Tarek Lahjouji holds an M.Sc. from University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, in Physiology, Pharmacology, and Biomedical Science with four years in doctoral research in mycotoxins (patulin in apples and grapes). He is keen with a strong wish to pursue his research career.
Science-related Work Experience:
Tarek has gained academic research-related and work-related experience during his different internships and active participation in conferences. He obtained his B.Sc. in 2011 with neuroendocrinology research on the interaction between both systems the nervous and endocrine systems. Simultaneously, he completed a nine month practicum placement at the research laboratory of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University in Morocco. In 2013, he obtained his M.Sc. in Physiology, Pharmacology, and Biomedical Science. He carried out a three month internship in Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University and a research project that tackled the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. During 2013–2017, Tarek was a doctoral candidate in Morocco. His research project sheds light on mycotoxins (patulin in apples and grapes). To reinforce his research, he undertook a laboratory internship at TOXALIM Research Centre in Food Toxicology which is Joint Research Unit of INRA in Toulouse, France. Furthermore, Tarek undertook a tutorship to deliver lessons of vegetal, animal and cellular biology to the university undergraduate students. In addition, he participated actively in several seminars and conferences and delivered his research findings in different countries including Morocco and Tunisia. Currently, he is undertaking a PhD at National Institute of Agronomic Research, TOXALIM, which tackles “the effects of the mycotoxin Zearalenone and co-occurring mycotoxin mixtures on the function of the intestine”
Other Professional Points-of-Interest:
Tarek is a dynamic active member of the international nonprofit organization -ENACTUS MOROCCO- that operates in more than 100 countries and inspires students to initiate community development projects in order to integrate people and assist them to develop their livelihoods and living conditions. Also, he has been a Taekwondo athlete for several years. He also speaks fluent French and Arabic and he is qualified to use English professionally.
Area of science:
Merete Eggesbø is an environmental epidemiologist with expertise in adverse effects of environmental chemicals and gut microbiota. Merete leads a small research group in environmental epidemiology, secured by her own grants. Having obtained an MD from the University of Oslo and a PhD in epidemiology and food allergy Merete is the Principal Investigator of the prospective HUMIS & NoMIC birth cohorts, which was established in order to study environmental toxicants and gut microbiota and child health. The cohorts encompass more than 2600 children and an extensive longitudinal data collection. Publications to date include the role of persistent toxicants such as HCB, PCB, DDE, BFRs and PFCs, as well as the composition of gut microbiota, in early life for child health.
Merete is affiliated with the Dept. of Environmental Exposure and Epidemiology Norwegian Institute of Public Health and has an extensive network of international collaborators. Merete is also an appointed consultant on a contract with NIEHS, NC, US, on research on environmental samples in MoBa.
Supervisor of ESR 2 (Identifying mixtures of contaminants associated with adverse child health outcomes)
Area of science:
Isabelle's research focuses on the toxicity of mycotoxins. These fungal toxins are naturally occurring contaminants that are commonly found in food and feed. She has developed in vitro (cell culture), ex vivo (tissue explant) and in vivo (animal) models to analyse their toxicity. She focused on the effect of these food contaminants on the intestine using both physiological and omics approaches. Her work aims at characterising the effects and the mode of action of mycotoxins on human and animals.
Currently Isabelle is Research Director and the deputy head of the Toxalim - Research Centre of Food toxicology at INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) in Toulouse. There she is the head of the "biosynthesis and toxicity of mycotoxins” team. Isabelle trained as an engineer in Agricultural Sciences in Rennes, did a PhD in Tours and a post-doc at the NIH in Bethesda, USA. She is an expert for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES).
Supervisor of ESR6 (Effect of Zearalenone, an oestrogenic mycotoxin, alone or in combination on the intestine).