Who's Who

Akram Ghantous


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

Selected Publications

Joubert BR et al.,… Ghantous A*, Holland N*, Murphy S*, DeMeo DL*, Burchard EG*, Ladd-Acosta C*, Snieder H*, Nystad W*, Koppelman GH*, Relton CL*, Jaddoe VWV*, Wilcox A*, Melén E*, London SJ* (*, equal contribution) 2016 Maternal smoking in pregnancy and DNA methylation in newborns: Genome-wide consortium meta-analysis The American Journal of Human Genetics,98(4) 680-696

Ghantous A, Hernandez-Vargas H, Byrnes G, Dwyer T, Herceg Z 2015 Characterising the epigenome as a key component of the fetal exposome in evaluating in utero exposures and childhood cancer risk Mutagenesis, 30 (6) 733-742

Ghantous A, Saffery R, Cros MP, Ponsonby AL, Hirschfeld S, Kasten C, Dwyer T, Herceg Z and Hernandez-Vargas H 2014 Optimized DNA extraction from neonatal dried blood spots: application in methylome profiling BMC Biotechnology, 14 60

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, 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

Prizes, Honours

IARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, France (2012-2014)
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). The award is designed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State to be the most prestigious international award for PhD studies
High-Distinction (high-school and university undergraduate and graduate levels). Dean’s honor list (top 3% of undergraduate students in all majors) and highest averages and cumulative average (96/100) in graduate courses in the Biology Department records, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2009 – 2002). Fellowship for supplementary mathematics courses, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2008-2009)
Abdul Hadi Debs Award for the top three graduate students at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2007)