Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Ottawa
I am a Postdoctoral Fellow studying the molecular mechanisms underlying Bicuspid aortic valve disease and its complications, the most frequent heart birth defect in Human. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry in 2009 from the Lebanese University-Faculty of Science II, Lebanon. I also completed graduate studies at the same university (masters in Biochemistry, 2010; and masters in Genomics and Health, 2011). My master’s research centered on the genetics of heart disease and was carried out at the American University of Beirut. I moved to Canada in the fall of 2012 as a PhD candidate in the Nemer lab. my research focused on the genetics of aortic valve disease. Among other, I discovered a new gene (GATA6) essential for cardiac valve development whose mutations cause Bicuspid Aortic Valve. Lara has 8 publications to date and has won many awards, the most recent being the International M.E. Abbott Scholarship from the US Bicuspid Aortic Valve Foundation (2017-2018).