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Rami Al Batran, Ph.D

Principal Investigator

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Education

Dr. Al Batran earned his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Arab International University, Syria, in 2009. He completed his PhD in cardiovascular pharmacology in 2014 and went on to train with Dr. John Ussher as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta. In 2020, Dr. Al Batran was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Montreal, where he established his own research lab. His primary research focus is on investigating how obesity-induced changes in energy metabolism contribute to the development of obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and how targeting energy metabolism can be a potential therapeutic strategy to combat these diseases.

Teaching

PHA1140 - Fonctionnement normal du corps humain 4 (Endocrinology)

PHA2170 - Soins pharmaceutiques : Endocrinologie (Thyroid Disorders)

SBP1007 - Fonctionnement normal et pathologique du corps humain II (The Digestive System)

Lab Members

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Abdualrahman Abdualkader

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Abdualrahman has MSc and PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from International Islamic University Malaysia. He has over five years of research experience in protein isolation and purification, as well as drug discovery of small and macro molecules.

Research axes: Role of BCAA and BCKA in Insulin Resistance

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Xiaobei Li

PhD Student

Xiaobei completed her Master's degree in 2023 from Peking Union Medical College, Tsinghua University, China. She then relocated to Montreal, Canada, to join Al Batran's laboratory in the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal. Currently, Xiaobei is conducting research on the long-term effects of a ketogenic diet on atherosclerosis in mice.

Research axes: Ketogenic Diet and Atherosclerosis

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Hamza Mechchat

Master Student

Hamza has a Master in Physiology, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah (USMBA), Fez, Morocco. He joined Al Batran's lab in 2022 seeking to learn more about metabolism and metabolic diseases and help contribute further more to this area of research.

Research axes: Ketone Bodies and Diabetic Kidney Disease

Allumni

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Stephanie Mourad

Stephanie completed her master's degree in 2023

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Justine Haddou

Justine joined the lab as an exchange student from the Université de Toulouse (France) in 2023

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