Lamis Yahya

Case Western Reserve University
2011 Fulbright S&T Fellow

Lamis Yahya is a doctoral candidate in Pathology, Biomedical Sciences Training Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland with the support of the 2011 Fulbright International Science & Technology Award.

A native of Lebanon, Lamis received a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from the American University of Science and Technology, Beirut, Lebanon. As an undergraduate student, she participated in a research project on breast cancer with the Department of Pathology at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). Later, she joined the School of Medicine’s Master’s programs at the American University of Beirut’s Department of Human Morphology, where her thesis project focused on the highly aggressive triple negative breast cancer. Her work involves the investigation of morphological features and markers of hypoxia and angiogenesis in tumor progression and metastasis. As a graduate student, Lamis also participated in research within the Pathology Department at AUBMC, which involved devising a diagnostic molecular method for leishmania species identification and sub-speciation in less than 72 hours using formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue blocks. Because cutaneous leishmaniasis is endemic in the Middle East and North Africa, a high index of suspicion becomes crucial for early diagnosis and control.

Complementary to the scientific aspect of her research, Lamis aims at developing strategies to tackle the socio-psychological aspects of pathological conditions, especially concerning the unfortunately increasing rates of breast cancer and pediatric malignancies in the Lebanese population.

View Lamis Yahya's CV, submitted 7/2011