Dr. Emna Harigua
Researcher - Team leader, Pasteur Institute of Tunis
Emna Harigua is a Bioinformatician and a Data Scientist in IPT . She has a multi-disciplinary profile with an engineering degree in “Analytical Chemistry” and a master degree in “Information Processing & Complexity of the Alive”. She did her PhD at Institut Pasteur in Paris in Structural Bioinformatics for Drug Discovery.
Then, she started a postdoctoral position at Institut Pasteur de Tunis, where she was focusing on developing cutting-edge techniques in Structural Bioinformatics to solve various research questions in Biomedical research.
She is currently an assistant professor at Institut Pasteur de Tunis, leading a team focused on implementing Artificial Intelligence-based approaches in Drug Discovery. She has successfully leveraged multiple funds from the NAS-USAID PEER program, the COVID-19 fundraising campaign of Institut Pasteur of Paris and the European Union H2020 program. Recently, she was awarded an ARISE grant from the African Academy of Science to implement BIND, a Bioinformatics and Artificial Intelligence Platform for Drug Discovery against Infectious and Neglected Diseases.
She has received multiple prizes and distinctions, namely the L'Oreal-Unesco For Women in Science International Fellowship in 2012, the ASTMH awards in 2016 & 2020.
She has also founded AI for Health Development (AI4HD, www.ai4-health-development.com/), a startup aiming at developing AI-based tools for inclusive and democratized diagnosis of cutaneous diseases, including Leishmaniasis.