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Arab Genomic Studies
Lotfi Chouchane
Professor, Laboratory of Immuno-Oncology, Faculty of Medicine of Monastir, Tunisia; Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar

Dr. Chouchane is professor in the departments of genetic medicine, and microbiology and immunology of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Chouchane received his Ph.D. in immunology from Pasteur Institute of Paris and the University of Paris VII. Following a four-year post-doctoral position at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, in the U.S., he obtained his D. Sc. in human genetics and immunology. He then joined the National Institute of Medical Research in Paris as senior scientist. Before joining the Branch of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Prof. Chouchane was at the Faculty of Medicine of Monastir University in Tunisia, where he worked as professor of human genetics and immunology, and chief of the laboratory of immuno-oncology. He was the chair of the department of basic science during the period between 1996-2002. In 2002, he was appointed by the Tunisian government as a member of a commission to oversee all aspects of the education and research mission in the medicine and biotechnology field. In 2004, he was appointed as scientific advisor to the Minister of Scientific Research and Technology of Tunisia, coordinator of the European Commission program and member of the steering committee of the National Center for Cancer Research. Dr. Chouchane is a member of the steering committee of the WHO consortium of genetics of nasopharyngeal cancer, member of the advisory board of the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies of Dubai, and member of the advisory board of Morrison law firm, a patent firm in New York. His current research interests include the genetics and immunology of multi-factorial diseases including cancer.