Current Research Interests
Coming from a histopathology background, I am interested in correlating the findings obtained from advanced imaging techniques such as adaptive optics with what has been described under the microscope. I am currently working on retinal degenerative diseases and I am also interested in studying the effects of ocular tumors and inflammatory diseases on the different structures in the retina.
Undergraduate: BS, Environmental Health, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Graduate: MD, University of Balamand, Lebanon
brief biographical information
I grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and found I was interested in Biology at an early age. During my final months in medical school I realized that I wanted a better exposure to ophthalmology and so I registered for an elective. A few days in, I decided that this was the path I wanted to pursue. I happened upon Dr. Stephen Foster in Boston where I trained and did research in uveitis and ocular inflammation. Once a week, I would sit down with Dr. Foster to look at conjunctival biopsies under the microscope. This peaked my interest in ophthalmic pathology and I continued to train with Dr. Frederick Jakobiec and Dr. Thaddeus Dryja at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary where I was able to study the eye using histopathology and immunohistochemistry. When I learned of the work being done at the Carroll Lab in Wisconsin, I saw an opportunity to combine classic training with emerging cutting edge technologies. I now hope to cultivate these two disciplines to better understand the visual system and its pathology.
My favorite structure in the eye
Retinal Pigment Epithelium