Prestigious Award goes to LAU’s Mirvat El-Sibai

Dr. Mirvat El-Sibai, associate Biology professor at LAU’s Department of Natural Sciences in Beirut, receives prestgious 2016 Abdul-Hamid Shouman Award for Arab researchers -جائزة عبد الحميد شومان للباحثين العرب for her significant contribution to cancer research.

El-Sibai conducts research to come up with an alternative to chemotherapy. She is working towards a treatment whose side effects won’t threaten patients’ lives.

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LAU mentions that El-Sibai’s name has been listed in 31 publications as either a contributor or an author.

Besides dedication to her work, El-Sibai (center) focuses heavily on her students. She helps them develop their skills and thrive in the field of research. She explains that it is note-worthy that LAU master’s students have publications in which they are principal authors.

“I see potential in my students and in upcoming generations. I am working on strengthening the idea of research in the Lebanese mentality,” says El-Sibai.

El-Sibai’s Office — LAU Beirut Campus

El-Sibai encourages her students to publish, by involving them in the outcomes of her research. She explains to them that it is significant to have other researchers replicate and confirm findings and analyses.

Anthony Maalouf, a pre-med major, was among El-Sibai’s top students. Her assistance and support for the research he does granted him a spot in El-Sibai’s publications. Being mentioned in an associate professor’s publication contributed to Maalouf becoming more eligible to receive a full scholarship for medical school at LAU.

“She made me feel noticed for my efforts,” says Maalouf. “I started med-school with a different mentality, thanks to her.”

El-Sibai has influenced a number of the students she has mentored and will continue to thrive for that throughout her career.


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