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I obtained an equivalent of BSc (D.E.U.G and Licence) in France in Cell Biology and Physiology from University Blaise Pascal , Faculty of  Sciences and Technologies in France (known now as Universite Clermont Auvergne ). I continued my postgraduate studies with a master in Molecular Biology and Immunology Applied and a PhD in Molecular Biology in the Laboratory of Molecular Oncology led by Prof Yves-Jean Bignon  (Thesis title: Search for new onco-suppressor genes implicated in hereditary predisposition to breast cancer ; University Blaise Pascal).  I continued my interest in Cancer Genetics with my first postdoctoral position in Montreal (Quebec - Canada) in the department of Human Genetics at McGill University in the lab of Prof Patricia Tonin.  During four years I was investigating a putative tumour suppressor region on Chromosome 17q25 in somatic ovarian cancer. I became familiar with high throughput technologies such as gene expression microarrays (GEM, Genechips from Affymetrix ) to identify new tumour suppressor genes involved in sporadic ovarian cancer. After this first position, I moved to London in Prof Chris Boshoff lab (18 months) and in Prof Adrienne Flanagan’s lab (9 years) at UCL where I continued my interest in cancer genetics and genomics but this time on mesenchymal  (sarcoma) and bone neoplasms.

I joined  the University of Westminster in May 2014.

I am co-editor of a new text book title entitled  'Molecular Diagnostics' for Oxford University Press (OUP) in the Biomedical Sciences series  published in March 2019. https://global.oup.com/ukhe/product/molecular-diagnostics-9780198777069?cc=gb&lang=en&

I am the guest editor for a special issue for 2020/2021 on  "Identification of Candidate Genes for Breast and Ovarian Cancer" with the MDPI Open access journal   'Cancers'.

I obtained a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Higher Education in March 2016 and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

I am a Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB) , the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland and the European Society for Cancer Research (EACR)

Since October 2016 I am the Director of the 'Westminster Genomics Services' ([email protected]).

Teaching

I teach principally Molecular Pathology and Cancer Genetics/Genomics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I am module leader for 'Systems Biology' & 'Advances in Cellular Pathology' (level 7 - MSc) 

Research

My research focuses principally on developing new bioinformatics approaches in collaboration with the department of computer science (Dr Aleka Psarrou and Mr Markos Mentzelopoulos) and UCL (Division of Surgery & Interventional Science - Dr Rifat Hamoudi) to identify driver gene(s) involved in breast cancer (BC) using high throughput technologies such as Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). I am also interested in the development of new diagnostic tool for cancer as well as biobanking and ethics in translational research.

I am director of Study of a PhD Student Miss Nicola Faramarzi (BSc Hons - MSc) working on identifying new driver genes in Breast Cancer.

I am part of the Cancer Research  group in the School of Life Sciences part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences