Aicha Asma Houfani

Postdoctoral Fellow


Our goal is centered arround using advanced proteomics tools to characterize seed-storage proteins from legumes, focusing on pea proteins. The project will examine the composition and structure of pea proteins using LC-MS/MS and other biophysical tools, and how they relate to quality attributes of pea protein used in food. This project seeks to improve our basic understanding of legume proteins and enhance their use to meet the growing demand for sustainable, plant-based foods. This project involves a collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).



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I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.
I am interested in working with undergraduate students on research projects.


Dr. Aicha Asma Houfani is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia. She joined Foster Lab to work on proteomics-related projects applied in cancer field as well as lipid nanoparticles delivery systems. She received her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Bejaia in 2018, , where she studied bacterial enzymes involved in the degradation of lignocellulosic components. During her time at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and RWTH Aachen University, she carried out enzyme discovery projects on sustainability themes and participated in fruitful collaborations with international labs.


  • Actinobacterial Strains as Genomic Candidates for Characterization of Genes Encoding Enzymes in Bioconversion of Lignocellulose (2022)
    Waste and Biomass Valorization,
  • Lignocellulosic biomass degradation enzymes and characterization of cellulase and xylanase from Bosea sp. FBZP-16 (2021)
    Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery,
  • Insights from enzymatic degradation of cellulose and hemicellulose to fermentable sugars--a review (2020)
    Biomass and Bioenergy, 134, 105481
  • Cellulase- hemicellulase activities and bacterial community composition of different soils from Algerian Ecosystems (2019)
    Microbial ecology, 77 (3), 713--725
  • Study of the bacterial cellulolytic and hemicellulolytic potential from Algerian ecosystems: biochemical, genomic and metagenomic approaches (2018)
  • Cellulose and hemicellulose decomposition by Algerian strains of Actinobacteria on lignocellulosic substrates (2017)
    Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass 5th International Conference,
  • Efficient screening of potential cellulases and hemicellulases produced by Bosea sp. FBZP-16 using the combination of enzyme assays and genome analysis (2017)
    World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 33 (2), 1--14
  • Enzyme activities of aerobic (hemi)cellulolytic bacteria isolated from Algerian soils and compost (2015)
    Ecology of Soil Microorganisms, , 105
  • Identification des souches cliniques de Klebsiella pneumoniae et étude de leur profil de résistance aux différentes familles d’antibiotiques au CHU de Batna (2015)
    Les 3èmes Journées des Sciences de la Nature et de la Vie, , 44--48

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