Nizar Y. Saad, PhD

Nizar Saad

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Nizar Y. Saad, PhD, is a research assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and a principal investigator at the Center for Gene Therapy at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Saad is an experienced RNA biologist and gene therapy specialist. Dr. Saad also serves on the New Investigator Committee, the Musculo-Skeletal Gene & Cell Therapy Committee and the Oligonucleotide and RNAi Therapeutics Committee of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT).

Dr. Saad earned his doctorate degree in life sciences (biochemistry and molecular biology) from the University of Strasbourg. Dr. Saad then completed two consecutive postdoctoral training, in the lab of Tina Henkin, PhD, at The Ohio State University, where he investigated bacterial T-box riboswitch-based regulation of gene expression, and in the lab of Scott Harper, PhD, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he developed gene and drug-based therapies for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) by inducing the expression of a natural DUX4-targerting miRNA.

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Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Elsevier WMS Membership Award, World Muscle Society, 2018
  • Certificate of Recognition from the President of The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University, 2014
  • FEBS Summer Fellowship, University of Strasbourg, 2009
  • Member, International Society for Extracellular Vesicles, 2021 - Present
  • Member, American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy, USA, 2019 - Present
  • Member, World Muscle Society, 2018 - Present
  • Member, National Postdoctoral Association, USA, 2013 - 2019

Graduate School University of Strasbourg Date Completed: 08/10/2011
Professional Experience

2019 - 2021 Nationwide Children's Hospital, Research Scientist

2015 - 2019 Nationwide Children's Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellow

2013 - 2015 The Ohio State University, Postdoctoral Fellow

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Center for Gene Therapy