Aicha Massrali Aicha is studying atypical neuronal development in the autism brain using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC). In her study, she uses genome editing technology to study the role of an autism high risk gene (Neurexin I) and its role in synapse formation. She is also investigating the contribution of steroid hormones to differential gene expression during brain development. Prior to coming to Cambridge, Aicha completed an MSC in Biotechnology at the University of Greenwich, a BSc in Biotechnology at the University for Modern Science and Arts, Egypt. Where she also worked as an assistant lecturer and a research ethics committee member. She has also worked as a research assistant in the Breast Cancer Lab at Cairo University, the National Cancer Institute and the Neuroscience division at Zewail City of Science and Technology in Egypt.