Benoît Aliaga

Deaf PhD student in epigenetics


Photo de Benoit Aliaga My name is Benoît Aliaga and I am a deaf PhD student in epigenetics at the University of Perpignan (France).

I was diagnosed with hearing impairement when I was 2 years old. For the next 18 years, I was followed by a speech therapist who taught me to speak properly. However, this did not prevent me from having a joyful childhood. I was very curious and I asked many question to my parents, teachers and speech therapists. At the age of 12, I stopped hearing. A total deafness seized me and kept me wandering in the depth of silence for years.

My education was heavily hindered by this new obstacle. I was absent from school during many weeks, even months, but I never gave up on learning. I really enjoyed that. Of course I had to adapt to my new situation, starting by learning LSF (French Sign Language). Then, I was invited to abandon my school in a remote village in the heart of France because they did not have the means (the willing) to handle a case like mine. Then I had to start with distance learning through the CNED (French national school at distance).

Finally I obtained my scientific baccalauréat and I tried to study Medicine. It was also hard, because nobody bothered to adapt to me. I failed the competitive exam for the 2nd year, so I changed my path to Biology. The reason was very simple. I had always wanted to understand and decipher the Human Biology. Nowadays, I am a PhD student in biology and despite my difficulties, I'm alway motivated to understand and discover the secret of life.

I wish you a pleasant reading through my website. If you are interested in my research works, do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to answer you.

Benoît Aliaga