Ghassan M. Matar

American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Ghassan M. Matar works as a Professor in the Department of Experimental Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine, AUB, Beirut, Lebanon. He received his Ph.D. degree in basic medical sciences (microbiology) from AUB and was a Postdoctoral Fellow (Fulbright) at the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and Emory University in Atlanta, Ga, USA. He was then appointed as a Research Microbiologist at the Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, CDC. Professor Matar also serves as an academic advisor to 34 graduate students. In addition, he serves on Faculty of Medicine (FM) and University wide committees at AUB. These include the Graduate Studies Committee, Ph.D. Committee, Research Committee, University Research Board, University Library Committee, Senate, and others. He also works as a Resource Advisor in WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Agents (AGISAR). Professor Matar’s Laboratory is a PulseNet Laboratory certified by CDC/NAMRU3. Professor Matar is active in research, having published around 80 articles in reputable refereed international journals and presented 109 papers in international, regional, and local conferences. His research interests include, but not limited to, the following areas: molecular mechanisms of resistance to antimicrobial agents in pathogenic bacteria, genetic basis of biofilm production in P. aeruginosa isolated from patients with nosocomial infections, expression levels of virulence factors produced by pathogenic bacterial agents in relation to disease production, and molecular epidemiology of foodborne diseases and nosocomial infections. Professor Matar has received intramural funding from the Medical Practice Plan and University Research Board, AUB; as well as extramural funding from CNSR, CDC, U.S. DOD, WHO/AGISAR, PulseNet (CDC, WHO, MOPH) and Sanofi-Aventis, SAL, and Liban.

Biography Updated on 2 November 2012

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