We are recruiting Ph.D. Students in Bioinformatics, Genetics or Molecular Biology!
Interested candidates should send their cover letter, CV and reference letters to tbenoukraf@mun.ca .

>Selected Publications ↴


Structural variant caller for low-depth Nanopore Sequencing in Patients’ samples


A transcription factor binding motifs database coupled with DNA methylation profiles


Characterization of transcription factors’ context-specific features and functions

Team Members

Touati Benoukraf, Ph.D. holds a Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics for Personalized Medicine and an Assistant Professorship at the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is also visiting Assistant Professor at the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore, National University of Singapore, and at the “Institut de Biologie de l’École Normale Supérieure de Paris”.

Dr. Akinola A. Alafiatayo
Post-Doc (MUN)

Zia Hasan
Ph.D. Student (MUN)

Matthew Dyer
Ph.D. Student (MUN)

Asmaa Samy Mohamed Mahmoud
Ph.D. Student (MUN)

Tian Qin
Master’s Student (MUN)

Zahra Vafadoost
Master’s Student (MUN)

Chan Xiang
Master’s Student (MUN)

Sofiia Shapoval
Master’s Student (MUN)

Barathy Logendra
Research Assistant

Name Period Position Next Institution
Dr. Khadija Rebbani 2016-2020 Postdoc NIH, NCI at Frederick, USA
Lin Xiao Xuan 2016-2020 Ph.D. Student Genome Institute of Singapore
SwarnaSeetha Adusumalli 2016-2019 Ph.D. Student Duke-NUS
Syaza Hazwany Mohammad Azhar 2016-2017 Research Assistant National University of Singapore
Baptiste Mossotti 2016 Masters Student from UPMC, France University of Copenhagen
Ricky Lim 2014-2015 Research Assistant Rijk Zwaan (Netherlands)
Maxime Garcia 2013 Research Associate Karolinska Institute
Marie-Pierre Dreanic 2013 Masters Student from Polytech Nice-Sophia, France Sanofi (France)

Teaching – Winter 2022

Future of Medicine

MED-7710-001 (Patient III)

January 12th, 12 pm


Memorial University of Newfoundland

Omics in Neurosciences

Module MED 6197

March 30th, 2.30 pm (Lecture)
April 6th, 1 pm (Manuscript discussion)

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Introduction to Bioinformatics

Module CDM 5104

March-April 2021

Semester 2

National University of Singapore

Teaching – Fall 2021

Biological aspects of DNA methylation

M2 Functional genomic data analysis: Epigenomics

September 15th, 2pm (France)

École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Epigenome Analysis

M2 Functional genomic data analysis: epigenomics – E16

September 17th, 2pm (France)

École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Impact de la méthylation de l’ADN sur la régulation transcriptionelle

Biologie computationelle des systèmes

9 Novembre á 14h

Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth

DNA sequencing technologies

Module MED 6591

December 1st, 2pm

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Lab News

Sept. 23rd, 2021: Invited speaker (TB) at the Computational biology and artificial intelligence for personalized medicine conference
National Medical Research Center of Endocrinology” of the Ministry of Health of Russia.

Feb. 24th, 2021: Invited speaker (TB) at the Toronto Bioinformatics Users Group seminar.

Feb. 15-17, 2021:  Epigenetics in Cancer Symposium 2021.

Our team is invited to talk (TB) and Matthew is presenting a poster on MethMotif 2021.

October 27th, 2020: Oxford Nanopore Seminar on Structural variation in Cancer.
Invited speakers: Anna Dolnik (Charité, Berlin) & Touati Benoukraf (MUN).

Sept. 28 – Oct 02, 2020: Invited speaker (TB) at the @SysBioCancer Course, an  EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course that includes 25 international speakers and had around 200 participants from 31 countries.

Congratulation to our latest graduated doctor! Lin Xiao Xuan defended his Ph.D thesis on April. 16th, 2020. He will join the Genome Institute of Singapore as post-doc. 

Congratulation to Matthew Dyer! He received a travel award from the Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB) to present his work at the third Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences Conference at Leuven in Belgium (13-14 Feb. 2020). 

International Collaborators

Discipline of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Room# M5M317, Craig L. Dobbin Genetics Research Centre
St. John’s, NL, Canada, A1B 3V6

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