The Global Young Academy is pleased to welcome 40 new members to its ranks. All new members were inaugurated at the opening of this year's electronic Annual General Meeting (e-AGM) on 8 June 2020.
The 2020 new GYA members represent 30 different countries, come from all GYA general disciplines, and include 23 females, 1 non-binary, and 16 males.
Welcome all to the Global Young Academy!
Alma Hernández-Mondragón (Mexico)
Chemist / Science policy advisor
Alma is a chemist turned science-policy interface practitioner leading science advising efforts in México, particularly in México City. She has experience in the legislative and executive branches as a scientific advisor and public servant, respectively.
Amy Quandt (United States)
Assistant Professor / Environmental geography
Amy is a human ecologist and environmental social scientist specialising in the intersections of environmental conservation and rural livelihoods. She previously worked as the Global Coordinator for the Land-Potential Knowledge System Project Leave geography site.
Andreea Molnar (Australia)
Senior Lecturer / Information systems
Andreea is a Senior Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Her research focuses on computing for the social good, and she incorporates various aspects from information systems, human-computer interaction, and educational games.
Carlo D'lppoliti (Italy)
Associate professor / Political economy
Carlo obtained a joint PhD in economics from Sapienza University of Rome and from the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He specialises in the economics of science (with a focus on economics) and in the political economy of the European Union.
Chandra Shekhar Sharma (India)
Associate Professor / Chemical engineer
Chandra is the Chair of the Indian National Young Academy of Sciences and is with the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad. His research interests include energy storage devices and nature-inspired functional surfaces.
Chika Ejikeugwu (Nigeria)
Lecturer / Pharmaceutical microbiology/biotechnology
Chika completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences, Kyoto University, Japan, where he studied HIV-1 reservoir and cure. He is the founder of www.microdok.com, Africa’s Number 1 Microbiology website.
David Fernandez Rivas (Netherlands)
Assistant Professor / Molecular biology
David works on three topics: cavitation (or bubbles), renewable energy, and process intensification through microfluidics. He has co-founded two companies, and since 2014 has focussed on biomedical projects, particularly needle-free injection for small volumes delivery
Derya Baran (Saudi Arabia)
Material Scientist / Optoelectronic materials
Derya is an Assistant Professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. Her research group (OMEGALAB) focusses on engineering organic and hybrid materials for energy harvesting devices.
Devina Lobine (Mauritius)
Research Fellow / Pharmacology
Devina’s research centres on ethno-pharmacology, drug discovery and development on non-communicable diseases. She is a research fellow at the University of Mauritius, investigating herbal phosphodiesterase inhibitors as therapeutics for managing Alzheimer’s disease
Erna Karalija (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Associate Professor / Plant physiology and biochemistry
Erna is a member of the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Science, and has research interests in plant physiology, biochemistry and in vitro culture. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations.
Eshchar Mizrachi (South Africa)
Molecular Biologist / Plant systems biology
Eshchar is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology (BGM) and the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. His research focusses on modelling how wood forms in trees.
Estella Carpi (United Kingdom)
Anthropologist / Conflict-induced displacement
Estella focusses on humanitarianism, conflict-induced displacement, and identity politics in the Middle East. She is presently working on southern-led responses to displacement from Syria in the Department of Geography, University College London.
Janilyn Arsenio (Canada)
Assistant Professor / Immunology, single-cell genomics
Janilyn trained at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and the University of California San Diego. Her research studies immune responses during infection and chronic inflammation at the single-cell level. She is the Vice-Chair of Women in Science: Development, Outreach, and Mentoring (WISDOM), and a member of national societies for women in science.
Josep Armengol (Spain)
Senior Lecturer / Gender and cultural studies
Josep lectures in gender and cultural studies at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He has authored and edited several books, and is currently directing a European Union-funded project on ageing masculinities in contemporary European literatures and cinemas.
Justine Nzweundji (Cameroon)
Plant Biotechnologist / Medicinal plants
Justine’s research interest is tissue culture of medicinal plants for domestication and production of secondary metabolites. She is a Steering Committee member of INGSA-Africa, a TWAS-DFG fellow, and President of the Cameroon Academy of Young Scientists.
Karen Cloete (South Africa)
Biologist / Ion beam analysis
Karen is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, specialising in elemental fingerprinting and mapping of biological matrices using ion, nuclear, and synchrotron beam techniques.
Leila Niamir (Germany)
Researcher / Behavioural climate change mitigation
Leila is a researcher at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin, Germany. She is also working on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report as a Chapter Scientist and Contributing Author.
Mai Tolba (Egypt)
Pharmacologist / Molecular cancer pharmacology
Mai is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, and an Affiliate of the African Academy of Sciences. Her work focuses on the mechanisms of resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapy and immunotherapy to develop novel approaches to convert nonresponders to responders.
Markus J. Prutsch (Belgium)
Historian and Political Scientist / Cultural and identity studies
Markus is a senior investigator and official at the European Parliament, and associate professor of modern and contemporary history at Heidelberg University, Germany. His main interests are constitutionalism, democracy and dictatorship in the modern world.
