Department of Biochemistry
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Originally from Rwanda (currently living in South Africa), a PhD Biochemistry candidate (under the guidance of Prof. Ian Dubery) in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), in South Africa. After the completion of a B.Phil. degree in Philosophy (magna cum laude, Urbaniana University, Rome 2004), I started my scientific journey in 2006, enrolling in a B.Sc. Biochemistry-Chemistry degree program at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2012, I completed a M.Sc. degree in Biochemistry (cum laude). My current PhD research involves (plant) metabolomics approaches to investigate the biochemistry of host-pathogen interactions. My research interests include metabolomics, host-pathogen interactions, immune response (at molecular level), data analysis and bioinformatics. I am a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (since 2007) and scientific societies (e.g. ChromSA, SAAMS, SASBMB and International Metabolomics Society), received some awards and authored/co-authored metabolomics papers.
As a “young” biochemist, using metabolomics to interrogate cellular biochemistry at a global level, I have gained extensive experience (skills and knowledge) throughout the metabolomic pipeline from experimental design to advanced analytical platforms (such as GC-MS and LC-MS) and the downstream data processing and analysis. In our metabolomics research group (in the Department of Biochemistry at the UJ), my responsibilities include supervision of B.Sc. Honours students and assisting the MSc/PhD candidates in their metabolomic data analyses. I have been (and still am) involved in metabolomics workshops (locally and internationally) as either a participant or in organizing and training (e.g. EMBO workshop on metabolomics, 2013 UK: participant; SIMCA workshop, 2015 SA: organizing and training).