Research in the laboratory focuses on exploring the fundamental molecular mechanisms and the physiological effect of hormones and its crosstalk on iron metabolism homeostasis. Currently, I’m investigating the role of Glucocorticoids on iron metabolism, studying the hormonal regulation and its novel molecular regulation through looking at GR interaction on hepcidin promoter, and to identify new regulatory elements by studying the promoter activity, using a Knockout models and respective cells.
Academic and Scientific education
2020-Curent: Phd at Institute of Comparative Molecular Endocrinology- International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine Ulm (IGradU). Ulm University, Ulm, Germany.
2018–2019: International Master program in BioSciences and health engineering, parcours RNA/Enzymes Sciences. Lorraine University, Nancy, France.
2016–2018: Master Biochemistry. Beirut Arab University, Dibbiyeh, Lebanon.
2012–2015: Bachelor degree Nutrition and dietetics. Beirut Arab University, Dibbiyeh, Lebanon.
Borjac, J., El-Joumaa, M., Youssef, L., Kawach, R., Blake, D. Quantitative Analysis of Heavy Metals and Organic Compounds in Soil from Deir Kanoun Ras El Ain Dump, Lebanon. The Scientific World Journal. (2020).DOI: 10.1155/2020/8151676
Shebbo, S., ElJoumaa, M., Kawach, R., Borjac, J. Hepatoprotective effect of Matricaria chamomilla aqueous extract against 1,2-Dimethylhydrazine-induced carcinogenic hepatic damage in mice. Heliyon. (2020).DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04082
Borjac, J., ElJoumaa, M., Kawaach, R., Youssef, L., Blake, DA. Heavy Metals and Organic Compounds Contamination in Leachates Collected from Deir Kanoun Ras El Ain Dump and its Adjacent Canal in South Lebanon. Heliyon. (2019).DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e02212