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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 in France (Clermont II, Faculty of Sciences and Technologies). 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 Gene Candidates for Breast and Ovarian Cancers" 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) and the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

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

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.