Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat

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University Lecturer, Researcher, Chairperson

Contact information (work)

Saint Joseph University
Faculty of Science, Life and Earth Science Department
11-514 Riad El-Solh, Beirut 1107 2050, Lebanon
961 1 421382
961 1 485349
961 4 532656
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Doctorate Degree, Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1999-2001, Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris VI) University, France.
Postgraduate diploma (Diplôme d'études approfondies), Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1997-1998, University of Picardie Jules Verne, France.
Master's Degree, Animal Biology, Ecology and Hydrobiology, 1993-1997, Lebanese University, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Endemic Plants
Plant Genetics
Informal Science

Work history

Chair of the Life and Earth Science department, 2012-present, Saint Joseph University.

Chair of the Master's Degree programs (Biomarketing & Molecular Biology), 2006-2012, Saint Joseph University.

Assistant Professor, 2004-2006, Saint Joseph University.

University lecturer and researcher, 2001-2003, Saint Joseph University.

Honorary office and memberships

Board member, Organization for the Phyto-taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area [Organisation pour l'étude phyto-taxonomique de la région méditerranéenne-OPTIMA], 2012-present.

Board member, International Organization of Systematics and Evolution Biology - IOSEB, 2011-present.

Vice-president and co-founder, Jouzour Loubnan, 2008-present.

Member, International Association for Mediterranean Forests [Association Internationale Forets Méditerranéennes-AIFM], 2003-present.


Publications highlights: 
  • Bou Dagher–Kharrat, M., Abdel-Samad, N., Douaihy, B., Bourge, M., Fridlender, A., Siljak-Yakovlev, S. & Brown, S.C. (2013). DNA C-values for biodiversity screening: Case of the Lebanese flora. Plant biosystems, 147(4), 1228-1237. DOI 10.1080/11263504.2013.861530
  • Bou Dagher-Kharrat, M., Abdel Samad, F., Juin, M., Baumel, A., Pavon, D., Silkak-Yakovlev, S., & Médail, F. (2013). Phylogenetic diversity and genome sizes of Astragalus (Fabaceae) in the Lebanon biogeographical crossroads. Plant systematics and evolution. DOI 10.1007/s00606-013-0921-8
  • Bou Dagher-Kharrat, M., Douaihy, B., Restoux, G., & Machon, N. (2013). Ecological characterization of the Juniperus excelsa stands in Lebanon. Ecologia Meditteranea, 39, 169 – 180.
  • Bou Dagher-Kharrat, M., Douaihy, B., Sobierajska, K., Jasińska, A. K., Boratyńska, K., Ok, T., Romo, A., Machon, N., Didukh, Y., & Boratyński A., (2012). Morphological versus molecular markers to describe variability in Juniperus excelsa subsp. excelsa (Cupressaceae). AoB plants DOI 10.1093/aobpla/pls013 [it has been honored as "Editor's Choice" in April 2013].
  • Bou Dagher-Kharrat, M., Douaihy, B., Chetverikov, P., & Machon, N.(2011). Eriophyoid Mite of the Genus Trisetacus reported on Juniperus excelsa in Lebanon. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 4, 395-399.
  • Bou Dagher-Kharrat, M., Douaihy, B., Vendramin G., Boratyński, A., & Machon, N. (2011). High genetic diversity with moderate differentiation in Juniperus excelsa M. Bieb. from Lebanon and the Eastern Mediterranean Region. AOB Plants. DOI: 10.1093/aobpla/PLR003.
  • Bou Dagher-Kharrat, M., Mariette, S., Fady, B., Lefèvre, F., Grenier, G., Plomion, C. & Savouré, A. (2007). Geographical diversity and genetic relationships among Cedrus species assayed by AFLP. Tree Genetics & Genomes, 3, 275-285.
  • Bou Dagher-Kharrat, M., Fady, B., Lefèvre, F., Reynaud, M., Vendramin, G.G., Andizei, M., Pastorelli, R., Savouré, A., & Bariteau, M. (2003). Gene flow among different taxonomùic units: Evidence from nuclear and cytoplasmic markers in Cedrus plantation forests. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 107,1132-1138.
Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 
  • Speaker, "Phylogenetics and genetic diversity of endemic Irises of Lebanon", Monocots V Conference, Fordham University, New York, 2013.
  • Invited speaker, "Genetic diversity assessment of conservation of Cerdus and Juniperus in Lebanon: Store, certify and exchange the role of biobanks for research and protetcion of forest biodiversity", Viterbo, Italy, April 19-21, 2012.
  • Speaker, "Nuclear DNA C-values measurements as rapid tool for biodiversity screening: Case of the Lebanese flora", XX Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, California, January 14-18, 2012.
  • Invited Speaker, "Recherches conduites aujourd'hui sur la biodiversité terrestre au Liban" [recent research conducted on terrestrial biodiversity in Lebanon], Program workshop BioDiversity of the Mediterranean Experiment organized by Chantier MISTRALS, Marseille, November 8-9, 2011.
  • Invited Speaker, "Lebanon biodiversity under threat", a workshop organized by MISTRALS, La Valleta, Malta, March 30- April 2, 2011.
  • Invited Speaker, "When cytogenetic and molecular markers help with understanding phylogeny of the genus Cedrus. Conference on BioSystematics, Berlin, Germany, February 21-27, 2011.
  • Invited Speaker, "Gender rights, right to environment security, right to social progress, economic enterprise, and political participation: Women's condition and female movements in the Arab and Islamic countries", a conference entitled "Le Liban, Joyau vert de l'orient entre splendeur et calamité" [Lebanon, green jewel of the east between splendor and calamity], October 1-2, 2008.
  • Invited Speaker, "Phylogeny of Cedrus genus: Cytogenetic and molecular approaches”, a lecture presented jointly with Sonja Yakovlev at the XIIème OPTIMA meeting, Pisa, Italy, September 10-16, 2007.
  • Guest Speaker, "Genome organization, Genetic diversity and relationships in Cedrus Genus”, a lecture presented jointly with François Lefevre, Bruno Fady, Stephanie Mariette, Arnould Savouré at the IUFRO TREE BIOTECHNOLOGY, Ponta Delgada, Portugal, June 3-8, 2007.

Awards and Distinctions

Selected to join the International Visitors Leadership program "Women's Innovations in Science and Engineering" (WISE) by the U.S. department of State for her distinctive scientific work and opinion leader for plant conservation in Lebanon, 2013.

Nominated as "Outstanding Woman Scientist", Women in Science Hall of Fame 2011-2012 for her distinctive scientific work and opinion leader for plant conservation in Lebanon, 2012. (a program managed by the U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa).

Received the UNESCO-L'OREAL award for "Women in Science", for creating the first data base about Lebanon-flora promoting endemic plants, 2008.