Dr Mira Kassouf
President - Innovation Forum Oxford
Dr Mira Kassouf is a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford. Her research interest lies in gene regulation and her current work addresses how certain sequences of DNA act as “on/off switches” for genes in red cells. In addition to publishing her findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Mira participates regularly in local and international conferences, sharing her findings with the scientific community in the field. She values collaborative work and has supported, mentored and supervised research scientists at various stages of their training and has tutored in Molecular Biology for St Catherine’s College.
Mira believes in the academics’ untapped potential as innovative entrepreneurs. As a founding member of Innovation Forum Oxford in 2015, she supported her local academic ecosystem through organising events that not only inspire and educate but also connect entrepreneurially-inclined academics with like-minded peers and enablers. As the current president of Innovation Forum, Mira focuses with her team on synergising with the Oxford innovation stakeholders to effectively extract value from the Oxford world-class talents and science excellence and ultimately impact positively on the local and national economy.
After completing her BSc at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Dr Kassouf was awarded Karim Rida Said Foundation (KRSF) scholarships to complete her graduate studies in the UK; an MSc in Human Genetics at Brunel University and a D.Phil at the University of Oxford.