Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD Ulm University
Research Areas: Stem cell biology, Stem cells differentiation and fate, Adipogenesis, Neurogenesis, Molecular biosensors, Epigenetics, Biotechnology, Molecular and Cell biology, Cell mechanics
Samira Khalaji is a researcher in the field of molecular medicine and biophysics. She received her MSc degree in Biomedicine from Örebro University, Sweden.
In 2013, Khalaji began her PhD at Ulm University, Germany. During her PhD, she focused on cellular aging, particularly the impact of biophysical alterations of the cell and its environment during the aging process.
After obtaining her PhD degree, Khalaji joined the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry Munich as a postdoctoral researcher, developing new genetically encoded biosensors to explore cell mechanics. To expand her research experience, she moved to the University of Münster to further study the application of FRET-based biosensors in mesenchymal stem cells, investigate the early events in adipogenesis, and characterize factors involved in the decision of stem cells to follow the adipogenic pathway.
Lastly, to pursue her passion for growing her career path in a talented and diverse team, Khalaji joined Piergiorgio Percipalle’s lab at NYUAD. She works on actin and nuclear myosin 1 (NM1) as the key regulators of transcription and chromatin organization during stem cell differentiation and development.
Khalaji is currently working on actin and nuclear myosin 1 (NM1) as the key regulators of transcription and chromatin organization during stem cell differentiation to adipocytes and neurons.