Who's Who

Akram Ghantous

Postdoctoral Fellow

Epigenetics Group


Cell and Molecular Biology, Medicinal Chemistry

Academic Degrees

2012PhDCell and Molecular BiologyAmerican University of Beirut, research in collaboration with Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-NurembergBeirut ErlangenLebanon Germany
2006MScBiologyAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon
2004BScMajor Biology, Minor ChemistryAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

Current Research Projects

  • Identifying epigenetic changes associated with in utero exposure to environmental factors and susceptibility to childhood cancer

Selected Publications

Ghantous A, Saikali M, Rau T, Gali-Muhtasib H, Schneider-Stock R, Darwiche N. (2012) Inhibition of Tumor Promotion by Parthenolide: Epigenetic Modulation of p21. Cancer Prevention Research : in press

Ghantous A, Schneider-Stock R, Bajbouj K, Saikali M, Darwiche N (2012) Epigenetic Mechanisms of Plant-Derived Anticancer Drugs. Frontiers in Bioscience, 1 (17) : 129-173

Ghantous A, Gali-Muhtasib H, Vuorela H, Saliba NA, Darwiche N (2010) What Made Sesquiterpene Lactones Reach Cancer Clinical Trials? Drug Discovery Today, 15 (15-16) : 668-678

Ghantous A, Nasser N, Saab I, Darwiche N, Saliba NA (2009) Structure-Activity Relationship of Seco-Tanapartholides Isolated from Achillea falcata for Inhibition of HaCaT Cell Growth. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 44 (9) : 3794-3797

Ghantous A, Abou Tayyoun A, Abou Lteif G, Saliba NA, Gali-Muhtasib H, El-Sabban M, Darwiche N. (2008) Purified Salograviolide A Isolated from Centaurea ainetensis Causes Growth Inhibition and Apoptosis in Neoplastic Epidermal Cells International Journal of Oncology, 4 : 841-849

Scientific Societies Membership

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Prizes, Honours

IARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, France (2012)
Best Talk and Best Poster Awards at research conferences (thrice : 2012, 2011, 2010)
Ranked first in Lebanon for the International Fulbright Science and Technology Award for PhD studies in the USA (twice : 2010, 2006)
Undergraduate High-Distinction and highest graduate-level average in Biology departmental record, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2009 – 2002)
Abdul Hadi Debs Award for the top three graduate students at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2007)