Joseph Stephan, PhD

Associate Professor
Biochemistry Discipline Coordinator
Chair of LAU Institutional Review Board

After completing my post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Eric Kandel at Columbia University, I have recently relocated to Lebanon where I have established an independent research program at the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie School of Medicine. The main focus of my laboratory is the biological basis of memory and learning. In that context, we are interested in (1) the effects of exercise on memory and learning, and specifically the role that exercise factors such as lactate might play in improving cognitive abilities and (2) the biological roles of physiological prions: these proteins, identified initially in the context of diseases such as Creutzfeldt–Jakob and Kuru, appear to play a wide variety of roles in different physiological contexts such as long-term memory storage (and cancer). Using mouse models, neuronal cultures and the powerful biochemical and molecular arsenal of the budding yeast, S. cerevisiae, we attempt to investigate these two main questions.

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Exercise, memory, learning, prions, cancer, neurodegeneration, kinases, yeast biology