I was born and raised in Tunisia. I graduated as a BSc in cell biology from the Aix-Marseille University, France. Working on projects related to infectious diseases, immunology and public health has always been a special interest of mine. I hold an Msc in infectious diseases from the university of Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France. During this Msc program, I undertook two internships in the International Center of Infectiology Research, in Lyon, France. My work focused investigating the molecular mechanisms of Ebola virus pathogenesis and the mechanisms of transcription regulation of the editing phenomena during Ebola virus infection.
Due to my passion for immunology and its applications (especially vaccines) I joined a second Master program in Leading International Vaccinology Education (LIVE) that I completed thanks to an Erasmus+ Mundus scholarship. The LIVE master is an international two-year program funded by the European Commission for talented and motivated students interested in multidisciplinary studies in vaccinology. During the master I studied in the University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), University of Antwerp (Belgium), University of Lyon, and University of Saint-Étienne (France), where I have been trained in vaccine science, public health, communication, immunology, infectiology, epidemiology and European languages. I completed my master thesis working at the Pirbright institute (Pirbright, UK) studying the immune responses to vaccination with different Nipah vaccine candidates in pigs.
Joining the VacPath consortium as a PhD student at Utrecht University is a unique opportunity to develop as a scientist in the vaccine field, with a great network and collaborative working environment that I hope it will be a boost for a fruitful career and ultimately intended to make significant contributions for improving human and animal health.