Final beneficiaries of the 4th edition of Science by Women 2018





Hayet Rafa, from Algeria, is an Associate-Professor at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology of the University of Sciences and Technology (Algiers, Algeria). She obtained her PhD (2013) from that university as well as a Magister (2009) in Biochemistry-Immunology. These are her two main research interests: (i) identifi cation of cellular and molecular mechanisms during infl ammatory diseases and cancer (ii) development of new therapeutic and diagnostic approaches. She has large expertise in cell culture system (2D and 3D culture models) and immuno-oncology fi eld. Hayet RAFA also has more recent, extensive experience with nanoantibodies production and the development of new tools for predictive diagnostic in cervical cancer. In the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), she plans to develop a new pre-clinical tool to assess innovative treatments such as the evaluation of immune cell therapy effi cacy and safety in colorectal cancer metastasis (Preclinical trial on chip).


Carmen Pheiffer, from South Africa, holds a PhD in medical biochemistry from Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa. She is the current deputy director of the Biomedical Research and Innovation Platform at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). In Vall d´Hebron Research Institute she will be working on the use of indigenous resources to identify novel therapeutics for Obesity and Type 2 diabetes, two disorders that are rapidly becoming a signifi cant cause of morbidity and mortality in Africa. This project aligns with the national objective to develop African medicines for African diseases. The research is innovative and has the potential to be patented and lead to product development. She is a committed mentor of young african black female scientists.


Njukeng Jetro Nkengafac, from Cameroun, obtained her PhD in Chemistry, at the University of Buea-Camerun. She is Head of Research at the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development in Cameroon. At the Physical Materials Center, she studies the potential of environmentally friendly cellulose nanoparticles as reinforcement agents in the production of natural rubber compounds. The expected impact is of great value because it would allow the degradation of rubber-based materials, such as tires from all types of vehicles, among other applications.


Zhikona Tywabi-Ngeva, a national of South Africa, obtained her PhD in Chemistry from the Technological University of Durban. Today, she works as a professor and researcher at the University of Fort Hare, School of Agriculture and Science. At the Repsol Technology Center, she focuses her research on the isolation, characterization and functionalization of cellulose nanocrystals from sugarcane bagasse with ionic liquid for application in drug delivery to develop next generation materials for regenerative medicine, drug delivery and nanotechnology. Great impact is expected due to the substitution of traditionally-used synthetic polymers and minerals for natural polymers extracted from sugarcane bagasse, which are renewable and biodegradable, and would avoid the use of harmful additives. She hopes to use the skills acquired during her fellowship research visit to start up her research group in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology.


Hanaa Zbakh, from Morocco, obtained her PhD in Biology, specialization in Phycology (Biology) and Biology from the University of Abdelmalek Essaadi, Tetouan, Morocco. She completed postdoctoral studies in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Graz, Austria. Today, she is a Researcher at the Biology Department of the University of Abdelmalek Essaadi. In 2017 she was awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO award acknowledging Women In Science.
At CIPF she researches the Anti-cancer Potential of Marine Algae Extract and Isolated Compounds. Dr. Zbakh’s research is expected to contribute to important therapeutic improvements that benefi t patients suffering from cancer, infl ammatory, autoimmune and infectious diseases.


Mona Said Mahmoud, from Cairo, Egypt, is a Professor of Parasitology in the faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Cairo University, where she obtained her PhD in Veterinary Medicine. In her host center, Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), she conducts research on cysticercosis and trichinellosis, two diseases which have been ranked as the most important food-borne parasites of humans in terms of public health, socioeconomic and trade impact. These are diseases that can lead to the death of the patient. She envisages to transfer the MBA (Multiplex Bead Assay) technology for its application to the diagnosis and control of helminth zoonoses, with special focus on zoonosis transmitted by pigs.


Sarah Mwangi, national of Kenia, earned her PhD in Bioinformatics, in the South African National Bioinformatics Institute, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. In the University of Pretoria her research focuses on the bioinformatics aspects of the Avocado genomics and works with postgraduate students on all bioinformatics aspects of their projects. At the Center for Genomic Regulation (CGR) in Barcelona, she envisages to better understand the molecular mechanisms of Avocado and their impact during stress response. She anticipates that results obtained from this study will lead to novel and/or precise methods for unravelling the mechanisms of gene regulation in Avocado.


Mansurah Abdulazeez, from Nigeria, got her PhD in Ahmadu Bello University and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Center for Biotechnology Research, Bayero University. In the Institute of Neurosciences (CSIC-UMH) of Alicante she works on the project ‘‘Molecular basis of therapy resistance in triple negative breast cancer’, hoping to understand the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in the progression to the metastatic state in cancer. In fact, cancer is causing great havoc in Nigeria and its damaging effect cannot be overestimated. However, the number of cancer researchers and cutting-edge research are limited due to lack of expertise and equipment.


