International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

Dr. Akram GHANTOUS is a staff scientist at IARC-WHO. His expertise encompasses epigenomics and cross-omics analysis in cancer research, with applications to cellular, clinical and epidemiological models, including large-scale and inter-disciplinary studies. After having ranked first in Lebanon for the International Fulbright Award for PhD studies at elite universities abroad, he embarked on the challenge to contribute to re-initiating the PhD program in his country through the American University of Beirut, and he became the first PhD graduate from Lebanon after the program had been terminated since decades of regional unrest. He then moved to IARC through its prestigious International Postdoctoral Fellowship, where he secured a staff scientist position as an official of the United Nations. Several of his publications rank top 1% in their fields, including those generated from low-resource settings