Postodoctoral Researcher

» Professional Experience

Apr. 2021 – Present        LAAS-CNRS, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Team
Toulouse, France           Postdoc on the European project H-2020 ‘EMAPS-Cardio’ (funding: € 5.4M)
                                        Project: Development of electromechanical scaffolds for cardiac tissue engineering
                                        Supervisor: Prof. Christian Bergaud

Jul. 2019 - Dec. 2019     Harvard University, BWH-HMS, Division of Engineering in Medicine 
Cambridge, USA            Project: Development of a natural bioink for cardiac reprogramming
                                        Supervisor: Prof. Su Ryon Shin

Oct. 2018 - Jan. 2019      University of Aveiro, CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials
Aveiro, Portugal             Project: Development of a natural bioink for bone tissue engineering

                                         Supervisor: Prof. João F. Mano

Jan. 2016 – Jul. 2016       Arwan Pharmaceutical Industries, Quality Assurance Department
Jadra, Lebanon               Quality Engineer Intern 


» Education

Dec. 2017 - Feb. 2021    University of Lorraine, Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory (LIBio)
Nancy, France                PhD. Biotechnology and Food Engineering
                                        with European Doctorate Label and University of Lorraine Thesis Prize
                                        Thesis: Nanofunctionalization and biofabrication of natural hydrogels for
                                        tissue engineering applications
                                        Supervisors: Prof. Elmira Arab-Tehrany and Dr. Laura Sanchez-Gonzalez

Sep. 2016 - Sep. 2017     University of Birminigham, School of Chemical Engineering
Birmingham, UK            MSc. Advanced Chemical Engineering
                                        Project: Formulation of a novel antimicrobial cream
                                        Supervisor: Dr. Sophie C. Cox

Oct. 2012 - Dec. 2015    University of Balamand, Department of Chemical Engineering
Kurah, Lebanon             BS. Chemical Engineering
                                        Project: Nanomedicine for the treatment of diabetes
                                        Supervisor: Prof. Henri El Zakhem

» Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  1. K. Elkhoury, M. Morsink, L. Sanchez-Gonzalez, C. Kahn, A. Tamayol, E. Arab-Tehrany, Biofabrication of natural hydrogels for cardiac, neural, and bone Tissue engineering Applications. Bioactive Materials 2021, 6, 3904.
  2. K. Elkhoury, M. Morsink, Y. Tahri, C. Kahn, F. Cleymand, S. R. Shin, E. Arab-Tehrany, L. Sanchez-Gonzalez, Synthesis and characterization of C2C12-laden gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) from marine and mammalian sources. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 2021, 183, 918.
  3. R. Kadri, K. Elkhoury, G. Ben Messaoud, C. Kahn, A. Tamayol, J.F. Mano, E. Arab-Tehrany, L. Sánchez-González, Physicochemical Interactions in Nanofunctionalized Alginate/GelMA IPN Hydrogels, Nanomaterials, 2021, 11, 2256.
  4. F. Cleymand, A. Poerio, A. Mamanov, K. Elkhoury, L. Ikhelf, J. P. Jehl, C. J. F. Kahn, M. Ponçot, E. Arab-Tehrany, J. F. Mano, Development of novel Chitosan / Guar Gum inks for ‎extrusion-‎based 3D Bioprinting: Process, Printability and Properties. Bioprinting 2021, 21, e00122. (IF: -)
  5. K. Elkhoury, L. Sanchez-Gonzalez, P. Lavrador, R. Almeida, V. Gaspar, C. Kahn, F. Cleymand, E. Arab-Tehrany, J. F. Mano, Gelatin Methacrylate (GelMA) Nanocomposite Hydrogels embedding Bioactive Naringin Liposomes. Polymers 2020, 12, 2944.
  6. E. Arab-Tehrany*, K. Elkhoury*, G. Francius, L. Jierry, J. F. Mano, C. Kahn, M. Linder, Curcumin Loaded Nanoliposomes Localization by Nanoscale Characterization. IJMS 2020, 21, 7276. *Co-first authors.
  7. K. Elkhoury, P. Koçak, A. Kang, E. Arab-Tehrany, J. Ellis Ward, S. R. Shin, Engineering ‎Smart Targeting Nanovesicles and Their Combination with Hydrogels for Controlled ‎Drug Delivery. Pharmaceutics 2020, 12, 849. Highlighted on the Journal’s Cover.
  8. A. Bianchi, É. Velot, H. Kempf, K. Elkhoury, L. Sanchez-Gonzalez, M. Linder, C. Kahn, E. Arab-Tehrany, Nanoliposomes from Agro-Resources as Promising Delivery Systems for ‎Chondrocytes. IJMS 2020, 21, 3436.
  9. M. Hasan, K. Elkhoury, N. Belhaj, C. Kahn, A. Tamayol, M. Barberi-Heyob, E. Arab-Tehrany, M. Linder, Growth-Inhibitory Effect of Chitosan-Coated Liposomes ‎Encapsulating Curcumin on MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells. Marine Drugs 2020, 18, 217.
  10. J. Li, K. Elkhoury, C. Barbieux, M. Linder, S. Grandemange, A. Tamayol, G. Francius, E. Arab-Tehrany, Effects of ‎Bioactive ‎Marine-Derived ‎Liposomes on ‎Two ‎Human ‎Breast ‎Cancer ‎‎Cell Lines. Marine Drugs 2020, 18, 211.
  11. R. Kadri, J. Bacharouch, K. Elkhoury, G. Ben Messaoud, C. Kahn, S. Desobry, M. Linder, A. Tamayol, G. Francius, J. F. Mano, L. Sánchez-González, E. Arab-Tehrany, Role of active nanoliposomes in the surface and bulk mechanical properties of hybrid ‎hydrogels. ‎Mater. Today Bio 2020, 6, 100046.
  12. K. Elkhoury, C. S. Russell, L. Sanchez‐Gonzalez, A. Mostafavi, T. J. Williams, C. Kahn, N. A. Peppas, E. Arab‐Tehrany, A. Tamayol, Soft‐Nanoparticle Functionalization of ‎Natural Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering Applications. Advanced Healthcare Materials 2019, 8, 1900506.
  13. M. Hasan, K. Elkhoury, C. J. F. Kahn, E. Arab-Tehrany, M. Linder, Preparation, ‎Characterization, and Release Kinetics of Chitosan-Coated Nanoliposomes Encapsulating ‎Curcumin in Simulated Environments. Molecules 2019, 24, 2023.

