About The Author

Dr. Walid Abi Habib earned a B.S. in biology and biochemistry and an M.S. in the structures and interactions of macromolecules and functional genomics from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon. While there, he helped characterize a new strain of Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium often used as a biological pesticide, and contributed significantly to the field’s understanding of the transcriptome and proteome of the amniotic membrane in ocular pathologies. He then went on to pursue his M.S training at Université René Descartes in Paris where he worked on oligodendrocytes maturation and differentiation during central nervous system remyelination in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. He continued his scientific education by earning a Ph.D. from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, where he identified new genetic and epigenetic mechanisms related to human growth pathologies in Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome and Silver-Russell syndrome. In 2017, Dr. Abi Habib joined the laboratory of Dr. Peter W. Laird at Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he studies single-cell and cell-free DNA methylation patterns in cancer.

Revealing The Reasons Behind Clinical Resemblances Among Patients With Different Imprinting Disorders Leading To Growth Restriction

In the human genome, genetic information is carried on two copies (two chromosomes), each copy being inherited from one of the parents. For most genes, both copies (maternal and paternal) are expressed equally. However, it has been shown that ~150 human genes have been expressed from either the paternal or the maternal chromosome but not