Sarra Mestiri | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Sarra Mestiri

Senior Research Associate
Translational Oncology Research Center
Qatar Biomedical Research Institute


Sarra Mestiri holds a master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Sorbonne University of Paris. With over 7 years of research and academic experience spanning Tunisia, France, and Qatar, she has demonstrated expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology. While conducting research in France, Sarra identified novel NF-κB inhibitors through high throughput screening, offering potential regulation for diseases like cancer, auto-immune conditions, and chronic inflammation. Her work also delved into the ATR-CHK1 signaling pathway's role in DNA replication dynamics during replicative stress.

Relocating to Qatar in 2019, Sarra joined the Translational Cancer Research Facility at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research/Hamad Medical Corporation as a Research Associate. Her focus included characterizing immune responses in cancer patients, identifying dynamic biomarkers of response, and generating antigen-specific T cells for cancer therapy. In 2024, she became a Senior Research Associate in Dr. Fares Al-Ejeh's team, dedicating her efforts to identifying clinically actionable potential biomarkers in Qatar's population for Cancer Precision Medicine. With a commitment to advancing cancer research, Sarra Mestiri brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her current role.


Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Immunology
  • Immunotherapy
  • Novel cancer diagnosis and prognosis biomarkers


Senior Research Associate

Translational Oncology Research Center, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI)

2024 - Present
  • Research Associate

    Translational Cancer Research Facility, National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), Qatar

    2019 - 2023
  • Research Fellow

    FANC/BRCA signaling pathway and cancers laboratory, Gustave Roussy Institute, France

  • Research Fellow

    Signaling pathways and pathogenesis laboratory, Pasteur Institute, France



Master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology

Sorbonne University

  • Biotechnology engineering diploma

    Polytechnique School

  • Bachelor's degree in Life Science

    Higher Institute of Biotechnology


Selected Publications