About US

supporting Science in africa

At TReND, we believe in the value of scientific innovation for economic and societal progress. We support biomedical research in Africa by giving African researchers the tools and expertise to advance their own research goals. 

Originally founded at Cambridge University, we are a non-profit organisation run primarily by a large network of scientist volunteers at top universities around the world. We are passionate about scientific empowerment and innovation. 

The trend team

Prof. Tom Baden FRSB

Prof. Tom Baden FRSB

Founding Director and Trustee

Tom runs the Vision and Visual ecology lab at the University of Sussex, UK. His scientific work has been recognised on multiple occasions, such as the 2016 Eppendorf Prize and the 2019 Nature/Tencents Global Impact Award. At TReND, Tom oversees technical and finanical aspects and is particularly involved in Neuroscience training as well as efforts to push open science across the African continent.

Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino

Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino

Founding Director and Trustee

Lucia runs the Neural Circuits and Evolution lab at the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK. Her numerous awards include the FENS-EJN Young Investigator Prize 2018 and the Passion in Science Award 2016. Besides overseeing the smooth running of TReND in general, Lucia is particularly involved in Neuroscience and genome editing training courses as well as wider policy issues.

Prof. Sadiq Yusuf

Prof. Sadiq Yusuf

Founder and Director of African Affairs

Sadiq is the Vice Chancellor of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU), Kampala, Uganda. The former President of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) and current board member is overseeing key runnings of TReND activities all across the continent. Often interacting at the governmental level, he is particularly involved shaping long-term policy and large-scale projects.

Samyra Salek

Samyra Salek

General Coordinator

Samyra worked as a project manager for companies in Brazil, Germany and United Kingdom. After volunterring for three years at TReND she decided to make a career change to help us develop and improve our courses and volunteering programs.

Dr. Pauline Essah

Dr. Pauline Essah

Trustee

Pauline is a Senior Manager for Global Health at the National Institute for Health Research. Pauline provides strategic and governance input to the TReND leadership, advises on in scientific teaching, research, training and mentorship, and supports fundraising activities.

Dr. Jelena Aleksic

Dr. Jelena Aleksic

Trustee

Jelena is an award-winning entrepreneur, passionate about bringing genomics and healthcare innovations to people who need them. She is the Founder and Director of SparkBio Ltd and the Director of Business Development of  PharmEnable.

Dr. Mahmoud Maina FRSA

Dr. Mahmoud Maina FRSA

Outreach Coordinator

Mahmoud is a Neuroscience Postdoc at Sussex, UK and visiting faculty at Yobe, Nigeria. His work as TReND Outreach Coordinator and founder of Science Communication Hub Nigeria has been recognised through numerous awards such as his current Wellcome Public Engagement grant.

 

Dr. Ana Silbering

Dr. Ana Silbering

Volunteer Coordinator

Ana finished her PhD at the Free University of Berlin and since May 2019 she works at the Pedagogical Unit of the School of Medicine.

Dr. Yunusa M Garba

Dr. Yunusa M Garba

Almuni Coordinator

Yunusa obtained his PhD from the University of Konstanz at the Max-Planck Institute, he is also a lecturer at the College of Medical Sciences Gombe State University. He is also co-organizer of the yearly TReND neuroscience course.

Dr. Lukas von Tobel

Dr. Lukas von Tobel

Equipment Coordinator

Lukas obtained his Ph.D. in 2014 at EPFL. He joined the entrepreneur-world in 2017 to lead a small prosthetic startup “SwissProsthetics” where he stayed from 2017-2019.

Marie Pertin

Marie Pertin

Consumables Coordinator

Marie is a Laboratory Manager for the Neuroscience Department at the Lausanne University Hospital. She is responsible for all materials (reagents, kits, and chemicals) used during our courses and workshops.

Andre Maia Chagas

Andre Maia Chagas

Open Science Coordinator

André is a research bioengineer in the Neurosciences Department at Sussex University. He is a Mozilla and FreiesWissen Fellow, an editor at PLoS Open Source Toolkit and founder of Open Neuroscience.

Dr. Thomas Auer

Dr. Thomas Auer

Genome Editing Corrdinator

Thomas is an SFN Ambizione Fellow at the University of Lausanne, studying the evolution of sensory circuits in Drosophilids. He is the main organiser of TReND’s Genome Editing Courses.

Dr. Renee Hartig

Dr. Renee Hartig

Course Organizer

Renee assists with the Volunteer Program and organizes educational courses tailored toward training young scientists in Africa.

Dr. Daniel Münch

Dr. Daniel Münch

Website and IT

Daniel is a postdoc at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon. He won a Research Fellowship DFG and Independent Research Start-Up Grant from Zukunftskolleg Uni Konstanz and he taught in the TReND summer school of Drosophila in Dar es Salaam.

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Transferrable skills

We aim to ensure long-term impact through skill transfer.  We prioritise activities that build expertise within the communities we work in.

Responsible science

Ensuring responsible conduct of science is very important to TReND.  We foreground responsible and ethical conduct in all our activities.

Frugal science

Through our work with Open Hardware we encourage high quality, low-cost research.

Networking

Our expanding alumni network links researchers both within and beyond Africa, building a strong base for a truly global future.

Open Science

Open Science is an important element of all we do at TReND. We aim to ensure that all our activities foreground openness and responsible sharing.

Fun!

All TReND members volunteer because they are passionate about science. We aim to transfer our passion and enthusiasm to all our participants so that they too believe that science is fun!

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