Sabrina Absalon, Ph.D.
ALWIS Vice-President & Chair of Mentoring
Born and raised in France, I grew up among a multicultural family with a French mother and a Kabyle Father. My passion for understanding how Nature works led me to pursue a Ph.D. at the University Pierre and Marie in Dr. Philippe Bastin's Lab at Pasteur Institute Paris, where I focused on studying flagellum assembly and function in the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei.
Then I moved to Boston for my first postdoctoral training in Dr. Anna Krichevsky's Lab at the Harvard Institute of Medicine to determine the contribution of microRNAs to Alzheimer's disease progression. In 2011, I went back to parasitology and joined a research group led by Dr. Jeffrey Dvorin at Boston Children's Hospital, where I studied the molecular pathogenesis of malaria infection. In October 2019, I joined the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where I am currently an Assistant professor.
While women represent more than half of the human population, we are a minority in the world of science. The Algerian Women In Science can change the gender narrative in science, and I am here to inspire, promote, and mentor them so Algerian women in science can contribute to change our world.