Abdul B. Abou-Samra has an M.D. degree from Aleppo, Syria, in 1979, and a Ph.D. degree from Lyon, France, in 1983. He is board-certified in internal medicine and in endocrinology. He is a physician scientist leading research in basic and clinical sciences. He spent 5 years in Lyon I University, France, where he studied the regulation of ACTH/LPH/Endorphin in vivo and in vitro; he continued this research at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Md, USA, for 2 more years. He then joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital where he spent 21 years. During this time, he contributed to the molecular cloning and the characterization of the complementary DNA and the gene encoding the parathyroid hormone receptor from human, rat, mouse, and opossum species and studied its regulation in vitro and in transgenic animal models. In 2007, Dr. Abou-Samra joined the Wayne State University School of Medicine as a Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases and the Director of the fellowship program. Dr. Abou-Samra is currently a Professor of internal medicine, physiology, and molecular medicine and genetics. He received multiple recognitions for his scientific contributions to the field of endocrinology. Dr. Abou-Samra received multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health during his carrier that total over 10 million dollars. He is currently leading multiple research projects including a project directed at understanding how the receptors of parathyroid hormone influence bone formation and in the characterization of novel parathyroid hormone analogues, which selectively increase bone formation.
Biography Updated on 13 February 2012