Maya Bassil

Associate Professor of Human Nutrition

Dr. Maya Bassil is an associate professor of nutrition. Her principal line of research is nutrition in obesity and its comorbidities, mainly Type2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM).

Research Interests and Projects

Using both animal models and human subjects, Dr. Bassil has conducted various studies with clinical implications for nutritionists, dietitians, and other health professionals, and which set the stage for promising dietary and interdisciplinary management of obesity and T2DM.

Other research initiatives, stemming from her outreach and service to the community, address aspects of the environmental and food safety crises afflicting Lebanon. These include investigating gluten contamination in gluten-free labeled products and assessing determinants of contaminants in human milk in Lebanon. Findings from these research initiatives can serve as a guide for legislative measures and regulations, as well as awareness campaigns in the areas of food and environmental contamination in Lebanon.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Bassil is also a licensed dietitian in Lebanon and an active member of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Canadian Obesity Network (CON). In addition, she is an executive member of the Lebanese Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (LAND) since 2014.

Besides academia, Dr. Bassil’s extracurricular activities encompass activism and involvement in feminist movements for the attainment of women’s human rights in Lebanon and the region. She also practices various fitness exercises, mainly tennis and yoga.

Selected Publications

  1. Coussa, A., Bassil, M., Gougeon, R., Marliss, E. B., & Morais, J. A. (2020). Glucose and protein metabolic responses to an energy‐but not protein‐restricted diet in type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. doi: 10.1111/dom.14026. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Nasrallah, P., Haidar, E. A., Stephan, J. S., El Hayek, L., Karnib, N., Khalifeh, M., Barmo, N., Jabre, N., Houbeika, R., Ghanem, A., Nasser, J., Zeeni, N., Bassil, M., Sleiman, S. F. (2019). Branched-chain amino acids mediate resilience to chronic social defeat stress by activating BDNF/TRKB signaling. Neurobiology of stress, 11, 100170. doi: 10.1016/j.ynstr.2019.100170.
  3. Sukkarieh-Haraty, O., Egede, L. E., Abi Kharma, J., & Bassil, M. (2019). Diabetes fatalism and its emotional distress subscale are independent predictors of glycemic control among Lebanese patients with type 2 diabetes. Ethnicity & health, 24(7), 767-778. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1373075. Epub 2017 Sep 4.
  4. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., El-Jor, C., Kharma, J. A., Bassil, M., & Zeeni, N. (2019). Personality, emotion-related variables, and media pressure predict eating disorders via disordered eating in Lebanese university students. Eating and Weight Disorders-Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 24(2), 313-322. doi: 10.1007/s40519-017-0387-8. Epub 2017 Apr 18.
  5. Farra, A., Zeenny, R., Nasser, S., Asmar, N., Milane, A., Bassil, M., … & Hoffart, N. (2018). Implementing an interprofessional education programme in Lebanon: overcoming challenges. EMHJ, 24(9-2018). doi: 10.26719/2018.24.9.914.
  6. Sukkarieh-Haraty, O., Egede, L. E., Kharma, J. A., & Bassil, M. (2018). Psychometric properties of the Arabic version of the 12-item diabetes fatalism scale. PloS one, 13(1), e0190719. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0190719. eCollection 2018.
  7. Bassil, M., Daou, F., Hassan, H., Yamani, O., Kharma, J. A., Attieh, Z., & Elaridi, J. (2018). Lead, cadmium and arsenic in human milk and their socio-demographic and lifestyle determinants in Lebanon. Chemosphere, 191, 911-921. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.10.111. Epub 2017 Oct 27.
  8. Sukkarieh-Haraty, O., Egede, L. E., Kharma, J. A., & Bassil, M. (2018). Predictors of Diabetes Fatalism Among Arabs: A Cross-Sectional Study of Lebanese Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of religion and health, 57(3), 858-868. doi: 10.1007/s10943-017-0430-0.
  9. Elaridi, J., Bassil, M., Kharma, J. A., Daou, F., & Hassan, H. F. (2017). Analysis of Aflatoxin M1 in Breast Milk and Its Association with Nutritional and Socioeconomic Status of Lactating Mothers in Lebanon. Journal of food protection, 80(10), 1737-1741. doi: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-17-083.
  10. Hassan, H., Elaridi, J., & Bassil, M. (2017). Evaluation of gluten in gluten-free-labeled foods and assessment of exposure level to gluten among celiac patients in Lebanon. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 1-6. doi: 10.1080/09637486.2017.1303461. Epub 2017 Mar 21.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Human Nutrition, McGill University, QC, Canada
  • MS in Nutrition, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, American University of Beirut, Lebanon