowship Program for Social and Economic Development (Kuwait), and the Suad Al-Sabbah Award (Kuwait).
Biography Updated on 27 January 2011