Noureddine Ben Khalaf
Biochemist/ Molecular Biologist
Scientist with a strong background in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Structural Bioinformatics, I have over 10 years of research and development experience in translational medicine and health biotechnology. I worked since 2004 as a R&D engineer in the Institute Pasteur of Tunis, followed by a Master and PhD, I started an academic experience as an Assistant Professor and Associate Researcher at Pasteur Institute. My main focus was on parasite-host interaction studies to further understand parasite virulence mechanisms and identify new drug target for leishmaniasis. In 2009, I had the opportunity to work as an Invited Scientist at the University of California in San Francisco, in the Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases (CDIPD) and Small Molecules Discovery Center (SMDC), where I run a project on High-throughput screening for anti-leishmanial drug discovery. In 2008, I co-founded a start-up company in Tunisia under the name of “CarthaGenomics Advanced Technologies”, a biotechnology company working in the field of DNA technologies. I was a consulting engineer providing scientific support to our different partners on specific research projects involving DNA technologies (gene silencing, diagnostics, drug discovery). Actually, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Al-Jawhara Center for Molecular Medicine and Inherited Diseases.