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Ahlem Zaghmi

Postdoctoral researcher

About me

Dr. Ahlem Zaghmi received her Ph.D. degree from the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) in Canada. Her thesis work focused on developing novel therapeutic bioconjugates for neuroprotection in neurological disorders. 

After defending her thesis in December 2020, Ahlem started her postdoctoral research at Per-Johan Jakobsson group at Karolinska institute. Her research focuses on exploring inflammatory targets and pathways in cancer (i.e., neuroblastoma and colorectal cancer) to effectively treat these deadly diseases.  


2021 – present: Postdoctoral researcher, Karolinska Institute

2014 – 2020: Ph.D. Biochemistry and Neurosciences, National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS)

2010 – 2013: M.Sc. Genetics and biodiversity, Cell Biology and Physiology, Pasteur Institute

2007 – 2010: B.Sc. Life sciences, cellular and molecular biology, and biotechnology, Higher Institute of Biotechnology

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Honours and Awards:

  • 2019: Globalink Graduate Fellowship
  • 2019: Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students (PBEEE)
  • 2018: Excellence Award for student contribution
  • 2017: Excellence Award for student contribution
  • 2014: Ph.D. Excellence National Scholarship
  • 2012: M.Sc. Excellence National Scholarship


  • 2023: Elected vice-chair for Advocacy and Representation of the KIPA-KI
  • 2019: Student delegate of the institutional sustainable development committee
  • 2018: Judge at « Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, finale Québécoise »
  • 2017 & 2018: Elected INRS ambassador
  • 2017 & 2018: Student delegate of the institutional recruitment committee of INRS
  • 2017: Elected secretary of INRS student committee
  • 2016: INRS representative of the Montreal student chapter, Canadian Biomaterials Society
  • 2016: Elected student responsible of the Ph.D. program in biology