Second RSG-Northern Africa Student Symposium

RSG-Northern Africa

Organize in Partnership with

The Moroccan Society for Telemedicine and eHealth

The Second RSG-Northern Africa Student Symposium in Bioinformatics

After a successful first edition of the RSG-Northern Africa student symposium organized in October 24th, 2013 in Nador, Morocco, the Regional Student Group of North Africa and the ISCB Student Council organize the second Northern African Student Symposium to be held on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 on the marge of the 22th international Conference on Telemedicine and eHealth in Casablanca, Morocco.

The Symposium is an opportunity for students and young researchers in the fields of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics of the region to present their work to an international audience and to build a network within the computational biology community and develop important soft skills in an environment that fosters exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Technical Presentation

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (GMT)
Venue: Novotel Casablanca, Morocco
Key Speaker:
Maximum Number of Participants: 60

Symposium Objectives

This symposium is primarily designed for bioinformatics and computational biology student who want to share their experience in the field and interact with their colleagues in the North African region. The symposium aim also to promote computational biology and bioinformatics within the student’s community by encouraging them to interact with each other’s through the different sessions of this symposium.

Intended Audience

This day talk is designed for student, particularly those based in biomedical and biological institutions, interested to learn, improve or update their knowledge about bioinformatics. It will provide an overview of a wide range of molecular biology resources that research communities need and use. The target includes scientists from different fields including Biologists, Physicists, MDs, and Software Developers, from various levels including researchers, educators, graduate students, and other scientific staffs who either works in the bioinformatics field and who want to present their work either by talk or by poster.


Talks will be given in English. Discussion and questions are allowed in French.

Key Dates

Please note the following symposium submission deadlines:
Oral Abstract Submission Deadline September 30, 2017
Oral Abstract Acceptance Notifications October 30, 2017
Poster Submission Deadline October 15, 2017
Poster Acceptance Notification November 15, 2017


Abstract submissions are intended to convey a scientific result that is original work/previously published work, and are not advertisements for commercial software packages.

All abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words and should provide at the least the following information within them: background information, approach/methods, results and conclusions.

The abstract for both oral and poster presentation should be sent by email to (


Registration deadline & Fees

-Early Registration deadline: October 31th, 2017

-Registration fees: 

Early Late
Students Non-students Students Non-students
30 Euro 50 Euro 40 Euro 70 Euro

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9.00 – 9.45 Personalized Medicine – Pr. Peter J. Tonatello

Director of the Laboratory for Personalized Medicine, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston

9.45 -10.00 Analyse des données issues de génotypage par séquençage

Dr. Fatima Gaboun, PhD

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, INRA, Rabat, Morocco

10.00 – 10.15 Coffee Break
10.15 – 10.30 Metagenomics analysis of two Moroccan coastal lagoons 

Bouchra Chaouni, PhD Candidate

NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, New York/ University Mohamed V, Rabat

10.30 – 10.45 Implication des polymorphismes non-synonymes du gène HNF1A dans la susceptibilité au syndrome métabolique : Étude d’association et Dynamique moléculaire –

Lamiae El Khattabi, PhD Candidate

University Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco

10.45 – 11.00 Exploration of the impact of mode of delivery on Tunisians newborns’ phageome

Mariem Hannachi, PhD Candidate

Laboratory of Bioinformatics, Mathematics and Statistics, Institute Pateur of Tunis, Tunis

11.00 – 11.15 Evaluation of KCNB1 gene variants involvement in the outcome of colorectal cancer treatment by multiple linear regression analysis

Mouadh Barbirou, PhD Candidate

Laboratory of Venoms and Therapeutic Molecules, Pasteur Institute of Tunis, Tunisia

11.15 – 11.30 Prediction of protein protein interactions between humans and Plasmodium falciparum via SLIMs

Fatoumata Fofana, PhD Candidate

African Center of Excellence in Bioinformatic / Universités des Sciences, des Techniques et des Technologies de Bamako

11.30 – 11.45 Moroccan Colorectal Cancer and Microbiome 

Dr. Imane Allali, PhD/ Dr. Kamal Marzouki , MD, PhD Candidate

University Mohamed V, University Mohamed Premier, Morocco

11.45 – 12.15 RSG-NA Board Election


Ghazal Hassan, PhD., University Mohammed First, Oujda/Nador
Imane ALLALI, President of the RSG-NA, Faculty of Sciences, Rabat
IMANE EL IDRISSI SAIK, Master student, UM6SS, Morocco
HOUDA EL OMARI, Master student, UM6SS, Morocco
OUMAYMA NAJI, Master student, UM6SS, Morocco
OUMAIMA SITTE, Master student, UM6SS, Morocco
Zakaria Kasmi, Master Student, UM6SS, Morocco
Bouchra Chaouni, Ph.D student, Faculty of Sciences of Rabat
Nargisse El hajjami, ASM young ambassador to Morocco
Kamal Marzouki, MD, Faculty of Medicine of Rabat, Morocco
Mohamed AHAKOUD , USMBA, Fes, Morocco
Ismail MOUHRACH, USMBA, Fes, Morocco
Fatima Gaboun, INRA, Morocco


From USA:
Regional Student Group Committee
International Society for Computational Biology
From Morocco:
University Mohammed First, Oujda/Nador
Moroccan Society for Telemedicine and eHealth

Those who are interested are asked to send their request and justification by email to (