Physiology of Mutagenesis
University of Cambridge & MRC Cancer Unit

Dr. Cherif Badja

Postdoctoral Fellow

Cherif is a postdoctoral researcher working on disease modelling using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). 

Cherif is a cellular and molecular biologist holding a master’s degree in Genetics and a PhD in Genetics and Stem Cells. Pursuing his career, Cherif is interested in modelling development & degenerative diseases using hiPSCs.

In the team, Cherif is trying to decipher the cellular, and molecular mechanisms behind the neurodevelopment abnormalities and the neurodegeneration reported in Nucleotide Excision Repair-deficient patient (NER). Cherif is using 2D and 3D in vitro cellular models to test different hypothesis. Embedded in a team of highly skilled bioinformaticians with different scientific backgrounds, Cherif is also learning how to make good use of Next Generation Sequencing data to support his research and findings. 

Out of work, Cherif is always happy and relax having some quality time with his family. For his “Me time”, Cherif finds it very great doing some workout and lifting some weight whenever possible.

If interested and want to hear more from him, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! He’s always happy to tell you more about his work.


Published Works

  • Xueqing Zou, Gene Ching Chiek Koh, Arjun Scott Nanda, Andrea Degasperi, Katie Urgo, Theodoros I. Roumeliotis, Chukwuma A. Agu, Cherif Badja, Sophie Momen, Jamie Young, Tauanne Dias Amarante, Lucy Side, Glen Brice, Vanesa Perez-Alonso, Daniel Rueda, Celine Gomez, Wendy Bushell, Rebecca Harris, Jyoti S. Choudhary, Genomics England Research Consortium, Josef Jiricny, William C. Skarnes & Serena Nik-Zainal . (2021). A systematic CRISPR screen defines mutational mechanisms underpinning signatures caused by replication errors and endogenous DNA damage. Nature Cancer.

Contact Us

Dr. Serena Nik-Zainal
MRC Cancer Unit
University of Cambridge
Hutchison/MRC Research Centre
Box 197
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
United Kingdom