Najate Benhra

Research Scientist Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD, University of Rennes;

Najate is a Research Scientist in the CGSB at NYU Abu Dhabi. She obtained her Master’s degree in Genetics and Physiology at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France. Najate then earned her PhD. in Biology from the University of Rennes 1, France, in 2010. During her PhD, she characterized how the clathrin adaptor complex AP-1 regulates Notch signaling during asymmetric cell division in Drosophila sensory organs. She then moved to the IRB Barcelona in Spain for a post-doc during which she used the Drosophila wing epithelium as a cancer model and characterized the molecular mechanisms underlying the invasive behavior of chromosomal instability-induced aneuploid cells. At NYUAD, Najate studies a class of neurons of the visual system of the fruit fly with the aim of understanding how these neurons find their path and stop to their final site.

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