Aicha Massrali

 

Doctoral Scientist

Aicha is studying sex steroid physiology in the autistic brain using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). In the latter she is modeling neuronal development and gene expression in the autistic brain, with a particular interest in how fetal androgens and estrogens affect methylation in genes expressed in the autistic brain.

She is co-supervised by Dr Jason Carroll at Cancer Research UK in Cambridge, Professor Jack Price, Director of the Centre for the Cellular Basis of Behavior at King's College London (KCL), and Dr Mark Kotter at the Laboratory of Regenerative Medicine (LRM), Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge. Her advisors include Dr Deepak Srivastava at KCL and Professor Ludovic Vallier (LRM).

Prior to coming to Cambridge she completed an MSc in Biotechnology at the University of Greenwich, a BSc in Biotechnology at the University for Modern Science and Arts, Egypt, where she was also Assistant Lecturer and Teaching Assistant. She was also Research Assistant in the Breast Cancer Lab at Cairo University and the National Cancer Institute, Egypt. 

She is funded by the Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust Yousef Jameel Scholarship.


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