Dr. Christian Khalil joined LAU in 2014 as an Assistant Professor in Environmental Toxicology after completing his PhD and working as a senior lecturer (environmental toxicology) and program authority for the Master of Environmental Sciences at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia since 2002. In 2010, he became the director of International Environmental Services ( a training and consulting organization) based in Australia.
In his previous role as director of the Chemical Safety and Applied Toxicology (CSAT) labs at the University of New South Wales, his research team investigated:
- In vitro toxicology methods development for application to products testing (raw materials, cosmetic formulation);
- Nanoparticles toxicity on human derived cell cultures and human skin;
- Toxicity of welding fumes in vitro and in vivo, occupational exposure context;
- Chemical mixtures, their synergistic interactions and cytotoxicity;
- Toxicity assessment of environmental pollutants released into an aquatic environment;
- Investigation of the effect of altered NAD levels on DNA repair and survival in fibroblasts & keratinocytes (skin) cells following oxidative and U.V. damage.
He is also interested in a range of environmental research areas in Lebanon involving toxicology:
- The application of mammalian cells in screening environmental stressors in soils and river systems;
- The toxicity of artificial sun tanning chemicals on humans and their genotoxic and immunologic potential;
- The toxicity of car exhaust fumes on human lungs- an in vitro approach;
- Toxicity of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) .
- Ghauri, B., Manshaa, M., Khalil, C. (2012) Characterization of cytotoxicity of airborne particulates from urban areas of Lahore. Journal of Environmental Sciences 24:11, 2028–2034.
- Soni, B., Visavadiya, N, P., Dalwadi, N, Madamwar, D., Winder C., and Khalil, C. (2010) Purified c-phycoerythrin: safety studies in rats and protective role against permanganate mediated fibroblast-DNA damage. Journal of Applied Toxicology - 30: 542–550.
- Khalil, C., Nasir J. (2010) Toxicity of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) mixtures using human derived cells. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (132):3- 12.
- Khalil, C., Winder, C. (2008) Surface water toxicity assessment by ecotoxicological and in vitro toxicological assays. WIT Transactions on Biomedicine and Health (110):253- 262.
- Khalil C. (2008) Editorial: Managing the OHS environment Link. The Journal of Occupational Health and Safety — Australia and New Zealand 24 (2):91-96 Khalil, C. (2008) Managing the OHS environment Link. OHS Alert (feature Article) CCH Australia Limited (2):1-5.
- Khalil, C. (2006) Combining Three in vitro assays for detecting early signs of UVB cytotoxicity in cultured human skin fibroblasts. WIT Transactions on Biomedicine and Health (10):349-359 Bakand, S., Winder, C., Khalil, C., and Hayes, A. (2006). An experimental in vitro model for dynamic direct exposure of human cells to airborne contaminants. Toxicology Letters (165):1-10.
- Bakand, S., Winder, C., Khalil, C., Hayes, A. (2006). In Vitro Cytotoxicity of Formaldehyde and Gluatardehyde mixtures in human cells J. of UOEH (28):173-178.
- Bakand, S., Winder, C., Khalil, C., Hayes, A. (2005). A novel in vitro exposure technique for toxicity of selected volatile organic compounds. J. Environmental Monitoring (7):1-5.
- Bakand, S., Winder, C., Khalil, C., Hayes, A (2005). Toxicity assessment of industrial chemicals and airborne contaminants: Transition from in vivo to in vitro test methods: A review. Inhalation Toxicology 17(13):775-787.
- Bakand, S., Winder, C., Khalil, C., Hayes, A. (2005). Novel in vitro exposure techniques for toxicity testing and biomonitoring of airborne contaminants. ALTEX 22 (Spl):184
- Azzi, R., Hayes, A., Khalil, C., Winder, C. (2005). An in vitro study of the interactive effect of 24 binary and ternary mixtures from the GHS classification groups. ALTEX 22(Spl):128.
- Bakand, S., Hayes, A., Winder, C., Khalil, C., Markovic B. (2005). In vitro cytotoxicity testing of airborne formaldehyde collected in serum-free media. Toxicology and Industrial Health 21: 1-8.
- Khalil C. (2007). Environmental Sustainability, in Australian Master OHS and Environment Guide - 2nd editions (2007) ISBN 978-921223655.
- Khalil C. (2007). Managing the OHS environment Link, in Australian Master OHS and Environment Guide - 2nd editions (2007) ISBN 978-921223655.
- Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology and Health, University of New South Wales, Australia
- M.S. in Environmental Studies, , University of New South Wales, Australia
- B.S. in Biology, Haigazian University, Lebanon.
Assistant Professor in Environmental Toxicology
Office: Nicol 308 B, Beirut/Bloc A 805, Byblos