Dr. Sami El Khatib
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Dr. Sami El Khatib

Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences, The International University of Beirut, Lebanon

Highest Degree
Ph.D. in Biology from Henri Poincaré University, France

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Dr. Sami El Khatib, Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences and Assistant Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at the Lebanese International University (LIU). I am holding a PhD in Cell Biology and Oncology (2005), a Master Degree in Bioengineering & Biomaterials (2002), a University Diploma in Animal Experimentation (2003) from Henri Poincare University in France, and a BS in Medical Laboratory from Lebanese University (2000).

My research work has been focused on the non-invasive techniques of diagnosis and treatment of Bladder Cancer, published in highly ranked international peer reviewed journals. I published my first work conducted in vivo for the usage of Hexvix as a prodrug for the Photodynamic treatment of bladder cancer in rats.

I has been involved also in the development of an optoelectronic imaging system (Cell ViZio) based on the use of live fluorescence confocal microscopy for in situ imaging of live tissues and organs. I also developed a reproducible model for solitary bladder cancer in rats adopted as the most favorable model used for many research and pharmacokinetics applications. I am currently working on many topics related to Molecular Biotechnology & Genomic Editing strategies and supervising many Master’s students working on health benefits of food, food extracts, and fortification strategies.

During the past years, I authored and co-authored numerous conference articles, books, book chapters in the aforementioned scientific topics. I am currently the Head of the Organizing Committees of many academic and community services events organized by BIU. I have been selected as a member of the Middle East Molecular Biology Society and a member of MEMBS International Advisory Committee.

Area of Interest:

Biomedical Sciences
Cell Biology

Research Publications in Numbers


Selected Publications

  1. Omairi, R., M. Krayem, S. Khaled, M. Salla and S. El Khatib, 2022. Antibiotic residues in milk and milk products: A momentous challenge for the pharmaceutical industry and medicine. World J. Pharmacol., 11: 48-55.
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  2. El Khatib, S., 2022. The rationale behind the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and associated immunological mechanisms. Turk. J. Immunol., 10: 134-148.
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  3. El Khatib, S. and M. Salla, 2022. The mosaic puzzle of the therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and antibody fragments - A modular transition from full-length immunoglobulins to antibody mimetics. Leukemia Res. Rep., Vol. 18. 10.1016/j.lrr.2022.100335.
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  4. Dib, A.A., J.C. Assaf, A. El Khoury, S. El Khatib, M. Koubaa and N. Louka, 2022. Single, Subsequent, or simultaneous treatments to mitigate mycotoxins in solid foods and feeds: A critical review. Foods, Vol. 11. 10.3390/foods11203304.
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  5. Krayem, M., S. El Khatib, Y. Hassan, V. Deluchat and P. Labrousse, 2021. In search for potential biomarkers of copper stress in aquatic plants. Aquat. Toxicol., Vol. 239. 10.1016/j.aquatox.2021.105952.
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  6. Khatib, S.E.L. and A. Raslan, 2021. Assumption and criticism on RNA world hypothesis from ribozymes to functional cells. Bioeng. Biosci., 8: 1-12.
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  7. Ghoush, L.A. and S. El Khatib, 2021. Yeast extract: A potential substitute of salt in baked crackers. Int. J. Environ. Agric. Biotechnol., 6: 86-94.
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  8. Farhat, A., N. Farhat, W.A. Yassine, R. Halat and S. El Khatib, 2021. University instructors’ perceptions toward online teaching at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in lebanon: A descriptive study. Middle East. J. Res. Edu. Soc. Sci., 2: 37-57.
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  9. El Khatib, S., 2021. In vivo photobleaching kinetics and epithelial biodistribution of hexylaminolevulinate-induced protoporphyrin IX in rat bladder cancer: Erratum. Curr. Urol., Vol. 15. 10.1097/cu9.0000000000000056.
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  10. El Khatib, S., 2021. In vivo photobleaching kinetics and epithelial biodistribution of hexylaminolevulinate-induced protoporphyrin IX in rat bladder cancer. Curr. Urol., Vol. 15. 10.1097/CU9.0000000000000004.
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  11. Sakhr, K. and S. El Khatib, 2020. Physiochemical properties and medicinal, nutritional and industrial applications of lebanese sumac (Syrian Sumac - Rhus coriaria): A review. Heliyon, Vol. 6. 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03207.
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  12. El Khatib, S. and M. Muhieddine, 2020. Nutritional Profile and Medicinal Properties of Pumpkin Fruit Pulp. In: The Health Benefits of Foods - Current Knowledge and Further Development, Salanta, L.C. (Ed.), IntechOpen, London, UK, ISBN: 978-1-78985-933-1, Pages: 178.
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  13. Sakhr, K. and S.E. Khatib, 2019. The use of syrian sumac (Rhus coriaria) as a meat tenderizer: Effect on fat, protein and collagen profiles on pectoralis superficialis cut. Turkish J. Agric. Food Sci. Technol., 7: 1203-1215.
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  14. Khatib, S.E. and M. Muhieddine, 2019. Nutritional Profile and Medicinal Properties of Pumpkin Fruit Pulp. In: The Health Benefits of Foods-Current Knowledge and Further Development, Salanta, L.C. (Ed). Intech Open, UK., ISBN: 978-1-78985-934-8.
  15. Khatib, S.E. and A.A. Yassine, 2019. Insights gained from intermittent fasting & its impact on weight management. Int. J. Sci. Res., 8: 1734-1743.
  16. El Khatib, S. and N.A. Yassine, 2019. Advances in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering in the production of biofuel. Int. J. Curr. Microbiol. Appl. Sci., 8: 1762-1772.
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  17. Khatib, E.S., S. Berrahmoune, A. Leroux, L. Bezdetnaya, F. Guillemin and M.A. D'Hallewin, 2006. A novel orthotopic bladder tumor model with predictable localization of a solitary tumor. Cancer Biol. Ther., 5: 1327-1331.
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  18. Dhallewin, M.A., S.E. Khatib, A. Leroux, L. Bezdetnaya and F. Guillemin, 2005. Endoscopic confocal fluorescence microscopy of normal and tumor bearing rat bladder. J. Urol., 174: 736-740.
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  19. Khatib, E.S., J. Didelon, A. Leroux, L. Bezdetnaya, D. Notter and M. D'Hallewin, 2004. Kinetics, biodistribution and therapeutic efficacy of hexylester 5-aminolevulinate induced photodynamic therapy in an orthotopic rat bladder tumor model. J. Urol., 172: 2013-2017.
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