Sadiyah CASSIM
September 2016

Year 1

1 September 2016 - 31 August 2017
UEI (Unité d'enseignement isolé)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Lab rot 1: Using non-invasive brain stimulation to induce neural circuit repair

Lab rot 2: Investigation of the CA2 area of the hippocampus and its role in non-spatial memory

Lab rot 3: STDP in the thalamostriatal circuitry  


Biographie / Publications

I am currently pursuing my PhD with the ENP graduate program specializing in the field of Neurosciences.

I have obtained my Masters in Medical Sciences (2015) under the Department of Physiology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) with a dissertation focus on areas involved in neurophysiology and endocrinology. My Medical Sciences Honours degree (2013) was also obtained at the UKZN, Durban, South Africa. My undergraduate was a Bachelor of Science in Zoology & Human Physiology (2012), obtained at the University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.

My areas of interest and focus within the Neuroscience field revolves predominantly but not limited to cognitive neuroscience (learning & memory) particularly in developing neuronal circuitries.

My goal is to further explore these systems at various molecular & biological levels utilising a number of techiques to gain perspective on various pathological mechanisms affecting areas that are in relation to cognitive function. 


  1. Sadiyah Cassim, Lihle Qulu, Musa V. Mabandla, Prenatal stress and early life febrile convulsions compromise hippocampal genes MeCP2/REST function in mid-adolescent life of Sprague-Dawley rats, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Available online 7 September 2015, ISSN 1074-7427,
  1. Sadiyah Cassim, Lihle Qulu, Musa V. Mabandla, The Therapeutic Effects of Searsia chirindensis, on Short Term Cognitive Impairment Associated with Febrile Seizure Exposure in Prenatally Stressed Rats (In preparation).
  1. Sadiyah Cassim, Lihle Qulu, Musa V. Mabandla. The effects of prenatal stress on neuronal plasticity markers in febrile seizure induced rats. (In preparation).


2013 -

SASOP Biological Psychiatry Conference, Wildcoast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 

2015 -

SONA/IBRO World Congress, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

University of Pretoria Conference Day, Groenkloef Campus, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

University of KwaZulu-Natal, College of Health Sciences, Research Symposium, K-RITH, Medical Campus, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

IBRO/UCT Advanced School of Epilepsy, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.


ENP Days 2017, College des Bernardins, Paris, France.

3rd PhD and PostDoc Meeting Day, Universite Paris-Descartes, Paris, France.

ENP Summer School: Optical Imaging ans Electrophysiological Recording in Neuroscience, Paris Descartes & Ecole Normale Superieur, Paris, France.


Southern African Neuroscience Society (SANS);
Society of Neuroscientists Africa (SONA) &
International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO);

Federation of European Neuroscientists (FENS)