Zaynoun Attieh

Postdoctoral Associate Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Lebanese University; MA Saint Joseph University - Lebanon; PhD Agreenium - AgroParisTech - France and Saint Joseph University Lebanon

Research Areas: Bioinsecticide; Bacillus thuringiensis; Red palm weevil.

Zaynoun Attieh started his scientific venture by pursuing a Bachelor’s degree (BS) in Biochemistry from the Lebanese University in 2012. Motivated by scientific research, he completed his BS in 2014 with a Master in Structures and Interactions of Macromolecules and Functional Genomics at the Faculty of Sciences at the Saint Joseph University (FS-USJ), Beirut, Lebanon. During his master's, Zaynoun joined the Laboratory of Biodiversity and Functional genomics (Team of Drosophila Genetics and Microbial Virulence) to conduct his graduation project. The study of his academic dossier allowed him to obtain a PhD fellowship from the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS-L) and doctoral mobility grants, belonging to the French Institute programs in Lebanon, in order to perform a Ph. “en cotutelle” between the FS-USJ and AgroParisTech - Agreenium, Paris, France. Passionate about research in genetics, immunology, and microbiology, he chose to do a doctoral thesis combining these disciplines of scientific research by investigating "host-pathogen interactions on the model Drosophila melanogaster - Bacillus cereus ". His PhD degree has been completed in the Drosophila Genetics and Microbial Virulence laboratory (FS-USJ) and the Micalis Institute, Microbial Genetics and Environment team, INRA, France; under the joint supervision of Dr. Laure El Chamy (an Associate Professor at FS-USJ) and Dr. Vincent Sanchis Borja (a Director of Research at INRA/AgroParisTech) and the co-supervision of Pr. Mireille Kallasy (a Professor at FS-USJ). During his thesis, Zaynoun set up a Drosophila infection model by Bacillus thuringiensis that he used to identify bacterial virulence factors, to characterize their virulence strategies in vivo and also to investigate the host immune defense mechanisms. In 2018, he has received a Ph.D. degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from AgroParisTech - Agreenium and in Life Sciences from FS-USJ. Post PhD, he continued his research on the same project to further explore the findings of his thesis. Zaynoun joined Kris Gunsalus at the Center of Genomics and System Biology as a postdoctoral associate and his research focuses on the identification and characterization of Bacillus thuringiensis strains as biological pest control agents against the red palm weevil.


Identification and characterization of Bacillus thuringiensis strains as biological pest control agents against the red palm weevil. Covid-19 Diagnosis Project.