Action Against Hunger Nutrition Advisor, Cécile Basquin, is an experienced humanitarian professional and a highly trained academic specialized in molecular and cell biology.
As Nutrition Advisor, Dr. Basquin provides technical oversight for ACF’s on-the-ground nutrition programs in Pakistan and Nigeria, manages external collaborations with universities and technical institutes, and contributes to new directions for ACF’s nutrition work around the world. Prior to joining ACF’s New York headquarters, Cécile helped ACF implement Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, tackle the root causes of malnutrition in Uganda through integrated programming—with activities in nutrition, food security, and water, sanitation & hygiene—and manage surveillance activities tracking the nutritional status of children between the ages of six and 59 months.
Prior to joining Action Against Hunger, Dr. Basquin worked as a research associate at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the department of molecular pharmacology. Her research focused on the transport of nutrients and ions across cell membranes with an emphasis on the study of the Sodium/Iodide Symporter (NIS), a key membrane transport protein that catalyzes the active translocation of iodide in the thyroid. In 2008, Dr. Basquin was the recipient of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Postdoctoral Fellowship and worked on applying radioiodide in the treatment of breast cancer. While conducting research on the molecular mechanisms of nutrient and ion transport, Dr. Basquin co-authored publications in renowned, peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Physiology and the 2007 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in molecular and cell biology in 2001 and 2005, respectively, from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, in France.
- Nicola JP, Basquin C, Portulano C, Reyna-Neyra A, Paroder M, Carrasco N., The Na+/I- symporter mediates active iodide uptake in the intestine. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol., April 2009
- Dohán O, Portulano C, Basquin C, Reyna-Neyra A, Amzel LM, Carrasco N, The Na+/I symporter (NIS) mediates electroneutral active transport of the environmental pollutant perchlorate. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S
- Abdel-Dayem M, Basquin C, Pourcher T, Cordat E, Leblanc G., Cytoplasmic loop connecting helices IV and V of the melibiose permease from Escherichia coli is involved in the process of Na+-coupled sugar translocation. J Biol Chem., Jan 2003
- Towards Improved Food and Nutrition Security in Sindh Province, Pakistan