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Arab Genomic Studies
Moein Kanaan
Professor of Molecular Genetics, Dean of science, Director of the Hereditary Research Lab, Bethlehem University, Palestine

Dr. Moein Kanaan is a professor of Molecular Genetics and a leading Palestinian geneticist. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Kanaan has been investigating the genetically isolated Palestinian population and its high consanguinity rate and identifying the genetic basis human disorders; these include: hearing loss, skin abnormalities, breast cancer and congenital heart diseases. By studying large consanguineous Palestinian kindred, Dr. Kanaan’s collaborative work has been able to profile novel and variant alleles undermining hearing loss and Epidermolysis Bullosa in the Palestinian population and just recently mapped and identified a few new hearing loss causing genes. Dr. Kanaan has been a member of the Research Task Force in Palestine. He has many publications to his credit and has participated in many international research effort and scientific networks. Dr. Kanaan is a recipient of many research and scientific awards.