Prof. Ghassan M. Matar
Chairperson for the Specialty Committee of
Prof. Matar is currently a Professor & Chairperson in the Department of Experimental Pathology, Immunology & Microbiology, Associate Director & Laboratory Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research (CIDR), and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Reference & Research on Bacterial Pathogens, Faculty of Medicine at the American University Of Beirut
Professor Matar is a resource advisor in the WHO-Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Agents (AGISAR), Geneva and participates in its internationally organized meetings. He also serves as member of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC). He established in 2009 PulseNet Lebanon within PulseNet International/Middle East in collaboration with the MoPH under the sponsorship of CDC and WHO. He participates and contributes in MoPH/WHO/CDC sponsored PulseNet and WHONET workshops locally, regionally, and internationally. He also served as the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Ambassador to Lebanon and Chair of the ASM Ambassador Leadership Circle (2011-2017)
Prof. Matar’s main research interest deals with investigating molecular mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and combatting it by antimicrobial combination therapeutic options and beta-lactamase inhibitors among Gram-negative bacteria including Enterobacterales, Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter. He also investigates the genetics of Biofilm formation in Pseudomonas/ Acinetobacter and its inhibition by antifungal and antibacterial agents. He also investigates mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in other bacterial species and role of virulence their factors on severity of disease. He is recipient of funding from multiple extramural sources, including US Department of Defense (DOD, USA), WHO-AGISAR (Switzerland), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC, USA), European Research Council (ERC, Europe), International Pharmaceutical Companies and others.
To present Prof. Matar teaches Basic and Medical Bacteriology to medical, graduate, and undergraduate students and served and still serving as an academic advisor to a significant number of graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. He published an extensive number of articles in reputable refereed international journals, 4 e-books in Frontiers in Microbiology (Switzerland) and 1 book in ELSEVIER (UK). He has been invited as a speaker to numerous international, regional, and local conferences. He also serves as reviewer and editor in prestigious international journals like Frontiers in Microbiology, BMC in Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Lancet, and others. He is a Top-Moderator in ProMED-AMR and ProMED-MENA, a program administered by the International Society of Infectious Diseases, USA. Prof. Matar can actively contribute in terms of reference and research on mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, its spread, prevention, and control. This is done within the context of the WHO for reference and research on bacterial pathogens serving EMR and globally, that Prof. Matar serves as Director.