Latifa Guesmi, from Tunisia, has a PhD in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) from the University of Carthage. She is currently a Permanent Assistant lecturer in Telecommunications at the Institut supérieur des Sciences Appliquées et de Technologie de Mateur (ISSATM).
At ICFO, she focuses on the optical components of the internet which are very cost-effective and show low consumption and high performance levels. This is a relevant objective in order to improve energy effi ciency in the fi eld of communications and to give internet access to remote areas of emerging economies.


Fatima Zohra Benhamida is assistant professor at the Higher National School of Computer Science Algiers, where she obtained her PhD in Computer Science. She is also a senior researcher at Laboratory of Methods of Conception of Systems (LMCS). Her research interests include topics related to wireless sensor networks, Internet of Things, and communication reliability. The studies of these topics help to solve socio-economic challenges as for eHealth and smart environments (agriculture, urban traffi c, etc.).
Dr. Benhamida has been invited to give lectures in Silicon Valley, San José State University, Carnegie Mellon university, and Singularity university at the Nasa Research Center, among others. She represents the Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR) for Horizon 2020 Projects which give a unique opportunity to close the research gaps between Algeria and Europe.
In DeustoTech she works on the project “Enabling Delay Tolerant Internet of Things to Solve Societal Challenges in Smart City Environments”


Erika Kraemer, from South Africa, was trained as an economist at the University of Cantabria, and got her PhD in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. Today, she works as an Associate Professor of Economics based at the University of Johannesburg, and as a researcher at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP) in South Africa.
At Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, her research focuses on Transformative innovation, the fourth industrial revolution and sustainable development in Africa. Dr. Kraemer has the ambition to develop a new theoretical framework to understand transformative innovation in the context of 4IR and from an African perspective. This is based on an interest to unpack the social and technological relationships that explain the rate, direction and patterns of (radical) innovation adoption, diffusion and use. She is a member of Cotec network of experts.


Agnes Nakakawa is a Ugandan information systems specialist, lecturer, and senior researcher at Makerere University in Kampala (Uganda). She has also been involved in consultancies associated with business-IT alignment in public and private enterprises. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands), an MSc. in Computer Science, and a degree in Statistics from Makerere University. Her research revolves around enterprise architecture development, e-health, e-government, and soft systems thinking. Therefore, at Kronikgune Research Center, Dr. Nakakawa will explore the extent to which enterprise architecture reasoning and systemic thinking can enable holistic assessment of maturity and readiness of health systems for providing integrated care services.


Dalia Medhat, from Egypt, obtained her PhD in Biochemistry at the Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Egypt. Today, she works as an Associate Professor of Medical Biochemistry and is a Principal Investigator at the National Research Center. Dr. Medhat wrote several books and articles about the molecular mechanisms of cancer, liver cirrhosis and diabetes, and has conducted research on the therapeutic effect of stem cells. At BioCruces, her host centre, she works on her project “Functional characterization of mesenchymal stem cells from Osteogenesis Imperfecta in pediatric patients”. Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), or brittle bone disease, is a rare genetic disease characterized by bone fragility, causing serious skeletal deformities and premature death in the most severe cases. At present there is no cure for OI; existing treatments are aimed at preventing bone loss and improving symptoms. Dr. Dalia Medhat is researching at the Stem Cell and Cell Therapy Laboratory of the IIS Biocruces Bizkaia focusing on the potential of human stem cells to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying OI, in order to develop new therapeutic strategies for this bone rare disease.


Hanana Basioni Ahmed, from Egypt, obtained her Ph.D in in Applied Organic Chemistry at Helwan University , with the Prize for the best Doctoral thesis. She was a Ph.D. Student at Institute of Textile Chemistry and Physics, in Dorinbirn, Innsbruck, Austria, and she is currently Lecturer of organic chemistry in Faculty of Science, Helwan University, where she is specialized in textile technology, nanoscience and polymers to be used in treatment of waste water, especially that released from textile industries. In fact, 10% of dyes are directly released into the ecosystem and water bodies from the textile industries acting as a carcinogenic and mutagenic to marine and human organisms. Dr. Ahmed has published extensively about it in several Egyptian and international journals.
At Donostia International Physics Center, Dr. Ahmed will work on her project “Application of Nano-alloys in Photocatalytic Degradation of Different Organic dyes in Industrial Water” with the aim to solve a vital social problem of water treatment in Egypt and highly considered through the whole.

Últimas noticias

Amigos de la fundación

Queremos ser 1 millón