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Hamid el Azzouzi was born on April 20th, 1977 in Oujda (Morocco). He started his scientific career at the department of Biomembranes at Utrecht University, where he investigated the role of AKT in muscle cells. In 2003, he obtained his master degree in Biology at the Utrecht University. Hamid started in 2004 a PhD program at the Hubrecht Institute, studying the role of metabolism regulation in cardiac disease under the supervision of Prof. H. Clevers and Prof. L.J. de Windt. The focus was on Peroxisome proliferators-activated receptors (PPARs) as key regulators of cardiac metabolism. In 2009 he started as a post-doctoral researcher at the Cardiology department at Maastricht University, where he set up a mouse cardiac surgery lab for transverse aortic constriction (TAC) induced pressure overload. Here he explored, in collaboration with Prof. P. Schrauwen at the department of Human Biology, Toxicology and Metabolism at the MUMC, a novel mechanism whereby myocardial hypoxia, a characteristic of heart failure, induces miR-199a/214 expression and actively downregulates PPARβ, facilitating a switch towards a glycolytic metabolic profile ultimately contributing to heart failure. In 2011, he continued his post-doctoral fellowship at the Experimental Cardiology lab at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) where he developed a mouse model to study cardiac regeneration. Hamid, recently joined the lab of Prof. L.J de Windt where he will study transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation during cardiac regeneration.

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