Aniella Abi-Gerges, PhD

Associate Professor
Physiology Discipline Coordinator
Medical Ethics Discipline Co-Coordinator
Director of Medical Year 2

Dr. Aniella Abi-Gerges is an Assistant Professor of Physiology at the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine in Byblos. She holds a Ph.D. in Cellular, Molecular and Cardiac Physiopathology with the highest level of distinction from the School of Pharmacy at University Paris 11 in France. During her doctoral training in the Laboratory of Excellence in Drug Discovery and Therapeutic Innovation (Labex LERMIT, Paris), she acquired solid expertise in cardiac pathophysiology and the ß-adrenergic/cAMP signaling pathway. Using an innovative electrophysiological approach based on the use of cyclic nucleotide-gated channels as a cAMP probe, she showed for the first time in real time and in isolated, living cardiac myocytes that cAMP homeostasis is altered in cardiac hypertrophy.

She further developed her knowledge of cardiovascular physiology and hormonal signaling by joining the School of Medicine at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris as a post-doctoral fellow for three years, during which she explored the role of the Multidrug- Resistant Protein Type 4 (MRP4) in cardiac function using a knock-out mice model.

She is the author of several publications in international high-impact-factor journals.

Dr. Abi-Gerges joined the school of medicine as a full-time faculty member in September 2016. Along with her enthusiasm for physiology, acquired technical skills, research experience, and broad scientific background, she brings with her teaching skills that contribute to the School of Medicine’s mission.

Dr. Abi-Gerges played a major role in the curriculum review of the Physiology Discipline (Med I and Med II) at the school of medicine. She recently obtained a Diploma in Medical Ethics from the Lebanese University. She established the Medical Ethics curriculum for Med I and Med II, which she coordinates and teaches as well.

Her research interests focus mainly on the characterization of the ß-adrenergic pathway in cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure, as well as on congenital heart diseases in the Lebanese population.

In April 2018, she received a two-year research grant from the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Lebanese American University. This fund will support her in establishing the Cellular and Molecular Cardiology Lab in the School of Medicine, and in implementing her research project which aims at characterizing the changes affecting the cAMP signaling pathway in diabetic cardiomyopathy with a focus on studying the interplay between PDEs, MRP4 and Epac.

Dr. Abi-Gerges maintains a strong collaboration with her Ph.D. supervisors, Dr. Gregoire Vandecasteele and Dr. Rodolphe Fischmeister — the latter having recently been awarded the Grand Prix Lamonica de Cardiologie de l’Académie des Sciences.

Dr. Abi-Gerges hopes that these academic, investigative, and scholarly activities will engage medical students and positively impact society by spreading awareness about heart disease, while allowing her to continue to produce the highest quality work in her field.

Selected Publications

View Dr. Abi-Gerges’s publications on PubMed.

Professional and Research Interests


Awards and Grants


Human Physiology, Cell Physiology, Medical Ethics, Research, Basic Sciences, Cardiac Physiology, Cardiac Pathophysiology, Diabetic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure, Congenital Heart diseases, Cell Signaling, In vivo studies.