Dr. Slim Sassi Phd
Co-founder & Scientific Adviser
Slim Sassi, Ph.D. is a junior faculty member of Harvard Medical School and a researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has a background in computational molecular evolutionary genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cancer biology, biotechnology tool development, and biological therapeutics. Dr. Sassi's interdisciplinary training prepares to understanding the microbiome where genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, computational biology, and evolutionary biology intersect.
For his doctoral research he studied computational molecular evolution and biochemistry in the field of paleobiochemistry under professor Steven Benner at the University of Florida. He computationally inferred ancestral proteins from extinct organisms to test in the lab. This unique approach helps roll back the evolutionary clock and measure new functionality as it arises in millions of years in evolution.
For his post-doctoral work at the Department of Genetics of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Sassi undertook several studies spanning cellular signal transduction, computational cellular ontogeny reconstruction and the discovery and description of the first far-red fluorescent protein from fish. In collaboration with an Icelandic institute, Dr. Sassi endeavored on a research vessel in the north Atlantic to execute the first stage of the discovery.
As a junior faculty in Harvard Medical School, Dr. Sassi undertook several projects ranging from cancer biology to developing biological therapeutics. Dr. Sassi has gained significant expertise in high-throughput sequencing (next-generation sequencing) as applied to various applications and developed methods in this field. High-throughput sequencing is the central tool in microbiome evaluation and research.