Trainee Leadership Committee

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The IUBMB Trainee Initiative Leadership Committee

 

Representatives by geographical region – FAOBMB, FASBMB, FEBS, PABMB

 

Cathy Cozma

Cathy Cozma, Chair

PABMB Region
MSc Student
BC Cancer Research Center | Canada

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Cathy Cozma is an MSc student in the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program at BC Cancer Research Center in Vancouver. Her work focuses on finding druggable DNA damage proteins in Dr. Peter Stirling’s lab. She hopes to improve accessibility to science education for all and increase engagement of trainees with various professional development initiatives world-wide.

Oswald Djihinto

Oswald Y. Djihinto

FASBMB Region
PhD Student
University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC) | Benin

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Oswald Y. Djihinto is a third-year PhD student at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), studying malaria-transmitting vectors biology with Dr Luc Djogbenou at the Tropical Infectious Diseases Research Centre. He is originally from Thio, Department of Colline, Benin (West Africa). Oswald hopes to build a solid international network to help disseminate knowledge and provide cutting edge training to Young African scientists in the field of molecular sciences especially, in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Mihaela Jovanovic

Mihaela Jovanović

FEBS Region
MSc Student
University of Zagreb | Croatia

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Mihaela Jovanovic graduated medical biochemistry in 2022 and is currently working at the Clinical Department of Laboratory Diagnostics at University Hospital Dubrava, Zagreb. She also collaborates with the Centre for Research and Knowledge Transfer in Biotechnology working with analytical biochemistry techniques such as HPLC. Her goal is to combine her two passions: clinical and research laboratory work to promote modern personalized medicine. She is passionate about bringing the clinic to scientists and vice versa and hopes to inspire young biochemists to be imaginative as researchers and practical as clinicians.

Sunnie Kong

Sunnie Kong

PABMB Region
PhD Student
University of California, Berkeley | USA

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Sunnie Kong grew up in Vancouver, Canada and is currently a PhD student in Chemical Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studies the biochemistry of metalloenzymes. She is excited to use her passion for science education to help connect students with training opportunities around the world.

Ryan C.V. Lintao

Ryan C.V. Lintao

FAOBMB Region
MD-PhD Candidate
University of the Philippines Manila | Philippines

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Ryan Lintao is an MD-PhD student from the University of the Philippines Manila with research interests in perinatology and reproductive biomedicine. Currently, he is a Visiting Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas Medical Branch studying immunologic aspects of fetal membrane homeostasis and their role in parturition. He joined the Trainee Initiative to aid foster collaboration and cooperation among emerging researchers in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology, link opportunities for skills development and training to other scientists-in-training particularly in low- to middle-income countries, and help make scientific knowledge accessible to many people.

Patrick Penndorf

Patrick Penndorf

FEBS Regional Leader &
IUBMB Communications Officer

MSc Student
University of Montréal | Canada &
University of Jena | Germany

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Patrick Penndorf studied Biochemistry before recently finishing a double master’s degree in Molecular Medicine in between two Universities in Germany and Canada. His research focused on Epigenetics, Neuroscience and Immunology while he is also striving in the field of sustainable laboratory practices. His greatest interest lies in connecting research worldwide and to contribute to the knowledge and success of the next generation of passionate researchers.

Jessie Wong Ling Ai

Jessie Wong Ling Ai

FAOBMB Region
PhD Candidate
Duke-NUS Medical School | Singapore

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Jessie Wong Ling Ai is a PhD Candidate in Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, where her research focuses on lipid metabolism in breast cancer metastasis under the supervision of Prof. Ong Sin Tiong. With prior experience in mentoring science undergraduates and entrepreneurship, her goal is to help form a network to help scientific trainees to connect, explore opportunities, and to achieve their goals through the IUBMB Trainee Initiative.