The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

Ghada El Zakhem Naous

Ghada El Zakhem Naous joined LAU in October 1998 as a full time instructor, and was promoted to a senior instructor rank. She had done many theoretical project studies in physical and in organic chemistry fields. Her thesis work was on the synthesis and transition metal coordination of substituted phenanthrolines. As of 2019, she became the director of the Honors and Freshman Programs. 

Currently she is carrying research projects to determine the amount of acrylamide present in food consumed over daily basis - acrylamide was classified into Group 2A as probably carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The major aim behind working on this topic is to hopefully point on the ways that facilitate the development of improved industrial processes and domestic cooking conditions to regulate the acrylamide content and in turn reduce its effects on the diet after consumption. She is also part of the research cluster of toxicology aiming to identify the quality of food and beverages present in the Lebanese market. Naous also has practical and theoretical experience in instrumental analysis including HPLC, Gas Chromatography, Liquid chromatography- mass spectrometry and elemental analysis.

She taught freshman and sophomore courses in addition to sophomore and junior laboratory courses including CHM 101, CHM 201, CHM 202, CHM 203, CHM 204, CHM 205, CHM 310, CHM 313 and CHM 314.

Outside academia, Naous is a volunteer in a religious organization that aims to help needy and poor individuals; adding to this being an active member and one of the organizing committee of Saint Elias Center for Continual Development (SECCD), a center which offers a variety of activities to serve building up a healthy generation.


Ghada El- Zakhem Naous , Areej Merhi, Mohamad Mroueh and Robin I. Taleb, Carcinogenic and Neurotoxic Risks of Acrylamide Consumed through Caffeinated Beverages among the Lebanese Population, Chemosphere2018, 208, 352-357. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.05.1850045-6535.

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