Sami Serhrouchni


My name is Sami Serhrouchni, I am from France and I joined the EVIDENCE programme in March 2020.

I am a PhD student at the Red Blood Cell Research Group at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. I graduated as a Pharmacist (PharmD, Specialty: Industry/Research) from the Faculty of Pharmacy of University Paris-Sud XI and I did a Master in Structural and Functional Proteomics at Pierre and Marie Curie-Sorbonne University in Paris, France. I also have a Master's degree in Molecular and Cellular Biotherapies from University Paris Descartes, Paris V (Master Program in BioMedical Engineering).

Reason for joining

During the past years, I completed several research internships in different fields and countries in the biomedical domain: in neurosciences, gene therapy, molecular biology and pharmacy. 

My pharmaceutical studies, as well as my research projects experiences in France, Canada and Japan, have confirmed my keen interest in research and my will to pursue a PhD in a challenging and international environment.

The EVIDENCE programme perfectly meets these expectations.

Thus, I applied to EVIDENCE as it is a great opportunity for me to evolve within a multidisciplinary and collaborative research environment at the cutting edge of innovation. The interactions between the different partners as well as the possibility of interdisciplinary applications are some of the key assets of the programme.


The purpose of my PhD project is to study the cross-talk between mechanical stimulation, calcium levels and redox state in flowing erythrocytes.

The result of this research project will in particular make it possible to pave the way for potential treatment in Red Blood Cell diseases such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia, improve the efficacy of transfusions and develop therapies to prolong life-span of the circulating cells.