UMass Boston

Labib Rouhana

Assistant Professor
ISC Floor 04

Areas of Expertise

Regeneration, Germline development, mRNA regulation


Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Texas-El Paso.

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information


Dr. Rouhana was born and raised in Mexico, where his father and maternal grandparents settled after leaving Lebanon. Dr. Rouhana's family moved to Texas when he was a teenager.  He attended the University of Texas at El Paso and earned a B.S. in Biology.  After graduating, Dr. Rouhana attended the Genetics Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Marvin P. Wickens.  After postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois and the Kyoto University, he began an independent position as Assistant Professor at Wright State University.  Eight years later, Dr. Rouhana joined the Department of Biology at UMass Boston, where he continues to study regeneration, development, and regulation of gene expression.

Research Interests

The Rouhana laboratory uses planarian flatworms to uncover genetic mechanisms behind germline development and stem-cell driven regeneration.  The lab is particularly interested in post-transcriptional regulatory events that orchestrate developmental processes.


  • 2017 President’s Award for Excellence, Early Career Achievement (Wright State University)
  • 2016 College of Science and Math, Dean’s Early Career Teaching Excellence Award (Wright State University)
  • 2014 National Academy of Sciences Kavli Scholar
  • 2012 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2009 National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

Additional Information

Dr. Rouhana is looking for dedicated undergraduate and graduate students, as well as potential postdocs.  Please e-mail cv and goals statement to