I am microbiologist with an interest in both biology and molecular biology of zoonotic pathogens within different ecological spheres.
I joined the Quadram Institute Bioscience as a Post-doctoral research scientist in June 2019 to work on a Gates funded project studying the transmission of Campylobacter in rural Bangladesh.
Previous to this, I was awarded a BSc in General Microbiology and a MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of 8 Mai 45, Guelma, Algeria. My PhD project at the PhD School of Life Sciences and Biotechnologies at the University of Sassari, Italy focused on genetic characterization of Salmonella serovars isolated from human and poultry sources in four Algerian cities, including the determination of antimicrobial resistance using phenotypic and genotypic approaches (Illumina whole genome sequencing).
In my first post-doctoral research scientist role at QIB in Prof. John Wain’s research group, I worked on designing methods for detection and isolation of Campylobacter utilising sequence- and culture-based approaches. I also worked on knowledge sharing with our collaborators in Child Health Research Foundation (CHRF) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where I had been involved in setting-up the laboratory for the Oxford Nanopore Technology sequencing.
In my new role as a post-doctoral research scientist in Dr. Janecko’s research group, I continue to be involved with the transmission of Campylobacter in rural Bangladesh project, as well as optimising a targeted metagenomic culture-independent method for studying Campylobacter populations in different ecological spheres.