Olfa Messaoud

AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future

 Olfa Messaoud
  • Human Genetics

Areas of Expertise:
Human genetics for rare and ultra-rare diseases; Development of molecular tests for genetic diagnosis; Next generation sequencing for undiagnosed phenotypes

2018 - 2023


University Tunis El Manar, Tunisia

Institut Pasteur de Tunis
Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics
13, place Pasteur
1002 Tunis, Belvédère

+216 718 437 55 Ext. 574

About me

I work as an Assistant Professor at the Pasteur Institute of Tunis, where I am responsible for the Genetic Disease Diagnostic Unit and investigate rare genetic disorders, particularly DNA-repair diseases. My research interests follow two primary strands. First, I aim to identify the genetic basis of undiagnosed photogenodermatoses, and second, I focus on developing new tools for molecular biology applications using advanced materials and nanotechnology. My involvement in many multidisciplinary research projects made me aware of the common challenges that researchers face globally and motivated me to join AGYA.

For me, AGYA represents an open window to the world that promotes research exchange on an interdisciplinary level and strengthens international collaboration.

More specifically, it gives me the chance to 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. It also pushes me to achieve innovative research via collaborative interaction with other disciplines.

My Commitment to AGYA
Former AGYA Co-President (2022-2023)
Former Member in Charge of the Working Group 'Health and Society'
Selection Committee 'New AGYA Members' (2021, 2022)
Former Member of the AGYA Steering Committee (2021-2022)

On a personal note

Favourite novel:
The Remedy by the Recognition of the Rights of the Chosen One by Qadi Ayyad 

The scientist from my country you should know:
Ibn Khaldoun