Assist.Prof. Bilal Azakir

Assist.Prof. Bilal Azakir
Faculty: Medicine Department: Basic Medical SciencesPosition: Assistant Prof. of BiochemistryOffice Number: 424Phone: 01300110Ext: 2659E-mail: b.azakir@bau.edu.lb

Biography

Dr.Bilal Azakir is an Assistant Professor of Medical Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine, Beirut Arab University. He completed his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Montreal in 2008 and moved to Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University, Canada and later to University Hospital of Basel in Switzerland, where his research focused on the development of treatment strategies for muscular dystrophies for which he received funds from many international organizations. During this period, Bilal participated in teaching basic sciences and monitoring research projects for students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is actively responsible of teaching Medical Biochemistry to medical students and pursuing medical research throughout all of medical student and training (medical school, residency training, and continuing medical education) at Beirut Arab University.(Dr Bilal Azakir's CV)

Teaching

Assistant Professor  Medical Biochemistry2014-Present
Faculty of Medicine ,Beirut Arab University , Beirut , Lebanon
Senior researcher 2009-2014
Subject: Development of treatment strategies for neuromuscular disorders
Neuromuscular Research centre, University hospital Basel
Postdoctoral Fellow2008-2009
Subject: Biochemical identification of dysferlin binding partners.
Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Prof. Dr. Michael  Sinnreich

2015-16 courses

Fall 2015/2016:
FABL201 Fabrics of life
COHD203 Concept of Health and Disease
NESC303 Neurosciences2
CARD205 Cardiovascular System

Spring 2015/2016:
GITN206 GIT Nutrition
LOCM202 Locomotor System 1
LOCM204 Locomotor System 2
RENR208 Endocrine and Reproduction 1
REPG306 Research Project
USRP301 Urinary System & reproduction
REPS207 Respiratory System

2016-17 courses

Fall 2016/2017:
FABL201 Fabrics of life
COHD203 Concept of Health and Disease
NESC303 Neurosciences2
CARD205 Cardiovascular System

Spring 2016/2017:
GITN206 GIT Nutrition
LOCM202 Locomotor System 1
LOCM204 Locomotor System 2
RENR208 Endocrine and Reproduction 1
REPG306 Research Project
USRP301 Urinary System & reproduction
REPS207 Respiratory System

Research

-Azakir BA, Erne B, Di Fulvio S., Stirnimann G, Sinnreich M. Proteasome inhibitors increase misense mutated dysferlin in pateitns with muscular dystrophy. Science Transl Med 6, 250ra112, 2014
-Azakir BA, Di Fulvio S, Salomon S, Brockhoff M, Therrien C, Sinnreich M.Modular dispensability of dysferlin's C2 domains reveals rational design for mini-dysferlin molecules. J Biol Chem. 2012.
Di Fulvio S, Azakir BA, Therrien C and Sinnreich M. Dysferlin Interacts with Histone Deacetylase 6 and Increases alpha-Tubulin Acetylation, PLoS One, 2011; 6(12): e28563
-Azakir BA, Di Fulvio S, Kinter J and Sinnreich M. Proteasomal inhibition restores biological function of mis-sense mutated dysferlin. J Biol Chem. 2012 Mar 23; 287 (13):10344-54.
-Azakir B.A, Di Fulvio,S, Therrien C, Sinnreich M. Dysferlin interacts with tubulin and microtubules in mouse skeletal muscle, 2010, PLoS One, Volume 5, Issue 4 .
-Azakir B.A, Desrochers G., Angers A. The ubiquitin ligase Itch mediates the antiapoptotic activity of EGF by promoting tBid ubiquitylation and degradation, 2010, FEBS Journal 277 1319–1330.
-Azakir B.A, Angers A. Reciprocal regulation of the ubiquitin ligase Itch and the epidermal growth factor receptor signalling, Cell Signal. 2009 Aug; 21(8):1326-36.
-Rania Mouchantaf†, Bilal A. Azakir†, Peter S. McPherson, Susan M. Millard, Stephen A. Wood, Annie Angers. The Ubiquitin Ligase Itch is Auto-ubiquitylated In Vivo and In Vitro But Is Protected From Degradation By Interacting With The Deubiquitylating Enzyme FAM/USP9X, J Bio Chem. 2006 Dec 15;281(50):38738-47.† Co-autheur.

 

Awards

Fellowships and grants
Gebert Ruef Stiftung, Basel (April 2012- August 2014), Co-Principal Investigator.
Nachwuchs-Förderungs-Stipendium Basel University (April 2010-April 2011).
Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research Fellowship (CECR), McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2008-2009
Quebec Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students (PBEEE), University of Montreal, Canada, 2005-2008
Fonds de bourses en sciences biologiques (FASEB) fellowship, University of Montreal, 2006
Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) travel fellowship, 2007