Mirvat El-Sibai received her B.Sc. in Biology from the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon, in 1999. From 1999-2001 she worked in the physiology department at the school of Medicine at AUB with Dr. Fadia Homaidan and Dr. Marwan El-Sabban. In 2002 she then joined the group of Dr. Ying Huang at the Upstate Medical College in Syracuse, USA, where she worked in the department of Molecular Pharmacology on the role of the PI3K pathway in cancer. From 2002-2006, she did her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology and analytical microscopy at Albert Einstein college of Medicine in New York. She did her thesis project in the laboratories of Dr. Jonathan Backer and in collaboration with Dr. John Condeelis and Dr. Klaus Hahn. She also worked with Dr. Anne Bresnick, Dr. Dianne Cox, Dr. Jeff Segall and Dr. Marc Symons. In her PhD thesis, she examined signaling pathways responsible for breast cancer cell metastasis. In 2006, she did a post-doctoral fellowship further developing and testing in vivo microscopy-based biosensors that measure the activation of RhoGTPase proteins in cancer cells undergoing motility. She then did a post-doctoral fellowship (2007-2009) in the laboratories of Dr. Pierre Zalloua at the Lebanese American University on human genetics, where she headed the National Geographic's the Genographic project, genotyping human samples and mapping populations based on Y-chromosome lineage.
El-Sibai is the recipient of the American Society of Cell Biology award and the Marine Biological Laboratories (MBL, Woodshole, USA) microscopy award, where she completed an advanced analytical microscopy and imaging workshop.
In 2009, she joined the Natural Science department at LAU in Beirut as an assistant professor of Biology. She now teaches graduate Advanced Molecular Biology and Signaling in Cancer courses and well as undergraduate Genetics and Cell and Molecular Biology courses. Her research interest is signaling pathways responsible for cancer cell metastasis, with a focus on RhoGTPases.
Member of the Lebanese Cancer Society (LCS)
Member and Ambassador of the American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB)
Member of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)
Member of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)
Member of the Toufoula non-governmental organization
The New York representative of The Lebanese Expats Organization