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

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)