Research Master in Genomics and Health


This Master, with research goal, provides a solid education of understanding the elements of genomics and its applications in human disease. Basic and functional genomics, developmental biology and human genetics, concepts and specific therapeutic approaches to diseases, studies on animals and cell models will be inherited in different courses of this Master. It also aims to address biotechnology with all its concepts (gene therapy, stem cells, RNAi). More education sessions and targeted seminars incorporated new approaches of therapy on certain pathological conditions of genetic diseases and oncogenesis are definitely covered in this Master.

Acquired Skills

  • Develop, design and conduct a research in a research team specializing in a specific scientific discipline.
  • Handle and/ or use new genomic tools, molecular biology and cell culture. 
  • Ability to work in the laboratory: integrate into a team, obtaining and analyzing results, a report argued and critical follow scientific developments in the field and develop a work project.
  • Conduct research activity in terms of equipment and consumables. 

Admission Conditions

Recruitment: Applications are reviewed by an admission committee. The best candidates are selected after interview

Required Level:

Holding a Master 1 degree or with equivalent degree judged by the admissions committee. Students in the life Sciences, Health, Biochemistry and pharmacy are eligible for this Master.


12 students

Further Studies / Career Opportunities

  • Research perspective: integration of candidates in the academic field, after preparing PhD doctoral training:
  • Researcher (public or private)
  • University Research Professor
  • Professional perspective: aims to provide students with opportunities in diagnostic/ pharmaco genomics field (assistant research engineer, technical and commercial laboratories) within biotech companies in Lebanon or abroad
  • Employers, output of M2, higher education teaching
  • More specific activity fields:
  • Basic research and medical science, applied research
  • Pharmaceutical industries / pharmacogenomics, biotechnology.....
  • Using genomics to understand biological phenomena
  • Using genomics in therapy 

Selected Teachers in Genomics and Health

Raghida Abed Almawla Abou Merhi

Full professor
Life & Earth Sciences department

Kazem Abdul Hussein Zibara

Full professor
Life & Earth Sciences department

Genomics and Health M2 Courses


  • M1 Biology
  • M1 Biochemistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Laboratory Sciences

General Infos

  • Diploma Level: BAC+5
  • Studies Duration:

    1 year, two semesters

  • Type: Research
  • Teaching Language: French/English
  • Total Credits Number: 60
  • Location: Rafic Hariri University campus - Hadath
  • Supervisor: Raghida Abed Almawla Abou Merhi
  • Email: raboumerhi(at)ul.edu.lb

Selected Projects

  • L'utilisation du modèle poisson zèbre pour l'évaluation de l'effet antioxydant protecteur d'extraits de plantes médicinales (2013-2014)
  • Generation of p53 deficient leukemia and lymphoma cells: Effect of p53 loss on tumorigenesis (2013-2014)
  • Epidémiologie de la leishmaniose cutanée en Syrie : Caractérisation moléculaire du parasite (2013-2014)
  • Role of Crypto1 gene in prostate cancer progression (2014-2015)
  • Insecticides resistance of Aedes Albopictus in Lebanon : Molecular studies (2014-2015)
  • Molecular characterization of the Mesenchyme homeobox 2 (Meox2) gene in human embryonic kidney cells (2014-2015)
  • Cutaneous Leishmaniasis: Combining pre-clinical and clinical data for better control, diagnosis and treatment paradigm (2014-2015)
  • Transcription analysis and RNA localization in human cells (2014-2015)

Selected Courses