I hold a BA and MA in Biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (USA) I was awarded a PhD in Neuroscience from Creighton University School of Medicine at Omaha, Nebraska (USA) where my work investigated the mechanisms of development and refinement of retinotopic maps in the superior colliculus and cortex in normal and anophthalmic mice ; I joined the University of Balamand Faculty of Medicine in 2001 as a member of the Department of Biomedical Sciences for which I served as Chairperson; My research activities that cover both basic and applied sciences are related to Neuroscience and Physiology I am interested in examining the role of the colon in determining the nutrient and fluid absorption capacity of the small intestine in health and inflammation via models of colectomy and chemically induced experimental colitis, as well as defining the neural or hormonal mechanisms that regulate absorption post colectomy or colitis My research activities in applied sciences explore the early detection of Parkinson’s disease based on non-invasive signals (handwriting and speech) via different machine-learning approaches Brain imaging, brain computer Interface (BCI), and image-processing techniques to enhance visualization of vascular zones in cardiac tissue by ultrasound also fall within my research interest ; In my years of service at the University, I have developed, implemented, and managed Educational Programs on Food Science and Technology and Organ Donation and Transplantation supported by the European Commission Moreover, I underwent regular professional training in institutional and programmatic evaluations at European accreditation agencies