Bou Dagher-Kharrat is the head of the Department of Life and Earth Science and the director of the Biodiversity and Functional Genomics laboratory of the Faculty of Science at the Saint Joseph University of Beirut (USJ), where she will carry out her research.
In a press release, the university lauded her “contagious passion for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration.”
The university also announced that her project is entitled “Restoring the Luster of the Rainbow Goddess: Oncocyclus irises.” This is inspired by the mythological Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris.
It is worth mentioning that Bou Dagher-Kharrat is the president of the local NGO Jouzour Loubnan as well as the founder of the online database “Lebanese flora,” for which she received the UNESCO-L’OREAL award for “Women in Science” in 2008.
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