Senior Scientist, Genomics and Human Genetics lab, Institut Pasteur du Maroc, Casablanca, Morocco
Dr. Barakat is senior scientist at the Institut Pasteur in Morocco, head of the genomics and human genetics research unit. He is mainly involved in studying the molecular basis of monogenic rare diseases (deafness, immune deficiency disease, DNA repair diseases, cancer and type II diabetes), Dr. Barakat has contributed to the mapping of several genes of autosomal recessive non-syndromic hearing loss and the molecular characterization of several genetic diseases in the Moroccan population, thus providing tools for the diagnosis of genetic diseases in North Africa . Dr Barakat has been interested in research since 1989 in the field of general biology and in particular biochemistry and genetics The research topics of current interest are: neuro-sensory deficits (deafness), metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, hereditary cancer, genodermatoses. Dr. Barakat also supervised 22 students for their PhD and supervised several master's students.. He has been involved in several projects funded by different organizations. Mr. Barakat obtained a master's degree in biology, a doctorate in human molecular genetics from Montpellier II University, in the laboratory of Dr. André Picard and post-doc at the Gustave Roussy Institute in the laboratory of Professor M. Amor-Gueret . Dr. Barakat is currently an elected member of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Mediterranean Health Genomics and Biotechnologies Network (EMGBHN) and a member of the Moroccan Society of Molecular Genetics and the Moroccan Society of Research and Development.