Travel Awardees


Amany Abou Elfadel (Egypt)

I am Dr. Amany Maher, Assistant Consultant of Biochemistry in Faculty of Medicine Ain Shams Research Institute (MASRI). I am the executive manager of MASRI Biobank, it’s mainly a cancer biobank for fluid (blood, urine and other body fluids) and tissue samples.

I have been working in the field of research for the last 7 years concerning liver hepatitis, hematoma and cell culture. I have many publications in this field nationally and internationally and others in press.

I have been also supervising masters and PhD in these fields. I am working on the establishment of our biobank. The infrastructure is finished. We are furnishing it in the meantime and I am working on our SOP’s according to the international guidelines and our workflow. We have registered in IARC last year.

 Birendra Yadav (India)


Dr. Birendra Kumar Yadav is manager of India’s First Liver Biobank know as National Liver Disease Biobank (NLDB), ILBS, New Delhi, India.

In this role he is working to establish and develop biobank SOPS, policies, and collaboration with hospitals, research institutes and to oversee operation of biobank. Previously, he was the Scientist Cum Technical Manager at the north India’s first Tumor Biorepository at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and research center, New Delhi. Since its inception he was involve in establishment of Biorepository (since 2013-17), therefore he got an opportunity to face many challenges overcoming which he helped the institute to turn into a sustainable and efficient Biorepository.

He speaks internationally about biobanking and its prospects and challenges in India. Dr. Yadav is a molecular biologist with a broad background in research and development. He earned his doctorate in medicine at Kangwon National University, Republic of Korea.

 Jean Marie Nana (Cameroon)



Dr. Nana Jean Marie, MSc in Medical microbiology and PhD candidate, is a Cameroonian senior biologist and Technical Director of a Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (Laboratoires la Grace in Yaoundé, Cameroon).

He started a biobanking facility in this structure and has collected samples and tissue destined for biomedical research as well as training junior Scientists. His interests are in the area of hematological disorders and cancer causing viruses. His collection well over 1000 samples and these are being used in several single and multi-center studies across the globe.

Very friendly and open to new opportunities for collaboration and research, he is also the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cameroon.

Milcah Dhoro (Zimbabwe)


Dr. Dhoro has more than 12 years’ experience in the field of genetics. She is currently a senior lecturer and a pharmacogenetics research scientist in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, at the College of Health Sciences University of Zimbabwe. Her research interests focus on understanding the effects of patient genetic variability with respect to disease susceptability and response to medicines, towards the discovery of safer and effective medicines and development of diagnostic tools that can contribute to improved disease detection, treatment and monitoring.

In addition to her research interests, Dr Dhoro is an active member of the following organizations:
• The Biobank and Cohort Network (BCNet) International Working Group
• European Middle Eastern & African Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB)

She is currently working on establishing a Pharmacogenomic Testing and Biorespository Laboratory in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology.


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