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ZINEB BOUMART - Ph.D. in Life Sciences and Health

What is your professional / educational background and what is your Ph.D. Topic?
I did a first-year Master's in Biochemistry in Morocco followed by a Master's in “Cellular and Molecular Infectiology and Vaccinology” at the University of Tours. Passionate about research, I continued my studies with a dissertation in bacteriology as part of two institutions: the Inra (the National Institute for Agricultural Research) at Tours and the Anses (French Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health Safety) at Ploufragan.

My research focused on the analysis of the emergence of Salmonella Senftenberg in poultry production. After identifying in chicken persistent and non-persistent strains of S. Senftenberg, we tried to explain the causes of this persistence by studying the virulence of different strains, in vivo, in chickens and mice and, in vitro, in different cell lines.

How has the Ph.D. process been for you?

In general, my the dissertation has gone well, in very good conditions. It was a very enriching experience, scientifically and humanly and I was always supported by my dissertation adviser. I had the opportunity to be a part of two teams working on different research areas and to collaborate with other French laboratories. This allowed me to meet and interact with people having different competencies, which helped me a lot.

What have you learned from this experience?

During the three years of my dissertation, I changed notably as a scientist. This experience taught me autonomy and how to organize my time optimally. It also helped me to acquire scientific rigor and solid technical skills because of the multiple methods used.

What advice would you give to a student who was considering a Ph.D.?
Be patient, persevere, have self-confidence and be passionate about your subject.

What are you doing now?
I am looking for a post-doctoral position.