I joined the department of medicine as a postdoctoral research fellow in July 2016. I received a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the Leibniz Universität Hannover in February 2016, and a M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the American University of Beirut in 2007. My doctoral dissertation revolved around exploring the effect of paracrine and hetero-cellular interaction between human intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) and immune cells on the regulation of epithelial barrier in an in vitro model of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). In addition to my Ph.D. work, I was involved in a variety of research projects with topics varied from genetics and bioinformatics, stem cell research and tissue regeneration, to cell-cell communication, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer metastasis. I am currently working with Dr. Karen Herbst to examine the human fat disorders, Lipedema and Dercum’s disease, at the cellular and molecular levels.
Dr. Al-Ghadban studies the human fat disorders Lipedema and Dercum’s disease at the cellular and molecular levels.