Academic Catalog 2023–2024

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Graduate Studies and Research


The Office of Graduate Studies & Research (GSR) promotes graduate education at LAU. It is committed to quality standards, leads the university’s strategic graduate planning activities, and provides sustained support and services to interdisciplinary graduate education and research in the interest of preparing innovative and inspired graduates. It equips graduate applicants, students, faculty with the necessary resources and physical infrastructure to carry out successful, quality research programs at LAU.



The GSR Office provides graduate students and faculty with the support and necessary resources and physical infrastructure to develop a diverse range of research programs. It guides students and faculty with internal and external funding opportunities. In order to foster responsible research, the office communicates compliance policies and regulatory issues regarding the protection of human and animal subjects as well as research ethics and intellectual property. Further, the GSR Office aids the university community in grant development and data analysis.

Graduate Studies

The GSR seeks to create uniquely transforming graduate programs in focused areas that establish LAU as a regionally and internationally recognized institution for graduate education. These programs have a positive impact on business and the industry in the region.

Institutional Review Board

The Office of GSR ensures through the Institutional Review Board (IRB) internal oversight on compliance relating to the performance and ethical conduct of human and animal research, conflict of interest, and scientific misconduct. It also ensures the necessary assistance to faculty in promoting novel discoveries and associated patents and copyrights.


Samer Saab, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering                      Dean
Walid Marrouch, Ph.D., Applied Economics; Assistant Dean
Ralph Abi-Habib, Ph.D., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology       Director of Sponsored Programs
Faisal Abi Khzam, Ph.D.       RCP Director for Physical Sciences
Elias Akoury, Ph.D.     RCP Director for Life Sciences
Zahy Ramadan, Ph.D.   RCP Director for Social Sciences and Management
Joseph Stephan, Ph.D., Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology    Director of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Research Ethical Compliance / IRB Chair
Karmen Baroudy, M.S., Molecular Biology – IRB Lead Program Manager
Lama Tabbara - PMP,  M.S, Computer Science – Lead Program Manager
Gracia Zgheib, M.A., Business Communication; M.A., Journalism – Senior Executive Assistant

Contact Information

For more information, visit our website or contact:

Samer Saab
Ext. 2365

Walid Marrouch
Ext. 1517

Ralph Abi-Habib

Joseph Stephan

Karmen Baroudy
Ext. 2546

Lama Tabbara
Ext. 1978

Gracia Zgheib
Ext. 2547