Yassine El Hiani

Assistant Professor

Email: yassine.elhiani@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-8980
Fax: 902-494-1684
Mailing Address: 
5G, Tupper Building, 5850 College Street, PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2

Honours and Graduate student positions are now available.

To join our lab, please provide the following:
1) Your most recent transcripts (unofficial)
2) Your CV and a brief statement describing your research interests and career goals

Research Topics:

  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Ion channels
  • Mitochondrial metabolism
  • Metastasis
  • Organelle cross-talk


  • BA/BSc (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco
  • MA/MSc (Universite' de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, Picardie, France)
  • PhD (Universite' de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, Picardie, France)
  • PDF (Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada)

Research Interersts:

Dr. El Hiani’s research interests focus on the structure- function of ion channels in normal cell physiology and disease, in particular in the pathophysiology of cancer. With extensive expertise in electrophysiology and molecular biology, Dr. El Hiani’s lab specializes in studying the molecular mechanisms of TRPM2 and TRPML1-mediated carcinogenesis and their involvement in cancer cell metabolism, metastasis and survival. The overall goal of Dr. El Hiani’s lab is to combine the knowledge of ion channel regulation and activity with molecular techniques to gain insight into the downstream signalling pathways underlying the pathogenicity of cancer. Additional interests of the lab include organellar cross-talk and the identification of membrane contact sites between various organelles in the cell, especially between the lysosomes and mitochondria.  

Techniques commonly used in the lab:

  • Patch clamp
  • Calcium imaging
  • Western blotting
  • RT-qPCR
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Flow cytometry
  • Seahorse (metabolism-based assay)