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Center for Infectious Diseases Research​


Infectious diseases remain among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the Middle East, with diseases such as pneumonia, gastroenteritis, malaria, and tuberculosis presenting a major burden in our region. The Center for Infectious Diseases Research (CIDR) at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) prom​otes research in basic, translational, and clinical aspects of infectious diseases. The aim of the CIDR laboratory is to function as a national and regional reference laboratory with emphasis on the diagnosis of endemic and epidemic infectious diseases relevant to our region.


  • Conduct and support research into the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases particularly those relevant to the Middle East
  • ​Enhance the health of the population by promoting excellence in diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious diseases through clinical care, education, research and advocacy.

  • ​Become a center of excellence in infectious disease related domains to improve clinical care, with the provision of evidence-based, cost-efficient, and comprehensive workup in order to achieve the best clinical outcomes.​

Existing infrastructure
  • The AUB-FM (Faculty of Medicine) has one of the best clinical services in infectious diseases, adult and pediatric, in the region, with referrals from all parts of Lebanon and neighboring countries.
  • ​Most attending faculty of both divisions of infectious diseases, adult and pediatric, are certified by the respective specialty American Boards and have a variety of interests in clinical and basic research.

  • AUBMC has an excellent Clinical Microbiology Laboratory and a Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory with several infectious disease applications; as well as a renowned basic science department of Experimental Pathology, Immunology, and Microbiology.

  • Over the past decade, a large number of single, multicenter, and international clinical trials have been conducted at AUBMC and resulted in numerous publications on antimicrobials, vaccines, and other research topics in infectious diseases.​
Center Equipment

The CIDR laboratory has been recently renovated as part of the DTS basic sciences building renovation and is furnished with the following equipment: IDR CHEF-MAPPER for Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis along with a Gel-doc apparatus, a dual head thermal cycler, a real time PCR machine, a Luminex apparatus, egg incubators, a dedicated BSL-2 hood, and other support equipment. The recently completed P3 facility is located next door.

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Current Studies
  • Surveillance of Respiratory Virus Infections among Pediatric Cancer Patients at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon
  • Prevalence and Risk Factors for Prolonged Postoperative Fever in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease Undergoing Cardiovascular Surgery with Pulmonary Conduit Insertion

  • Viral Infections in Patients at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon

  • Estimation of the disease burden and prevalent genotypes of rotavirus (RV) causing gastroenteritis (GE) in children < 5 years of age in Lebanon based on a sentinel hospital-based surveillance program

  • Prevalence and molecular characterization of Astrovirus causing gastroenteritis in children <5 years of age in Lebanon: a hospital-based surveillance program ( N.B. modified to include screening for Norovirus and Sapovirus)

  • A phase IIIb, open, multi-country, controlled, randomized study to demonstrate the immunogenicity and safety of GSK Biologicals' meningococcal conjugate vaccine, MenACWY-TT (GSK 134612) in healthy infants, given on a 3+1 primary and booster (2, 4, 6 and 15-18 months of age), a 1+1 primary and booster (6 and 15-18 months of age) or as a single dose at 15-18 months of age

  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection In Lebanon tertiary medical center :a 10 years’ experience

  • Epidemiologic Surveillance of Influenza Infections in Lebanon

To view a list of CIDR publications, click here.



Faculty Members:

   Faculty of Medicine






Ghassan Dbaibo M.D.

Professor, Director of CIDR

​Pediatric ID



Ghassan Matar PhD

Professor, Laboratory Director of CIDR

​Medical and Molecular Microbiology



George Araj PhD​

​Professor, Director of clinical Microbiology

​Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology



​Soha Kanj​ Sharara M.D.


Internal Medecine, ​​Adult ID



​Rami Mahfouz M.D., PhD

​Associate Professor

​Clinical Pathology, Molecular Diagnostics



Zeina Kanafani  M.D.

Associate Professor

​Internal Medecine, ​​Adult ID



Rima Hanna Wakim M.D.

​Assistant Professor

​​Pediatric ID



​Hasan Zaraket PhD​

​Assistant Professor

​Virology, Community Disease Control



Ghassan Awar M.D.

​Assistant Professor

​Internal Medecine, ​​Adult ID



​Nesrine Rizk M.D.​

​Instructor Of Clinical Specialty

​Internal Medecine, ​​Adult ID




  Faculty of Health Sciences






​Salim Adib DrPH

M.D, Dr. PH, Senior Lecturer

​Epidemiology & Public Health



​Sami Ramia PhD, FRCPath ​Professor ​Medical&Public Health Microbiology ​4689

Mey Jurdi PhD

Professor , Dpt of Enviromental Health

​Basic Medical Science



Nada Melhem PhD​

​Assistant Professor

​Microbiology & Immunology,ID



Staff / Researchers:

Name ​




Aia Assaf Casals M.D.​

Pediatric ID Fellow



Rouba Shaker M.D.​

Pediatric ID Fellow



Sarah Khafaja M.D.​

Research Fellow ​



Imad Akel M.D.​

Research Fellow ​​



​Ralph Tayyar ​Research Fellow rt41@aub.edu.lb

Lina Reslan PhD.​ ​

Post Doc Fellow



Rouba Hajj Sleiman PhD.​ 

Post Doc Fellow ​​



Hadil Kobeissi ​BS.

Research Assistant ​



Mireille lteif BS.​

Research Coordinator​



Amjad Haidar BS.​

Lab Manager ​



Nadia Soudani BS, MSc

Research Assistant





The Center for Infectious Diseases Research is located in the heart of the city of Beirut in one of the most prestigious learning institutions in the Middle East at American University of Beirut.

  • Center for Infectious Diseases Research office: AUBMC, Department of Peditarics and Adolescent Medicine, Phase 1, 6th floor, room W616

  • Center for Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory: Main lab for diagnostic and research testing, AUB DTS building (medical gate), basement, room 132

Contact us:
Telephone: 00961-1-350 000 ext 5752 for office, ext 4880 for lab
Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm​​

Contact us:


00961-1-350 000 ext 5752

Office: ext 4880

Lab: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm​​​

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