Yasmine Abouleila is a postdoctoral researcher in the Medical Systems Biophysics and Bioengineering group, Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research, Leiden University, Netherlands. She received her undergraduate in Pharmaceutical Sciences with honors from Misr International University, Cairo, Egypt and her Ph.D. in Biomedical and Health Sciences from Hiroshima University, Japan.
During her Ph.D (2016-2019) and as a postdoctoral fellow in RIKEN, Japan, Dr. Abouleila’s research focused on discovering new diagnostic biomarkers for early detection of cancer from circulating tumor cells (CTCs). Abouleila integrated microfluidics with live single-cell mass spectrometry system to achieve untargeted metabolomic analysis of single CTCs obtained from gastric cancer (GC) and colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. Her work showcased the metabolomic differences between CTCs and lymphocytes (control cells) as well as GC CTCs and CRC CTCs on the single-cell level for the first time.
Dr. Abouleila is currently interested in leveraging her multi-disciplinary background in cancer metabolism & single cell metabolomics fields. Her current research interest involves Ebola and Lassa organ-on-chip studies and soft robotics. She is embedded in Professor Mashaghi Tabari unit as a postdoctoral researcher, while also being a visiting researcher in Dr. Yoshihiro Shimizu's group, in the Bio-systems Dynamics Research Renter (BDR), RIKEN, Japan, and a Research Fellow in Misr International University Research Center (MIU-RC), Egypt.