Algerian scientist sees healing potential in olives and dates

“I think the awards I received came at the right time,” she said. “The scientist often feels periods of emptiness and a kind of failure, but such honors come to cheer him up to strive and produce more.”

Among his accomplishments, Benbouza played a key role in creating a laboratory to discover genetically modified products in plant nutrition, especially in imported foods and foods of animal origin, due to fears that these products might cause disease.

In addition to his research work, Benbouza has held several academic and administrative positions. She worked as a lecturer at the University of Batna 1, east of Algiers. In 2011, she was appointed by the Algerian government as president of the joint committee between the health and biology sectors.

In 2013, the Prime Minister appointed her president of the steering committee of the Pharmacy and Biotechnology Project in Algeria, in addition to her role in the management of the National Biotechnology Research Center, known as CRBt, in Constantine, also under the supervision of the Ministry. of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Bouchaala el-Eid, an environmental and geological specialist who conducted a number of studies at CRBt while Benbouza was the director of the center, sees her as a model of patience and vigilance necessary to be a successful researcher. .

“My research on how to remove pollutants from valleys, seas and oceans would not have seen the light of day without Benbouza’s support,” he said. “She is a very careful researcher, trying to find out all the research that was being carried out in the Constantine biotechnology research laboratory, constantly communicating with the researchers and accompanying them until the last stage of their research.”

Overcome cultural norms

But Benbouza’s own path to a research and academic career has not been strewn with roses. In her hometown of Ain Touta, located in the middle of the Aures mountains in eastern Algeria, education was not accessible to many girls when she was growing up there in the 1970s, due to the rugged nature of the region and the social norms that applied there. a belief that a woman’s place should be at home.

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