Appointment of Professor Maxime Merheb as Dean for the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

We are delighted to announce the distinguished appointment of Prof. Maxime Merheb as the Dean of Medical and Health Sciences Faculty at Liwa College. With a wealth of experience and a stellar reputation in the field of healthcare and academia, Prof. Merheb brings a formidable combination of expertise and vision to our institution. His commitment to advancing medical education and research aligns perfectly with our mission to nurture the next generation of healthcare professionals and contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of medical and health sciences. As we embark on this exciting new chapter, Prof. Merheb’s leadership promises to elevate our college’s standing and pave the way for innovation and excellence in the realm of healthcare education and research.

Prof. Maxime Merheb obtained his MSc. in Physiology, Molecular, and Cellular Biology from the University of Poitiers in France in 2006, followed by his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the esteemed Ecole Normale Supérieure in France in 2010. Prior to his tenure at Liwa College, Prof. Maxime Merheb served as a Professor at the Institute of Functional Genomics of Lyon (IGFL). Between 2011 and 2023, he played an instrumental role in the establishment of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Biotechnology at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK). During this time, he led the development of several successful programs including Medical Biotechnology, Cellular/Molecular Biotechnology, and Forensics, all of which received notable CAA and ABET accreditations. Prof. Maxime Merheb also boasts extensive administrative experience, having served as Associate Dean for seven academic years, and one academic year as Registrar and Director of Admission. Professor Maxime Merheb also serves as Peer Evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in the USA and is a certified reviewer for the UAE Commission of Academic Accreditation (CAA).

Prof. Maxime Merheb has made significant research contributions in the development of novel PCR techniques, revolutionizing the fields of medical biotechnology, fraud detection in animal-origin processed products, and forensics. One remarkable collaboration with Hermès and the National Museum of Music in Paris involved restoring the last conserved copy of the Grand Piano crafted by Sébastien Érard in 1802. This restoration project involved the identification of ancient leather and glue species origins using state-of-the-art PCR and DNA barcoding techniques. His current research areas relate to genetic profiling, medicinal plants, human cancer, resistant bacteria, and genes linked to human diseases.