Roula Abdel-Massih received her Ph.D. degree in biological sciences with the thesis entitled “In vitro biosynthesis of 1,4-beta-galactan attached to a pectin-xyloglucan complex in peas” from the Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Glasgow, UK, in 2001. Currently, she works as an Associate Professor at the University of Balamand (UOB), Lebanon. Her primary research focus is on the structural characterization of plant cell wall complex carbohydrates and the identification of biologically active plant components. During her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees projects, she studied the properties of nascent pectins and xyloglucans formed in the Golgi apparatus of pea stem cells. During this work, she gained experience in the analysis of cell-wall polysaccharides and estimation of their molecular weight by gel permeation chromatography and enzymology. Her current research concentrates on studying genotoxicity in hospital wastewater and on the biological activity of different Lebanese plant extracts: antimicrobial and antimutagenic activity and antioxidant and antiproliferative activity.
Biography Updated on 30 December 2013