» Book Chapters

  • K. Elkhoury, C. Kahn, L. Sanchez‐Gonzalez, E. Arab-Tehrany, Liposomes for Biomedical Applications. In Soft Matter for Biomedical Applications; H. Azevedo, Ed.; Royal Society of Chemistry: Cambridge, 2021.
  • L. Sanchez‐Gonzalez, K. Elkhoury, C. Kahn, E. Arab-Tehrany, Composite Hydrogels of Pectin and Alginate. In Plant and Algal Hydrogels for Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine; Elsevier, 2020.

» Conferences

  • K. Elkhoury, L. Sanchez‐Gonzalez, C. Kahn, E. Arab-Tehrany, Nanomechanical ‎and Biological Properties of Nanofunctionalized Hybrid Hydrogels, Nano Today, ‎‎2019, Lisbon, Portugal.‎
  • K. Elkhoury, L. Sanchez‐Gonzalez, C. Kahn, E. Arab-Tehrany, J. F. Mano, ‎Nanofunctionalized Natural Bioink for Bone Tissue Engineering, Nano Today, ‎‎2019, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • K. Elkhoury, L. Sanchez‐Gonzalez, C. Kahn, E. Arab-Tehrany, Nanofunctionalized Hybrid Hydrogels for Wound Healing Applications, BIOCON, 2019, Paris, France.

» Seminars

  • K. Elkhoury, L. Sanchez‐Gonzalez, E. Arab-Tehrany, The Nanofunctionalization of Natural Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering, SIReNa annual seminar, 2020, Nancy, France.
  • K. Elkhoury, L. Sanchez‐Gonzalez, E. Arab-Tehrany, Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering, ENSAIA international seminar, 2019 & 2018, Nancy, France.

» Honors & Awards

  • Thesis Prize, University of Lorraine, France 2021.
  • DrEAM International Mobility Grant, Lorraine University of Excellence, France 2019.
  • Student Travel Award, Nano Today Conference, Portugal, 2019.
  • Best Poster Award, Doctoriales de Lorraine, France 2019.
  • Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, University of Balamand, Lebanon 2015.
  • Dean’s Honor List, University of Balamand, Lebanon 2015.

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