Research Master in Cardiovascular Pharmacology


The Cardiovascular Pharmacology program is a one-year full-time official research master's, embedded in the Faculty of Sciences of the Lebanese University in Hadat, Lebanon. This program leads to a research master's degree that will allow graduates to go on to Ph.D. research degrees or to obtain a position in academical, industrial and health settings of cardiovascular research.


During the program the student will develop scientific skills, learn how to design a research project, and execute practical research courses. Close interaction with scientific partners will promote the individual development as a scientist. As a graduate of the program, the student will have extensive knowledge and practical experience in the domain of innovative cardiovascular research, which will allow him/her to work, during his/her Ph.D., as an independent researcher in this field.


Admission Conditions

Required Level:

For 2015/2016, the applicant could be a student who has finished his first year of Master (M1) in Biochemistry or Biology at the Faculty of Sciences. Application from other disciplines (Pharmacy, Medical, Public Health) will be accepted as well. 


Excellent students with a sincere interest in- and strong motivation for- research in cardiovascular sciences, will be selected for this research master's program. Students will be admitted on the basis of their academic ability together with personal face to face interview with the program committee.


There is a fixed maximum of 10 students that can be accepted to participate in the Cardiovascular Pharmacology Master’s program. 

Further Studies / Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the master's program, the student will be a top candidate for a place in a biomedical Ph.D. program, in particular in the field of cardiovascular pharmacology, but also in related areas of biomedical research. Students will also have excellent prospects for a research career in applied biomedical research, for instance in the life sciences/pharmaceutical industry.


Some of the students will pursue an international research career, either at a university or in the medical life sciences industry. Others may not (immediately) pursue a research career, but are likely to opt for a career which involves the application of biomedical research and for which the master's degree will have a substantial added value, such as a job in industry, contract research organizations (CNRS or others,…) or as a biomedical science teacher in higher professional education.

Selected Teachers in Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Mazen Zakariya Kurdi

Full professor
Chemistry - Biochemistry department

Cardiovascular Pharmacology M2 Courses


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

General Infos

  • Diploma Level: BAC+5
  • Studies Duration:

    1 year 

  • Type: Research
  • Teaching Language: English
  • Total Credits Number: 60
  • Location: Rafic Hariri University campus - Hadath
  • Supervisor: Mazen Zakariya Kurdi
  • Email: mazen_kurdi(at)hotmail.com

Selected Projects

  • Adherence to cardiovascular medication: A survey in patients with hypertension in Lebanon. (2014-2015)
  • The effect of a p300 activator on STAT3-induced gene expression. (2014-2015)
  • Impact of GSTM1 and GSTT1 mutations on the susceptibility to myocardial infarction in Lebanese population (2014-2015)
  • Effect of a p300 activator on LIF-induced STAT3 signaling in endothelial cells. (2014-2015)
  • Self-medication with drugs and food supplements: A survey in patients with hypertension in Lebanon (2014-2015)
  • Nitric Oxide and the inhibition of NF-kB “decrease/increase” endothelial cell proliferation: Relation with Gi protein levels. (2014-2015)
  • Effect of a p300 activator on STAT3 and Rel A levels in the nuclei of endothelial cells. (2014-2015)

Selected Courses