aya gomaa
FIRE PhD student
I am a PhD student at SynFly lab, where we use our homemade transcription factors to recreate gene regulatory networks (GRNs) in vivo. And we will be testing the synthetic GRNs in our favourite model organism which is Fruitfly.
Aya's Bio

Interdisciplinarity - aka what’s unique in here- ?!! 

My project bridges a gap between quantitative biology, that provides gene expression data, systems biology that aims to establish accurate models of gene regulatory networks, synthetic biology that will be used to test these models and developmental biology helping to understand how gene regulatory networks shape animal development.

Background :

  • Obtained a bachelor in Biotechnology and bio-molecular chemistry, from Cairo University in Egypt. (Excellent with Honors )
  • Obtained a Master degree of Interdisciplinary Approaches of Research and Education (AIRE) from Paris Diderot University in France. (Très Bien)

Non-scientific interests -Aka not just a PhD student-:

I’ve enjoyed acting and creative writing. I have been strongly interested in teaching young girls and used to design lectures for kids on self-discovery through the (EgyTom) project, in which I spent ten months as a community service member. Now I enjoy reading, horse riding and learning how to play my favourite instrument (OUD).

Living in a village has definitely made me passionate about planting and green initiatives. Participating in three exchange programs, living abroad and being part of the international CRI environment has turned me into a cosmic citizen that seeks diversity, appreciates the otherness in cultures, and enjoys meeting new people and being in different places.

Can we produce bioplastics "from air" using the power of synthetic biology?
We develop synthetic transcription factors in Drosophila melanogaster