Feb 22

Collaborative Biotech Research: The Case of Ashesi’s Open DNA Collection in Africa

Location
Zoom Webinar
Date(s)
Jun 13, 2024 from 9:30am (EDT)

The University of Toronto and Ashesi University are pleased to invite you to the next episode of the Health in Africa series discussing Collaborative Biotech Research: The Case of Ashesi’s Open DNA in Africa.

This conversation will be led by Dr. Elena Rosca who heads the Engineering Department at Ashesi.

  • Explore innovative biotech solutions
  • Learn how Ashesi is using these solutions to impact healthcare systems
  • Appreciate the work and impact of the Regional Distribution Center for Open DNA Collections in West Africa

Our speaker, Dr. Elena Rosca, has been part of Ashesi University since 2016.

Before moving to Ghana, she taught at the University of Hull where she researched onco-immunomodulation (the activation of the immune system for cancer treatment) and the application of focus ultrasound.

An alumnus of Arizona State University, she has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and microbiology, a master’s in microbiology, and a PhD in Bioengineering. She has worked at Johns Hopkins University and King’s College London doing cancer research.

Join us at 9:30 am EDT (1:30 GMT) on the 13th of June on Zoom.

 

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