Samira studied Biology at the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France, before moving to Switzerland in 2012 to enroll in the masters in Neuroscience at the University of Geneva.
After finishing her master’s degree, she worked as a research assistant at the Department of Fundamental Neuroscience of the University of Geneva, in a laboratory focusing on the effect of anesthesia on the brain. She then spent two years working in a research laboratory at the Biomedicine Department of the University of Basel, in close collaboration with Roche. There she developed screening assays with the aim of discovering potent molecules to treat a neuromuscular disease called Myotonic Dystrophy type I.
These experiences allowed her to gain theoretical knowledge and a variety of technical skills in histology, molecular biology and cell culture.