Ikram Mercha

PhD candidate at University Hassan II Casablanca

and an intern at the national institute of agronomic research Rabat at Morocco


Go with baby steps to great accomplishments.

What do you do?

I work on the impact of incorporating animal feed diets based on agricultural waist , on produced milk microbiological and global nutritional quality ,

This work is a part of a valorization process concerning local products , Therefore this project final aim is to offer new low-cost alternatives to the already commercialized animal diet and to improve and preserve a sustainable global quality of camel milk .

We also work on characterizing probiotic potential of lactic acid bacteria isolates from the same matrice , to provide new fermented derivates of our produced milk products .

Therefore improving local farmers income trough an eco-friendly process.

Why did you choose this field?

My field of expertise concern two major parts , the first deals with the valorization of agriculture waste in a way that will improve local farmers income , being able to apply my research on the field has always been a matter for me , and seeing ur works results being helpful gives an extreme satisfaction .

The second part of my works deals with microbiology , as this science is something that i dreamed of being part of since my first uni year , a love of this science was shared with my first microbiology professor , i owe here all the affection and passion I have for my work

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

That one day , my work will have real impact on people's life , and that felling worth it all

Why do you love working in STEM?

Waking up every day with new objectives to accomplish , new obstacles to surpass, challenging my self and having that ultimate dream of having a real impact on humanity .

And specially being thankful every single day for loving what im doing

Best advice for next generation?

Dream big , then settle objectives down , go with baby steps to great accomplishments.

And never let doubt comes to ur mind , cause the final goal is so worthy

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“When you love what you have , you have every thing you need”

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