Mustapha Najimi currently works as a Director of research at Experimental and Clinical Research Institute of the Université Catholique de Louvain. He earned his Ph.D. degree (in cell and molecular Biology) in 1999 at the Université Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris. Najimi is leading the Stem Cells Group of the laboratory of Pediatric Hepatology and Cell Therapy headed by Professor Etienne Sokal and located in Brussels. He serves as a Lead Scientist of cell culture and imaging platforms as well as isolated human hepatocytes quality control team. The group is involved in the development and clinical implementation of liver cell transplantation, an innovative cell therapy approach dedicated to inborn errors of liver metabolism. Najimi is also a Scientific Supervisor of the hepatocytes and hepatic stem cell banks. He is currently focusing on the isolation and characterization of stem/progenitor cells from intra- and extrahepatic sites and their use as alternative cell sources to mature hepatocytes both in vitro and in vivo. Najimi has large experience in stem cell and animal transplantation research and more particularly in liver stem/progenitor cells. He is a Scientific Adviser for Promethera Biosciences, a spinoff of the Université Catholique de Louvain. Najimi is a Member at the Council of the African Association of Physiological Sciences (AAPS) and of the editorial board of the World journal of stem cells. He is an invited reviewer for several journals of hepatology and cell therapy fields. He was also a Collaborateur Scientifique for the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) in Belgium in 2008.
Biography Updated on 26 August 2012