Faculty of Health Sciences
Zouheir Attieh, Ph.D.
Dean - Faculty of Health Sciences
Office: Block A, Room 401
Campus: Achrafieh
Extension: 286

Dr. Attieh received his B.S. in Biology from the American University of Beirut in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation/Cleveland State University In 1998. Dr. Attieh served as a visiting post-doctoral scientist at the department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley from 1999-2001. He was appointed in 2001 as a lecturer in the Faculty of Sciences at the Lebanese University. In 2006, he accepted an assistant professor position at the American University of Science and Technology. Dr. Attieh was appointed in 2010 as Chair of the Department of Lab Science and Technology and joined the rank of Associate Professor in October 2011. In May 2013, Dr. Attieh was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Dr. Attieh was pivotal in establishing the Faculty of Health Sciences at AUST and played a major role in developing curricula of majors offered by the faculty. He helped draft the graduate program leading to several post-graduate Specialty Certificates and the degree of Master of Science in Biotechnology. Dr. Attieh’s research interests include the elucidation of the role of iron regulatory proteins in immunity and disease including cancer. Dr. Attieh is a visiting Scientist at UCB and collaborates with Dr. Chris Vulpe on iron trafficking in breast cancer. He has authored a number of research articles in high-impact journals including Science, Blood and Gut.

Selected Publications


  • Seung-Min Lee, Zouhair K. Attieh, Brie Fuqua and Chris Vulpe. Trans-localization of Hephaestin under iron deprivation in polarized intestinal cells. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2012 May 11;421 (3):449-55.
  • Huijun Chen, Joshua Anderson, Zouhair K. Attieh, Brie Fuqua and Chris Vulpe. Neither Zyklopen nor Ceruloplasmin possesses an NO oxidase property. (Manuscript I preparation).
  • Zouhair K. Attieh, Huijun Chen, Basharut A. Syed, Yien-Ming Kuo, Valerie Stevens, Brie K. Fuqua, Henriette S. Andersen, Claire E. Naylor, Robert W. Evans, Lorraine Gambling, Ruth Danzeisen, Mhenia Bacouri-Haidar, Julnar Usta, Chris D. Vulpe and Harry J. McArdle. Identification of Zyklopen, a New Member of the Vertebrate Multicopper Ferroxidase Family, and Characterization in Rodents and Human Cells. Journal of Nutrition 2010 Vol. 140, No. 10, 1728-1735.
  • Huijun Chen, Zouhair K. Attieh, Thi Dang, Gang Huang, Regine Van Der Hee, and Chris Vulpe. Decreased hephaestin expression and activity leads to decreased iron efflux from differentiated Caco2 cells. 2008. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. 2009 Jul 1;107(4):803-8.
  • Huijun Chen, Hua Gao, Gang Huang, Trent Su, Zouhair K. Attieh, Weixiong Ke and Chris D. Vulpe. Age related changes in iron homeostasis in mouse ferroxidase mutants. Biometals. 2008. 2009 Oct;22(5):827-34.
  • Chen H, Huang G, Su T, Gao H, Zouhair K. Attieh, McKie AT, Anderson GJ, Vulpe CD. Decreased hephaestin activity in the intestine of copper-deficient mice causes systemic iron deficiency. Journal of Nutrition. 2006 May;136(5):1236-41.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. (August, 1998). Cell and Molecular Biology, Cleveland State University/Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Supervisor: Paul L. Fox, Ph.D.
  • B.S. (August, 1990), Biology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.






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