Al Banchaabouchi was born in Antwerp, BE and was raised in Belgium and Morocco.
She completed her high school education and her undergraduate studies in Morocco, obtaining a Baccalaureate Diploma in 1987 and then attending the Faculty of Sciences of the University Mohammed V, in Rabat, MA where she was awarded a licentiate degree in animal biology. She then returned to Belgium. In 1993 and 1994, she studied for a DEA (diplôme d'études approfondies) in psychobiology in the laboratory of Philippe De Witte at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, BE. Between 1995 and 2000, she worked in the laboratory of Peter De Deyn at the University of Antwerp, BE and obtained a PhD. Her doctoral thesis was entitled "A mouse model of renal insufficiency: Biochemical, histological and behavioural studies". She moved the the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, PR where she worked as a postdoctoral research associate with Sandra Peña de Ortiz in the Department of Biology, where she stayed between 2001 and 2004. The project she worked on there (also with Carmen Maldonado-Vlaar) involved behavioural studies of rats (see: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbb.2004.09.015).
Functions, occupations and activities
Al Banchaabouchi worked at EMBL Rome between 2004 and 2012, first as a Senior Technical Officer in the Mouse Phenotyping Core Facility and from 2008 as the Head of this core facility. After leaving EMBL she joined the Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities in Vienna, AT and later joined the University of Vienna, AT.