El Aidy, PhD


Sahar El Aidy is experienced in the gut microbiota, its metabolic activity, and interactions with the host immune, metabolic, and neurological functions. Her group focuses on how gut microbiota sense and metabolize ingested compounds that are part of our diet and the impact of these bacterial metabolites on the (neuro-immune) response within the gut and brain. Another research line investigates the effect of gut microbiota on the effectiveness of drug treatment. Sahar published over 40 papers (15 as first author author, 8 as senior author) and obtained over 2M Euros in funding. Her laboratory consists of 1 Postdoc, 6 PhD students, 4 master students, and 1 technician. She has over 4000 citations and an H-index of 28 (Google Scholar). In recognition of her achievements, she was appointed at the Young Academy Groningen (YAG) and is a member of the Young Science and Engineering Network (YSEN). In 2021, Sahar was awarded the Athena Award for female researchers that stand out, from the Dutch Research Council (NWO). 


Sahar El Aidy has a BSc. in pharmaceutical sciences, Alexandria university (Alexandria, Egypt). She then received a NUFFIC scholarship to study her masters in cellular and molecular Biotechnology at Wageningen University (Wageningen, The Netherlands). Later, she did her PhD at the laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University, where she successfully deciphered detailed molecular processes underlying the dynamic interplay of the gut microbiota and host that drives establishment of homeostasis. With the aim to obtain training-through-research to further develop her academic qualifications, she was successfully recruited to the Cryan Laboratory, a renowned world-leading laboratory in microbe-gut-brain interactions within the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Center, University College Cork (Cork, Ireland). Afterwards, she was appointed as a specialist in host-microbe interactions at the Nestle Research Centre (Lausanne, Switzerland) where she worked on the effect of human milk oligosaccharides on the gut microbiota population in human infants. Sahar joined the University of groningen as a Rosalind Franklin Fellow and Tenure Track Assistant Professor. 


Sahar El Aidy is Associate Professor and Chair of Host-Microbe Metabolic Interactions in the Groningen Bimolecular and Biotechnology Institute, University of Groningen. 

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Sahar El Aidy