Lilia Romdhane

 Lilia Romdhane
  • Bioinformatics & Genetics

Areas of Expertise:
Bioinformatics; Human genetics; Rare genetic diseases; High-throughput genotyping array; Next-generation sequencing; Genomics; Population genetics

Membership:
since 2019

Contact

University of Carthage, Tunisia

Pasteur Institute of Tunis
Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics
13 Place Pasteur, BP 74
1002 Tunis Belvédère
Tunisia

+216 97 464 780
lilia.romdhane(at)pasteur.utm.tn

About me

I am an Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Genetics in the Department of Life Sciences within the Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte, part of the University of Carthage in Tunisia. I am also an Associate Researcher at the Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics at the Pasteur Institute of Tunis. My main research activities are devoted to the study of rare genetic diseases, particularly their features in the Tunisian population, but also in the North African population more generally, which are characterized by high rates of consanguinity. With the recent availability of next-generation sequencing and high-throughput genotyping data for individual Tunisians, my research activities have shifted to the study of genome structure and its impact on health in order to provide genomic resource tools for medical genomics in North Africa. As the COVID-19 virus is an emerging disease, I have recently gotten involved in a project that aims to understand the host-pathogen interaction in the Tunisian population. As a member of AGYA, I hope to build research collaborations that will lead to innovative approaches for the management of rare genetic diseases in North African populations, as well as to improvements in the lives of people with reduced mobility.

Being an AGYA member is a great opportunity to meet people from different disciplines that will allow me to build collaborative research relationships and widen my scientific perspectives.

It is also a chance to exchange expertise at the regional and international level and to get in touch with people from different cultures in Germany and other Arab countries.


Academic career
2015 - 2020 Assistant Professor in the Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte, University of Carthage, Tunisia
2013 - 2015 University Assistant in the Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte, University of Carthage, Tunisia
2012 - 2013 University Assistant in the Higher Institute of Applied Biological Sciences, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
2012 - 2019 Associate Researcher in the Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics, Pasteur Institute of Tunis, Tunisia
2012 Ph.D. in the Bioinformatic Research Unit of the Center of Biotechnology of Sfax, Tunisia, and the Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics at the Pasteur Institute of Tunis, Tunisia
2007 Master’s degree in the Laboratory of Genetics, Immunology and Human Pathology, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Tunisia

 

My Commitment to AGYA
Task Force 'Equal Access'

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline: 
Cooper, D.N. et al. (2013). ‘Where Genotype Is Not Predictive of Phenotype: Towards an Understanding of the Molecular Basis of Reduced Penetrance in Human Inherited Disease’, Human Genetics 132(10): 1077–1130.  doi: 10.1007/s00439-013-1331-2

Favourite novel:
Poetry of Abou El Kacem Chebbi

The scientist from my country you should know:
Ibn Khaldoun