Zaynoun Attieh

Postdoctoral Associate Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BSc Lebanese University; MSc Saint Joseph University (Lebanon); PhD AgroParisTech (France) and Saint Joseph University (Lebanon)

Research Areas: Host-pathogen Interaction; Biological pest control; Red palm weevil; Bacillus thuringiensis.

Zaynoun Attieh received his Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the Lebanese University and then his Master’s degree in Structure and Interaction of Macromolecules and Functional Genomics from the Saint Joseph University of Beirut. In 2018, Attieh earned a PhD in Molecular and cellular biology from AgroParisTech- Paris Saclay University and Saint Joseph University of Beirut. His PhD research project focused on deciphering Host-Pathogen interactions on the model Drosophila melanogaster - Bacillus thuringiensis. He studied both sides of the host-pathogen equation by investigating Drosophila’s immune defense mechanisms and Bacillus thuringiensis virulence strategies. Post PhD, Attieh continued his research on the same project to further explore the findings of his thesis. 

Zaynoun Attieh joined Gunsalus lab at the Center of Genomics and System Biology (NYUAD CGSB) in 2020 as a postdoctoral associate. His research focuses on the identification and characterization of biological pest control agents to manage the uncontrolled spread of the Red Palm Weevil, a major threat to the UAE palm tree.