Mennat El Ghalid obtained her Master degree from the Université Paris Diderot studying the regulatory mechanisms that guide co-expression of effector genes in the plant pathogenic fungus Leptosphaeria maculans. She then completed her PhD at the Universidad de Cordoba (under supervision of Pr. Antonio Di Pietro and Dr. David Turra) working on the identification of the compounds secreted by tomato roots that elicit chemotropic growth in the soilborne pathogenic fungus Fusarium oxysporum. Subsequently, she joined the Biology and Pathogenicity Unit at the Institut Pasteur headed by Pr. Christophe d’Enfert to determine the 3D structure and the cellular localization of several GPI-anchored proteins involved in biofilm formation in Candida albicans. Presently, Mennat is affiliated with the Fungal Epigenomics Group, where she is developing new molecular approaches to understanding chromatin function.