URaD Scholar: Mazen Al Hammoud - BS in Biology
Mentor: Associate Professor of Biochemistry Ralph Abi-Habib
Research Topic: The Role of mTOR Activation After Arginine Deprivation in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

“URaD was a turning point in my life because now I am involved in seven research projects, two of which I am leading. I am currently working on medical projects with Cleveland Clinic mainly, and in the process of publishing few manuscripts as a co-author. I was also selected as the only undergraduate student on the advisory board of medical students of the International Journal of Clinical Research. I also obtained my peer review certificate from Publons Academy. I truly think that URaD offers a fertile ground to begin research, especially if the student is proactive and willing to build connections – it’s a domino effect,” he said.  

URaD Scholar: Nour Abi Fadel – BS in Biology, Minor in Psychology
Mentor: Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Pia Tohme
Research Topic: Predictors of eHealth Use in Students, Investigating Digital Health Literacy, Mental Health Literacy, and Reflective Functioning

“I’m passionate about reorienting digital health innovations to inclusive implementations. My primary value is increasing equity in the digital space. URaD was a ticket to become a next-generation researcher and innovator. Over a month, we learned about sustainability, valuable programming skills, and how to think like a researcher. In order to strengthen the study’s outcome, Dr. Tohme and I decided to investigate both digital health literacy and mental health literacy. Moreover, Dr. Tohme combined more psychological attributes, such as mentalization, the ability to understand mental state that underlies the overt behavior of oneself or others.”