Professor Merched received his Ph.D. in Clinical Biochemistry and Human
Molecular Genetics from the University of Nancy, France in 1998. He spent 5 years
as a Post Doc in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. In
2003, he was appointed to the faculty at the Instructor level, and in 2004, he was
promoted to Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor.

In 2011, he was elected as Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) for his
major contributions in cardiovascular  basic sciences. In the same year, he was
awarded an
HDR habilitation from the university of Bordeaux, France for his
achievements. In 2013, he accepted a full professor position at the Pharmacy
School of Bordeaux University in France, where he is leading the Laboratory of Cell

His awards and honors include American Heart Association, Marie Curie
Fellowship, French Ministry of Education, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, French
Committee for Coordination of Research in Atherosclerosis, Cholesterol and
Lipids, Hariri Foundation.

Prof. Merched has authored and co-authored over 80 publications, invited talks, and
conference proceedings. He is a member of the American Heart Association, the
International Society of Atherosclerosis, and the American Society of Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology. He is currently member of the editor board of
Journal of
Molecular and Genetic Medicine.

Prof. Merched's research interests have focused on the role of inflammation in the
etiology of many physiopathological processes including Alzheimer's disease,
cardiometabolic diseases and cancer. Success depends on keeping up with the
latest cellular and molecular technical advances, surgical procedures, using and
creating the latest genetically modified animal models.

The practical objective of our research is to understand the genetic information and
the regulation pathways to identify pharmaceutical targets and to design more
efficacious interventions. Our studies are defining, at the molecular level, novel
mechanisms of pathogenesis.
Professor of Cellular Biology
Director of the Laboratory of Cell Biology
Pharmacy School, University of Bordeaux
PI at the  INSERM U10
35, Bordeaux
Professor Aksam J. Merched
Aksam J. Merched, PhD, HDR, FAHA