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Assif Friedman


My name is Assif Friedman from Tel-Aviv Israel.
My Ph.D. project will last three years. I’ve just started in November, and I plan to finish at the end of 2024. I hope to have the opportunity to travel around for my Ph.D. project.

What is your background before coming to the lab?

I have a BS.c in life science from Ben Gurion University Israel. I focused mainly on molecular biology and ecology during my bachelor’s and gained experience as a research assistant in multiple labs. I completed my M.Sc. in environmental science at Wageningen University Netherlands, focusing mainly on environmental toxicology. I completed my thesis on the effect of “Nickel as an agent of oxidative stress on telomere shortening in chicken embryos” under the supervision of Dr. Nico van den Brink.

Why come to this lab?

I got the opportunity of joining the lab as a Ph.D. student as part of the Horizon 2020 Marie-curie international training network in a project called Chronic Investigating the impacts of long-term, low-dose chemical exposure on health.
Dr. Renaud Scheifler supervises me from the Chrono-environment lab here at UFC and Dr. Nico van den Brink from Wageningen university.

What is your research topic and what will you do during your stay here?

My Ph.D. project will focus on the effects of chronic exposure to a mixture of trace metals and especially Cadmium on the immune system’s ability to fight pathogens in wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus). During the project, I wish to look into different humoral and cell-mediated immune responses of wood mice living near an old zinc smelter in the north of France (i.e., Metaleurop Nord). I plan to collect samples in and perform different experiments at the Chrono-environment lab in UBFC and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. I hope to establish a link between chronic exposure to trace metals from anthropogenic sources to immunological effects in wood mice and the contribution to those becoming natural reservoirs of pathogens that may manifest as zoonotic diseases.

And finally, where we can find you in the lab?
My office is in room -109, in Chrono-environnement, UFR ST site.
Contact : assif.friedman at

Projet de thèse en Biologie des organismes, ED ES, UBFC
Impacts de l’exposition chronique aux métaux sur le système immunitaire du mulot sylvestre et implications sur la prévalence en pathogènes zoonotiques
par Assif Friedman

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