10 October 2018 | Münster

S2BMRC is happy to welcome Dr Olfa Ben Said to our S2BMRC office. Dr Said is a guest researcher from Tunisia who will be staying for one month as part of a Horizon 2020 project 5 TOI 4WAS which encourages the research and innovation cooperation between the European Union and Southern Mediterranean Neighborhood in the areas of water, agriculture and energy.

Dr Said holds a Master´s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Carthage, Tunisia and a joint PhD in molecular and cellular aspects of biology with the dissertation topic: "Adaptation of bacterial populations present in the sediments of the Bizerte lagoon to organic pollutants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), inorganic (trace metals) and antibiotics". The PhD was obtained from the University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour, France and the University of Carthage, Tunisia.

She is a current lecturer at the University of Carthage and a leader of the research group Laboratory of Environment Biomonitoring. Her other responsibilities at the University include supervision of Master and PhD students. She is also a guest lecturer at Universities in Romania and Portugal as part of Erasmus+ program of staff exchange. Dr Said is an active member of the UNESCO Chair in Ecohydrology.

Dr Said's field of research and expertise are Pollution diagnosis (microcosms/field), Prevention, Biodegradation, Bioremediation, Biotechnology, Innovation. More specifically, her research interests lie in the culture and isolation of bacteria from any environment (water, soil, sediment, etc.), and chemical analysis techniques - extraction and metering of hydrocarbon and metals. She has won multiple awards and accolades in the areas of microbiology and biotechnology and has participated in various research programs and conferences.

We are all very excited to gain insight and work with the expert of Dr Said's calibre and pave way for some future forms of cooperation.

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