Faculty members in the Faculty of Health Sciences are presently engaged in research in various fields that include Applied Toxicology, DNA technologies, Forensic Science, Optics and Optometry and Radiologic Sciences.
Research in this field encompasses occupational, neonatal and forensic toxicology and entails testing for toxicants in the Lebanese population related to new born toxicity, occupational toxicity in gas station workers and famers, development of novel testing methodologies for vitamins and metabolites such as vitamin D, method development for food testing and pharmaceutical quality control.
Research in this area includes molecular diagnosis of genetic diseases such as cancer, immune systems disorder, familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) and Keratoconus. It also includes the detection and quantification of GMO in food, feed and seeds.
The FHS has established itself as a power house for research in human genetics related to human identification. Research discoveries have led to the evolvement of specialized DNA tests for human identification and paternity testing in societies with high consanguinity rates.
The department initiated interdisciplinary research to investigate low vision problems in addition to diagnosis to refractory diseases including Keratoconus in collaboration with the DNA technologies groups.
Joanne Nassar, OD
The Radiologic Sciences research unit is concerned with advancing technologies in the field in collaboration with major hospitals and radio-diagnostic centers in Lebanon and Europe.