Ghada El-khawaja

Ghada El-khawaja
Faculty: ScienceDepartment: Biological SciencesPosition: Assistant Professor of Molecular & Cellular BiologyOffice Number: B116 (A2 building)Phone: +961 7 985 858Ext: 3307E-mail: g.khawaja@bau.edu.lb

Biography

Dr. Khawaja obtained her PhD degree in molecular biology from Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University, where she worked at Lyon Cancer Research Center focusing her research on the development of a therapeutic DNA vaccination against chronic hepatitis B infections. She joined BAU as a full-time faculty member in September 2012. Her current research interests focus on the identification of natural compounds with anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant or antimicrobial activity.

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Teaching

Previous courses

Undergraduate courses

General Biology (for health science students), Biology I, Membrane Biology, Histology, Cell & tissue culture, Immunology, Virology, Molecular diagnostics, Cell Biology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Nutrition, Microbiology & Immunology (for dentistry students)

Postgraduate courses


Advanced Immunology, Seminar in Immunogenetics, Advanced Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology (for MS dentistry students), Tissue culture Techniques and Research Techniques.   

Spring 2015/2016

Research

Research Interests

Dr. Khawaja research interests focus on:

    i. Evaluating the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activities of some natural compounds in an in vivo model for rheumatoid arthritis, ii/ assessing their possible hepatoprotective effect against hepatotoxic effect of the anti-rheumatic drug, methotrexate.

She is also involved in studies investigating:

    i. The effect of epigenetic therapy on Acute Myeloma Leukemia and Colon Cancer.

    ii. The Antimicrobial Resistance Pattern in Biofilm Associated with Medical Devices.

Publications

Publications

1- Hamiyeh A, Olama Z, Khawaja G. (2015) Bacterial Diversity and Biofilm Formation in Drinking Water Distribution System in Lebanon. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences, Vol.4 (5), 976-990.

2- Khatib A, Olama Z, Khawaja G. (2015) Shiga Toxin-Producing E.coli (STEC) Associated with Lebanese Fresh Produce. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences, Vol.4 (2), 481-496.

3- Khatib A, Olama Z, Khawaja G. (2015) Isolation, Purification and Identification of some Multi-Drug Resistant Food-Borne Pathogens in Lebanese Fresh Produce. European Journal of Biology and Medical Sciences Research, Vol. 3 (1), 59-72.

4- Khawaja G, Buronfosse T, Guerret S, Zoulim F, Luxembourg A, Hannaman D, Evans C,   Hartmann D, Cova L. (2012) In vivo electroporation significantly improves therapeutic potency of a DNA Vaccine targeting Hepadnaviral proteins. Journal of Hepatology vol. 56 (2):S177.

5- Khawaja G, Buronfosse T, Jamard C, Guerret S, Zoulim F, Luxembourg A, Hannaman D, Evans C,   Hartmann D, Cova L. (2012) Enhanced magnitude and breadth of neutralizing humoral response to a DNA vaccine targeting DHBV envelope protein delivered by in vivo electroporation. Virology vol. 425, 61–69.

6- Khawaja G, Buronfosse T, Abdul F, Jamard C, Guerret S, Zoulim F, Luxembourg A, Hannaman D, Evans C, Hartmann D, Cova L. (2012) In vivo electroporation improves therapeutic potency of a DNA vaccine targeting hepadnaviral proteins. Virology vol. 433, 192–202.

7- Saade F, Buronfosse T, Khawaja G, Guerret S, Jamard C, Chevallier M, Pradat P, Zoulim F, Cova L. (2011) Co-Administration of Gamma Interferon Gene with DNA Vaccine Expressing Duck Hepatitis B Virus (DHBV) Proteins Enhances Therapeutic Efficacy of DNA-Based Immunization in Chronic Virus Carriers.  Chapter 5, DNA Vaccines: Types, Advantages and Limitations (E. C. Donelly and A. M. Dixon, Ed.), pp. 119-130. Nova science publishers.

Presentations in selected international conferences


1- Khawaja G et al. (2011) Dramatic increase in prophylactic and therapeutic efficacy of DNA vaccine targeting DHBV proteins by in vivo electroporation. International HBV meeting, Orlando, USA.

2- Khawaja G et al. (2011) Drastic increase of potency of DNA vaccine targeting hepadnaviral proteins by in vivo electroporation. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), San Fransisco, USA.

3- Khawaja G et al. (2011) In vivo electroporation significantly improves therapeutic potency of a DNA vaccine targeting hepadnaviral proteins. International congress of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), Barcelona, SPAIN.

Activities

Member of student activities committee 2013-present

Member of faculty council committee 2014/2015


Member of quality assurance committee 2015-present

Lebanese Association for Advanced Research (LAAS) reviewer, 2016

Contributing towards the accreditation of Biology program at BAU.

Awards

Doctoral Scholarship – Rhône-Alpes Regional Council Doctoral Research (Infectiology, Immunology, Cancerology cluster): 10/2008 - 09/2011.

Valedictorian MS student 2007 - 2008