Bassem Hassan joined the ICM in January 2016 where he is now head of the Brain Development team.
Upon obtaining his PhD in molecular genetics at Ohio University in 1996, he completed his post-doctorate at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. From 2001 to 2015, he was senior group leader at VIB Center for the Biology of Disease and Professor at the Center for Human Genetics at the University of Leuven in Belgium. In 2003, he was awarded the EMBO Young Investigator award and in 2009 he was elected EMBO member.
In 2015, he was named Einstein Visiting Fellow for 2016-2018 years at the Free University of Berlin and NeuroCure cluster.
The Bassem Hassan team focuses on the genetic mechanisms that control early development of the nervous system, cell specification in the formation of neural circuits, as well as the mechanisms involved in neurological diseases, by using Drosophila as a model.