Issam Ben-Sahra, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Issam received his Master's research degree in Genetics, Development, and Immunity from the Côte d'Azur University in France in 2007. He obtained his Ph.D. from the same university in December 2010, where he studied the molecular and cellular effects of metabolic perturbators on cancer cells and tumor growth under the supervision of Dr. Frederic Bost. In 2011, Issam joined the laboratory of Prof. Brendan D. Manning in the department of Genetics and Complex Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. There, he combined his knowledge in metabolism and signaling pathways to understand how mTORC1 drives anabolic cell growth and proliferation. In January 2017, Issam joined Northwestern University/Feinberg School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Eunus S. Ali, Ph.D.
After obtaining his Master degree in medicinal & protein chemistry at Stockholm University Arrhenius Laboratory, Eunus earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry & cell biology at Flinders University School of Medicine (Adelaide, Australia) where he identified and proposed a model where low cellular Ca2+ levels help synthesize more lipids in fatty liver cells. In the Ben-Sahra laboratory, Eunus is interested in the molecular interface between signal transduction pathways and cellular metabolism in cancer.
Ph.D., 2016, Flinders University School of Medicine, Australia
M.S., 2010, Stockholm University, Sweden
Umakant Sahu, Ph.D.
Umakant did his M. Sc. in Biotechnology at the University of Allahabad (Allahabad, India). He earned his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore, India) where he studied the transcriptional metabolic regulation of non-fermentable carbon compounds in a methylotrophic yeast, Pichia pastoris. In the Ben-Sahra laboratory, Umakant is interested in understanding the regulation of nucleotide metabolism in cancer cells.
Ph.D., 2017, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Mushtaq Nengroo, Ph.D.
Mushtaq obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. His doctoral studies at the Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR) focused on the role of CXCR4 in tumor growth and metastasis in the context of chemotherapy resistance. In the Ben-Sahra and Mendillo labs, Mushtaq is using CRISPR-Cas9 screening to untangle the metabolic reprogramming and vulnerabilities of tumor cells
Ph.D., Nov 2021, (CSIR-SRF), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Olivia Vidal-Cruchez, Ph.D.
Olivia obtained her Ph.D. degree at Côte d'Azur University in Nice, France. Her doctoral studies at the Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging (IRCAN) enabled the identification a novel mechanism of drug tolerance to MEK inhibitors (MEKi) that involves Processing Bodies (PBs). In the Ben-Sahra laboratory, Olivia is interested in understanding how signaling and cellular metabolism control cell biomass production and contribute to oncogenic transformation.
Ph.D., Dec 2021, Côte d'Azur University, Nice, France
Konrad T. Sawicki, M.D./Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow, Physician Scientist Training Program
Konrad received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with Honors from the University of Michigan in 2010. He subsequently obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Northwestern University, where he studied cellular and mitochondrial iron regulation in the heart and post-transcriptional regulation of hepatic metabolism under Dr. Hossein Ardehali. In 2017, Konrad joined the Physician Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University and has completed his internal medicine residency and the majority of his clinical cardiology fellowship. Konrad is conducting his post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth McNally, in close collaboration with the Ben-Sahra laboratory. Konrad is interested in understanding how mitochondrial membrane proteins regulate cardiac metabolism and the regulation of myocardial substrate utilization in cardiovascular health and disease.
M.D., Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Ph.D., Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Former Lab Members
Michael D. Torno
Michael Torno was the Research lab Manager of the Ben-Sahra lab from January 2022 to January 2023.
His research was geared towards understanding the regulation of cellular metabolism in proliferating cells
Education: B.S.L.A.S., 1999, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, U.S.A.
Elodie Villa, Ph.D.
Elodie was a postdoctoral fellow in the Ben-Sahra Lab from September 2018 to October 2022.
Elodie has joined Frontier Medicines as a Scientist 1.
Ph.D., Dec 2017, Côte d'Azur University, Nice, France
Zied Djabari was the Research lab Manager of the Ben-Sahra lab from April 2017 to May 2019.
His research was geared towards understanding the regulation of cellular metabolism in cancer cells.
Current position: Research Engineer at the Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging (IRCAN), Nice, France
B.S., 2004, University of Nice – Sophia-Antipolis, France.
Sandy Giuliano, Ph.D.
Visiting scientist from the Scientific Center of Monaco
Aug-2017 - Dec 2017
Current position: Principal Investigator at the Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging (IRCAN), Nice, France