Ghizlane Bendriss, PhD

Ghizlane Bendriss
Lecturer in Biology

 +974 4492 8209 


Aix-Marseille University, Marseilles, France, 2010


Dr. Ghizlane Bendriss holds a PhD in neurobiology and neurophysiology as well as a master’s in neurophysiology and cognitive neurosciences from the University of Aix-Marseille in France. She started her carrier in research at the Center for Research in Oncobiology and Oncopharmacology in France, before joining Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar in 2011. Dr. Ghizlane is a faculty lecturer and teaches biological sciences and neurophysiology to premedical students, in which she focuses on special senses and the sensory nervous system. Driven by her interest in the gut-brain axis, her studies on the gut microbiota led her to become an advocate of lifestyle medicine. Her main research interest is about the effect of lifestyle on the development and physiology of the brain via the modulation of the gut microbiome. She developed and is currently leading several educational and research projects on the role of the gut microbiota in neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions such as autism spectrum disorders. She obtained a QNRF grant in 2017 to run a pilot study that aimed at assessing awareness and readiness of the population in enrolling in microbiome-targeting lifestyle interventions, as well as an internal grant as a co-investigator on a study that aims to characterize the probiotic content of dairy products in Qatar.

She developed and is the course director of two continuing professional development courses that are serving her aims of raising awareness of the importance of lifestyle: 1/The Certificate in the Fundamentals of Music Therapy and 2/ The Role of the Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease.

Dr. Bendriss has managed to merge her passion for teaching, her research interests, and her love of music while leading the first EEG-based exploration of the variables affecting cortical responses to Arab Music scales, through which she is teaching her students to run an EEG, ethics of human research, statistical analysis and scientific writing. This study also serves her vision of designing a clinical trial for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Selected Publications

Courses Published / ACCME-QCHP - accredited (Course Director)

  • Role of the Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease - Ghizlane Bendriss, PhD - CPD division, WCMQ
  • Certificate in the fundamentals of Music Therapy - Ghizlane Bendriss, PhD - CPD division, WCMQ
  • The Vagus Nerve as a key mediator in the Microbiota0Gut-Brain Axis: from Research to clinical implications - Ghizlane Bendriss, PhD - CPD division, WCMQ.