Hala U. Gali-Muhtasib

American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Hala U. Gali-Muhtasib was born in Accra, Ghana in 1962. She received her M.S. degree in biology from the American University of Beirut in 1985 and Ph.D. degree from Kansas State University in 1990. She was then awarded two postdoctoral fellowships from the Anticancer Drug Laboratory in Manhattan, KS, USA and from Case Western Reserve University in CLeveland, OH, USA. In 1994, she joined the American University of Beirut, Lebanon as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 2003. From 2006–2009, she was the Chair of the Biology Department at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Gali-Muhtasib received three research awards for her contributions to cancer research using plant-derived products: the Suad al-Sabbah prize in 2003, the Abdul Hameed Shoman prize for Young Arab Researchers in 2004, and the ISESCO Science Prize in 2008. She is the Managing Editor of a special issue of Frontiers in Bioscience. Her research interests range from the fields of cancer chemotherapy and cancer prevention to identifying potential “targets” for prevention and therapy. Her laboratory is focused on translational research which includes understanding the mechanisms of action of anticancer drugs and cancer chemoprevention agents. Her current research interests include search for new plant-derived compounds using bioassay-guided fractionation, development of new bioassays, and discovery of new and more effective hypoxia-selective cytotoxins and radiosensitizers.

Biography Updated on 10 January 2011

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