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Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Yara S. Beyh is a PhD candidate in Nutrition and Health Sciences at the Department of Global Health at Emory University. Her research investigates the exposure to risk factors during childhood on the development of diabetes in low and middle-income countries.

Using artificial intelligence, single-cell RNA sequencing, statistical analyses, and the cell-chat method, Yara’s research leverages the latest technology and investigative tools to understand how cells communicate with one another in the process of developing diabetes at a young age.

Beyond this, Yara has made important contributions to the ongoing work of her colleagues at the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center and the Emory School of Medicine in areas such as diabetes, cancer, and transcriptomics. She has also published prolifically in nutrition, immunology, and health economics and peer-reviewed numerous publications in her field.

Prior to joining Emory, Yara completed her Bachelors of Science and Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She also served as a Research Assistant in Biostatics at AUB and an Instructor in Nutrition and Food Science at the Lebanese University.

More about Yara's career can be found on her LinkedIn page and ORCID.

Contact Information

Atlanta , GA



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Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent Health/Child Health
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomarkers
  • Cardiometabolic Diseases
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Epidemiology
  • Epigenetics
  • Health Promotion
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition


  • Bachelor of Science 2011, American University of Beirut
  • Masters of Science 2017, American University of Beirut

Affiliations & Activities

Member of the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center at Emory University

Member of the Bhasin Systems Biomedicine Lab at Emory University

Member of Precision Environmental Health at Columbia University

Member of The American Society for Nutrition

Member of the American Diabetes Association

Member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut (North America)