Basic science researchers at the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine explore a wide array of scientific disciplines. Research in cell biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, and physiopathology contributes not only to advancement of the basic sciences, but also to progress in clinical fields like cardiology, nephrology, and neurology. From the study of cells and molecules associated with illnesses, to research models involving physiological experiments, investigators gather basic science information which is essential for “translating” or applying new discoveries to patient care.
The school of medicine promotes a collaborative research environment where basic research scientists and clinicians work to address scientific problems of fundamental importance. The medical school encourages collaboration among its faculty members and with faculty members from other schools within the university, leading to the development of many interdisciplinary research clusters. To foster the success of its investigators, the school of medicine offers a variety of professional development programs and core facility resources.
The school’s basic research laboratories are housed in modern facilities located within the Chagoury Health Sciences Center on the Byblos Campus, and are available to faculty and supervised students for approved research projects. Their state-of-the-art resources include cell-culture equipment; a fluorescent microscope; an ultracentrifuge; machines for PCR, Western Blot, and gene sequencing; and generous bench space for the conducting of experiments.