Ghizlane Bendriss, PhD

Ghizlane Bendriss
Assistant Professor of 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 career in research at the Center for Research in Oncobiology and Oncopharmacology in France, before joining Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar in 2011. Dr. Ghizlane teaches biological sciences and neurophysiology to premedical students, where she focuses on the 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 and to obtain her Board Certification as a Lifestyle Medicine Professional in 2020. 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 UREP grant in 2017 to run one of the first clinical explorations on the gut microbiome in Qatar, winning the first prize of the 12th annual competition, and publishing several publications. She is also the lead investigator of the first music-based clinical trial registered for Qatar, a neuromusicology study on Middle Eastern music. She developed and is the course director of several continuing professional development courses that are serving her aims of raising awareness of the importance of lifestyle, including: 1.The Training in Music Based Interventions and 2. The Role of the Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease. 

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.