AGYA Member

Olfa Messaoud

Human Genetics

Areas of Expertise:
Human Genetics for Rare & Ultra-rare Diseases, Next Generation Sequencing for Genetic Diagnosis


About me

I work as an Associate Professor at the Institut Pasteur in Tunis.
There, I am responsible for the genetic disease diagnostic unit and am investigating rare genetic disorders, in particular DNA-repair diseases. I had the opportunity to train Tunisian and foreign postgraduate students, mainly from North Africa, introducing them to molecular diagnosis for several non-communicable diseases that are quite frequent in their countries. Furthermore, my involvement in many multidisciplinary research projects made me aware of the common challenges that researchers face around the world.  This has pushed me to join AGYA. Being a member of AGYA represents for me an open window to the world that promotes research exchange on an interdisciplinary level and strengthens international collaboration. Particularly, I link my current field of research with the Social Sciences and Humanities in order to conduct research on ethical and social issues related to human genetics and genomics.


Current projects

     

  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Health and Society
  • Integrative Multi-omics-based Simulation Framework project funded by the H3ABionet
  • Principal investigator of an internal collaborative project ‘Pilot project for establishing an institutional registry of patients with rare diseases’
  • International project ‘Setting up a Mediterranean Research Network for the study of rare diseases in the Mediterranean area’
  • International ACIP project ‘Post Genomic tools for disease gene identification: pilot project of Maghrebian populations’
  • Genomedika project: an FP7 era-wide EU funded project ‘Reinforcing IPT capacities in Genomics Medicine, Non-communicable Diseases Investigation and international Cooperation Activities
  • International Qatar foundation project ‘Breast Cancer in Middle Eastern and North African Populations: from cancer-oriented genomic and proteomic approaches towards preventive and predictive medicine’
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Academic Career

 

2014 -

 
 

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics Laboratory, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunisia

 
 

2011 - 2014

 
 

Post-doctoral Researcher, Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics Laboratory, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunisia

 
 

2010

 
 

PhD, “Molecular Investigation of Genetic Orphan Diseases” Research Unit, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunisia

 
 

2006

 
 

Master, “Molecular Investigation of Genetic Orphan Diseases” Research Unit, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunisia

 

Selected Publications

     

  • Messaoud O, Ben Rekaya M, Jerbi M, Ouertani I, Kefi R, Laroussi N, Bouyacoub Y, Benfadhel S, Yacoub-Youssef H, Boubaker S, Zghal M, Mrad R, Amouri A, Abdelhak S. The Experience of a Tunisian Referral Centre in Prenatal Diagnosis of Xeroderma pigmentosum. Public Health Genomics. 2013; 16: 251-4.
  • Amr K, Messaoud O, El Darouti M, Abdelhak S, El-Kamah G. Mutational spectrum of Xeroderma Pigmentosum Group A in Egyptian Patients. Gene. 2014; 533: 52-6.
  • Romdhane L, Messaoud O, Bouyacoub Y, Kerkeni E, Naouali C, Cherif Ben Abdallah L, Tiar A, Charfeddine C, Monastiri K, Chabchoub I, Hachicha M, Tadmouri GO, Romeo G, Abdelhak S. Comorbidity in the Tunisian Population. Clin Genet. 2016; 89: 312-9.
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Contact

University Tunis El-Manar, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics

13, Place Pasteur Tunis Belvédère 1002, Tunisia

+216 718 437 55 Ext. 574
olfa.messaoud(at)pasteur.tn

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