Dr. Danielle Badro earned a B.S. in Biology from Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut in 2002 and a Master’s degree in Developmental Biology/Embryology from Université de la Méditerranée (Aix-Marseille 2) in 2004. During that time, she was trained in La Timone Hospital in Marseille, under the supervision of Pr. Michel Fontes. She used the newly discovered at the time recombination techniques to genetically modify the murine Polycystic Kidney Disease 1 gene and produce humanized mutant mice. In May 2009, Dr. Badro obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis under Dr. Andreas Schedl’s supervision. Her research work included the production of transgenic animals, ex vivo cultures, and microarray analyses studying the role of signaling pathways in the control of cell survival in the embryonic kidney.
After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Badro was appointed as a post-doc fellow at the Lebanese American University in Beirut and later as a post-doc in Molecular Cancerology at the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut. In 2015, she became a full-time Assistant Professor of Biology and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Faculty of Health Sciences at AUST. She is an academic lecturer and researcher and is currently addressing tumorigenic events in human immortalized and transformed cells, using in vitro strategies and knockdown approaches. She was recently co-awarded a grant by the Lebanese CNRS to investigate the use of nanoparticles in the treatment of aggressive types of metastatic breast cancers. Her other research interests include public health studies related to pharmacy practice and drug consumption.
Over the past ten years, Dr Badro has been a board and committee member for several NGOs supporting cancer children being treated in Lebanon. She is an outdoor enthusiast and summited Mount Kilimanjaro in September 2016 (#UP382150) and completed the GR20 180km-trail in Corsica in June 2018 to raise funds for cancer patients’ treatments and to raise awareness about the importance of early detection in cancer.