Yvonne Mburu, PhD
Co-Founder & CEO
Yvonne is a scientist with over 10 years of experience in immunology and oncology. She is also a healthcare consultant with strong interests in evidence-based policymaking and strategic planning. A proud alumna of Precious Blood High School, Riruta, Yvonne started her university career as a Biology and Chemistry double major on a partial scholarship at York University in Toronto, Canada before moving to the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for her doctoral studies. Here, she studied the mechanisms of cancer metastasis and the role of chronic inflammation in tumor progression. At the completion of her PhD research, she won the inaugural Lloyd J. Old Memorial Award and a CRI-Irvington Fellowship from the Cancer Research Institute (New York) to undertake her post-doctoral studies at the Curie Institute in Paris, France on the immunotherapy of bladder cancer. Over her scientific career, Yvonne has extensively explored the immune system with respect to its dysfunction in diseases such as cancer.
Yvonne is passionate about advancing scientific innovations, optimizing healthcare resources, and promoting medical and science education. She founded this initiative to help bridge the gap between the vast professional resource in the diaspora and the enormous need for their skills and resources back on the African continent. Above all, she remains stubbornly optimistic that African expertise can and will solve Africa’s challenges.
In her free time, she is an avid reader, loves running and dancing. She is fluent in English, French and Swahili, and is a self-confessed and unashamed nerd. @YMScientist
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