Menattallah Elserafy (Egypt)
Assistant Professor / Genomics
Menattallah is currently at the Center for Genomics, Zewail City of Science and Technology (ZC), Egypt. She did her MSc and PhD at Heidelberg University, Germany, and her postdoc at ZC. Menattallah is a recipient of the L’Oreal-UNESCO fellowship for women in science.
Mita Dasog (Canada)
Assistant Professor / Materials science
Currently with the Chemistry Department at Dalhousie University, Mita's research group focusses on the development of nano- and micro-materials for solar light absorption, chemical fuel generation using renewable energy, and plasmonics-driven catalysis and desalination.
Muhammad Farooq (Oman)
Associate Professor / Agronomy
Muhammad is an Associate Professor in Crop Sciences at the Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman, Associate Professor in Agronomy at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia.
Myrtani Pieri (Cyprus)
Assistant Professor / Molecular biology
Myrtani holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Oxford, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Nicosia. Her research work focuses on kidney and gastrointestinal tract physiology.
Nafissa Ismail (Canada)
University Research Chair / Stress and mental health
As the leader of the NeuroImmunology, Stress, and Endocrinology (NISE) laboratory, Nafissa and her multidisciplinary research team investigate the mechanisms through which stress and inflammation can induce stressrelated mental disorders during adolescence.
Natasha Gownaris (United States)
Ecologist / Marine and freshwater conservation
Tasha is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Department at Gettysburg College. Her research uses natural history and quantitative ecology to inform the conservation of marine and freshwater systems.
Nina Yasuda (Japan)
Associate Professor / Marine biology
Nina is with the Faculty of Agriculture in the University of Miyazaki, Japan. She joined the Science Council of Japan in 2017, and worked as a secretary of the Sub-Committee of International Activities, Young Academy of Japan. Her research focusses on the conservation of coral reef ecosystems.
Nurcan Tuncbag (Turkey)
Associate Professor / Computational biologydevelopment
Nurcan develops computational frameworks using graph theory, optimisation and informatics techniques to reveal how the interactions between proteins and genes are altered during disease.
Patrick Roberts (Germany)
Archaeological Scientist / Tropical forest prehistory
Patrick is Group Leader of the Stable Isotope Laboratory at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany. His research interest involves how our species has adapted to tropical forests, from its earliest evolution in Africa through to modern conservation tensions.
Pei Sean Goh (Malaysia)
Associate Professor / Chemical and energy engineering
Pei Sean is an associate research fellow of the Advanced Membrane Research Technology Research Centre, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), and also the Head of Nanostructured Materials Research Group at UTM.
Prabhat Singh (India)
Chemist / Application of stimulus-responsive materials
Prabhat finished his PhD in 2011 in the field of ultrafast fluorescence spectroscopy of Amyloid markers. He is currently a scientist at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, and a member of the Indian National Young Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Sciences, India.
Pradeep Kumar (South Africa)
Pharmaceutical Scientist / Regenerative medicine
Pradeep is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics at Wits University and is an NRF Y1-rated researcher. His multidisciplinary expertise involves core pharmaceutics and regenerative medicine concepts. Pradeep is an inventor on 11 granted patents.
Prosper Ngabonziza (Germany)
Experimental Physicist / Nanotechnology
Prosper’s research is in the fields of experimental physics and material science. He has been working on topological insulators, which have potential technological application in quantum computation. He is currently at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart.
Ramia Albakain (Jordan)
Associate Professor / Analytical chemistry
Ramia holds a PhD with honour degree from Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Analytique, Paris, France. Her research focusses on the impact of using analytical chemistry for developing new methods in water-energy-food security
Saja Al Zoubi (United Kingdom)
Researcher / Gender and forced migration
Saja’s research focusses on issues of gender and rural development, including issues of women’s empowerment. Since war broke out in Syria, she has researched ways to improve the livelihoods and food security of affected households – especially women-headed households.
Sami Miaari (Israel)
Lecturer / Economics
Sami currently lectures in the Department of Labor Studies in Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and is a Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. His research focuses on labor economics and the economic causes and consequences of conflict.
Sophie Theriault (Canada)
Legal Scholar / Constitutional and environmental law
Sophie is a Full Professor and Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, at the University of Ottawa. Her current research interests focus on Indigenous peoples’ rights in the context of natural resources extraction and environmental justice.
Sri Fatmawati (Indonesia)
Assistant Professor / Natural product chemistry
Fatmawati is a scientist in the Laboratory of Natural Product and Synthetic Chemistry, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya - Indonesia. She is also Chair of the Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World – Indonesia, and Vice Chair for Frontiers of Science of Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences.
Syed Abbas (India)
Associate Professor / Mathematician
Syed is currently Chairperson of the School of Basic Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India. He is also a fellow and currently core committee member of the Indian National Young Academy of Sciences.
Victorien Tamègnon Dougnon (Benin)
Senior Lecturer / Molecular microbiology
Victorien is involved in antimicrobial resistance research in Africa, applications of microbiological techniques to the resolution of development problems, and the exploration of Benin’s flora for the treatment of infectious and non-communicable diseases.
Zhen Wang (China)
Distinguished Professor / Network science
Currently at Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, Zhen is the founder and Director of the Net-DataSci Lab, and was nominated as the Vice Dean of the Institute of Science & Technology. He is an elected member of the Academia Europaea, and The Academy of Europe.