Saida Hadjab

Principal researcher

About me

Current position: Senior Researcher and Principle Investigator

Main interests:  neural stem cells, neuronal development, neuronal diversification, pain disorders, pluripotency, transcriptional regulation, neurological disorders

Previous research appointments

Francois Lallemend's lab  Björn Vennström’s lab 

Brigitte Malgrange’s lab 

Marlies Knipper’s lab 

Research description

My research consists in identifying the molecular mechanisms that control neurogenesis and specification during development and neuronal homeostasis in adult, with a particular interest for pain-sensing neurons. My projects are focused on the interplays between transcription factors and chromatin modifying enzymes and how these contribute to the transition between neural precursor cell maintenance and differentiation leading to neuronal diversity. Moreover, I am also very interested in understanding at the genetic level how neuronal cell functions are maintained in the adult, or affected in neuropathic pain. Gaining insight into these mechanisms could lead to targeted therapies for illnesses such as pain disorders.

Our current research focuses on the epigenetic control of nociceptor differentiation and pain perception.

Research funding - past and present

Karolinska Institutet,  Gun och Bertil Stohnes Stiftelse, Marie Curie, FNRS, Wenner Gren Stiftelse, EndoMet, Tysta Skolan

Please contact us if you are willing to support our research.

Students supervision

Graduate students

Yiqiao Wang (co-supervision)

Charles Petitpre (co-supervison)

Undergraduate students

Dinh Phong N’Guyen

Michael Entenmann

Gulistan Agirman

Lovisa Lindmark.

Vacant positions

I encourage scientists to contact me with a letter of interest, CV and letters of recommendation.


Institutional Responsibilities

Reviewer for the Karolinska Institutet Doctoral Funding

Histology teacher, DFM

Steering committee of Junior Faculty

Half-time committee member

Examination teacher

Coordinator of Career Focus Group/Junior Faculty

International Meeting Organizer:

Career System in Europe

Nordic Neuroscience 2017

Societal outreach:

Scientific Coordinator of Söderberg Foundation’ scientific Art exhibition at Museum Sven Harrys (Nov2017-Jan2018) by: ~ 8000 entrees.


Senior Researcher, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Molecular Neurobiology Unit, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Cell and Molecular biology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Post-doctoral fellow, GIGA Neuroscience, Belgium

PhD, Neuroscience, Aix-Marseille, France and Tübingen, Germany (Marie Curie Fellowship)

B.Sc., Neuroscience, Aix-Marseille, France