Pr. Sami Khuri, Professor of Computer Science at San José State University, CA, USA.Sami Khuri holds a M.Sc. degree in Mathematics, a M.Sc. in Computer Science and a PhD. in Computer Science, all three degrees from Syracuse University, USA.

He is a Professor of Computer Science at San Jose State University, where he mainly teaches bioinformatics. His main research interests lie in the development of probabilistic algorithms, such as Hidden Markov Models and Genetic Algorithms, for detecting patterns in DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Fulbright, the Dana Research, NSF, NIH, and two DAAD. He is also very interested in computer science education. He is the author of a number of publications in bioinformatics, in genetic algorithms and in the design and use of visualization and animation of algorithms in Computer Science education. He has given tutorials on Bioinformatics, Data Compression and Genetic Algorithms at international conferences and organized international conferences in Bioinformatics and Biomedical applications.

His international experience includes visiting positions at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Dortmund University and the Technical University of Munich in Germany, as well as universities in Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and Lebanon.

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Natalia KhuriMrs. Natalia Khuri is pursuing a PhD in Biophysics the laboratory of Andrej Sali at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Her areas of research interests are comparative protein structure modeling and computational drug design. Prior to joining UCSF, she taught Computer Science at San Jose State University and worked as a bioinformatics researcher at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University. Mrs. Khuri holds Master of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration.


Pr. Laila Sbabou, Research assistant professor of genomics and Biotechnology at Mohamed V University, Faculty of Science, Rabat, Morocco.

Laila Sbabou graduated her phD in genomics and biotechnology in 2009 at the Faculty of Science, Rabat, where she is currently teaching Bioinformatics, molecular biology and genetic engineering. Her phD research was mainly focused in studying the root development and genetic response of Lupinus albus to phosphorus stress. She obtained a doctoral fulbright scolarchip and spent two years (2006-2007) at the University of Minnesota, twin cities, USA, where she gained expertise in plant genomics and bioinformatics. She is now conducting research on bioremediation. She is more particularly interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms involved in the response of plant of interest and associated microorgansims to heavy metal stress.

Ms. Ouafae Kchibel, informationist and librarian at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco. Ms. Oufae Kchibel received her BA from the Information Sciences School of Rabat. She has a solid background in informatics. Since she is working at the National Library of Morocco she developed even more her skills in the general area of information search including medical sciences. Ms. Ouafae as conducted several training throughout Morocco.

Mr. Kamal Marzouki is Medical Doctor candidate at the Faculty of Medicine of Rabat.


Yassine Souilmi, Ph.D. Student working on personalized and translational medicine. Souilmi received his Master of Science degree in Bioinformatics and his Bachelor degree in Physics. His research interests focus on breast cancer risk prediction in Moroccan population. Souilmi participated in the development SNP4Forensic Project© during his Master’s thesis.



Imane Allali is a PhD student in metagenomics analysis. She received her master degree in bioinformatics and her bachelor degree in physics at the University of Mohammed V.  Her research is about metagenomic approach for studying colorectal cancer in Morocco. In her master’s thesis, she worked in the 3D modeling of a protein.




Mohammed Benhafid is a virologist at the Central Virology Laboratory of the National Institute of Hygiene inMorocco. He graduated from the University of Fes in 1992 with a major in Animal Biology and joined the Ministry of Health in 1995. In 2000 he obtained a Master degree in Molecular and Cellular Physiopathology from the University of Fes. Benhafid made an important contribution in the Poliomyelitis Eradication Program in Morocco and was nominated Manager of the National Reference Polio Laboratory since 2005. He also made significant contributions in the establishment of the first Rotavirus Surveillance Program in Morocco and became the national reference in the field since 2006. He is presently the Director of the National Rotavirus Laboratory. He is involved in extending the laboratory activities to other viral gastroenteritis. Mr. Benhafid also worked on other infectious diseases such as rubella, measles, influenza and varicella. In addition to these activities, Benhafid is member of American Society for Microbiology (ASM) since 2005 and was named as ASM country liaison since 2008. In recognition of his contribution to development and expanding ASM activities in Morocco he was named ASM ambassador for Morocco in 2012.