Dr. Houari Boumediene Abdesselem | HBKU
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Houari Boumediene Abdesselem

Dr. Houari Boumediene Abdesselem

Core Manager
Neurological Disorders Research Center
Qatar Biomedical Research Institute

Joint Lecturer
College of Health and Life Sciences

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Dr. Houari Abdesselem obtained his master degree in cell and molecular biology from Louis Pasteur University in France. In 2009, he received his PhD degree in Biology from the University of Konstanz in Germany. His doctoral training focused on the function of the Nogo proteins in nervous system regeneration.

He then moved to the US to conduct postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan, where he studied the role of semaphorins in neuronal cell death. In 2012, he moved to Qatar to join WCM-Qatar as a postdoctoral fellow to study the function of SIRT1 protein in obesity. In 2016, Dr. Abdesselem was offered the position of Laboratory Manager at QBRI to manage Prof. El Agnaf’s research group working on Parkinson’s disease. He made very significant contributions to the success of his research group in developing novel tools to understand the molecular pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Abdesselem has established from scratch and managed the new NDRC labs at HBKU. He also successfully built the new proteomics core facility and transferred new biomarker technologies to HBKU, such as OLINK, SENGENICS, and SIMOA. In 2023, Dr. Abdesselem was promoted to Core Manager for QBRI Proteomics core facility. In addition to his management roles, he published many peer-reviewed papers in high-impact factor journals.


Research Interests

  • Nervous system development
  • Neural regeneration
  • Parkinson’s disease and dementia
  • Protein biomarker discovery


Core Manager

Proteomics Core Facility, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

2023 - Present
  • Laboratory Manager

    Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

    2016 - 2023
  • Postdoctoral Associate

    Weill Cornell Medicine, Qatar

    2012- 2016
  • Postdoctoral Associate

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

    2010 - 2012
  • Postdoctoral Associate

    Weill Cornell Medical College, (WCMC) New York, USA

    2009 - 2010


PhD in Biology

Konstanz University, Germany

  • Master Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology

    Louis Pasteur University, France

  • Bachelor Degree in Cellular And Molecular Biology

    Paris 11 Orsay University, France.

  • Bachelor Degree in Biology - Genetics Major

    University of Oran, Algeria


Selected Publications