Dr. Karine Ndjoko Ioset
Karine Ndjoko Ioset is a circulating brain between Switzerland, Germany and DR Congo. She
is a Professor of analytical chemistry at the University of Lubumbashi and General Manager
of the Excellence Scholarship Program named BEBUC (Bourse d’Excellence Bringmann aux
Universités Congolaises), a partnership involving the University of Würzburg (Germany), 16
Congolese universities and 9 schools (http://www.foerderverein-uni-kinshasa.de/).
She earned her MSc and PhD degrees in Switzerland, from the Universities of Neuchâtel and
Lausanne, respectively. She accomplished a post-doctorate stay in Copenhagen (Denmark).
She specialized in nuclear magnetic resonance, hyphenated and separation techniques applied
to natural products chemistry. She has led the Analytical Service of the School of
Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) for twelve years. At this
position, she brought analytical solutions to international companies (Novartis, Nestlé,
Boerhinger Ingelheim and more), supervised MSc and PhD works, and taught hyphenated
techniques to students from all over the world. She holds 50 publications, two book chapters
and two scientific prizes (Alfred Vogel Award and Swiss Chemical Society). At the
University of Lubumbashi, she teaches since 2015 and contributes in building a new
curriculum in chemistry.
Since 2009, Karine Ndjoko Ioset has invested her academic and research expertise to
implement a platform with innovative practices and policies enabling BEBUC scholars to
build their curricula and become young skillful professors of tomorrow urgently needed in
DRC. The renewal of the over-aging Congolese academic staff is the main objective of
BEBUC. Karine Ndjoko Ioset has brought ideas to actions and political awareness on the
fundamental necessity to sustain higher education through South-South partnership, to
construct Africa-relevant research projects, to support young people, women in particular. As
a female scientist, she inspires girls and women to pursue a career in STEM. She organizes
woman seminars to guide them in their career, to overcome the barriers, to boost their
visibility and to foster their leadership. With ca. 190 young academics, 34% of women and
the first 8 already nominated professors in the Congo, BEBUC forms a kinship of scientists
evolving at universities all around the world. BEBUC fosters women inclusion, nurtures
excellence, integrity, leadership, and international cooperation.
Born in Kinshasa, September 11, 1986, Clarisse FALANGA performs her primary studies at Malamba and St. Joseph/Bonsomi schools, then continued secondary studies at the Jesuit Bonsomi College, where she graduated with a degree in Chemistry-Biology (biochemistry) in 2004.
After this, driven by this flame of excellence, the young thirty-something finds her way by enrolling in the Faculty of science of the University of Kinshasa where she got her Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology with the mention “Distinction” in 2009. Research work was done on the suitability of different imported hair creams and the texture of the frizzy hair of African women in 2010. Findings led to the development of a hair cream which she called Miravella Hair Cream.
In 2012, Clarisse FALANGA was named Assistant Manager of education at the University of Kinshasa Faculty of Science/Department of biology.
Continued studies in different areas of training was always in scientific research. She works in collaboration with the Department of biotechnology and molecular biology to the General Commissariat in the Atomic Energy of Kinshasa (CGEA/CREN-K) in the field of plant breeding and Mutations-induced.
In 2018, after 8 years of extensive research, the talented young woman receives a Patent of Invention, a certificate for the Protection of the mark, a trophy of excellence Strong Ladies and a certificate of appreciation to UN women for distinction in innovation for the invention of Miravella Hair Cream. That same year, she was also promoted as Chief of works at the Department of biology of the University of Kinshasa. Clarisse FALANGA is now working on a master’s degree, and is conducting research in several laboratories.
Apart from scientific qualities mentioned above, Clarisse FALANGA is an expert in event organization and in this capacity she created Celebra Pecunia, a performance platform. This bright young lady is also a member of the Women Leaders in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Through these research, Clarisse FALANGA faces a range of challenges. The first is financial. Due to the lack of funding, she was forced to self-fund her research by any means possible. The second is psychological that patients are affected by the appearance of their hair. They know a mental block and are not allowed to talk about the real causes of the loss of their hair, because it is often linked to their social life, or even conjugal intimacy. A third problem is that Clarisse FALANGA has a duty to not only bring the women to accept the state of defeat but more, accept that their fall could lead to a solution. The last difficulty is related to the impatience of patients in the process of hair growth. Most of the patients very quickly want to have results forgetting the causes or the number of years during which they suffer from these hair conditions. This situation puts our star of science in the role of inviting the women not only to be patient but especially to respect the limits as to how improved hair can impact their mental health.
Experience that Clarisse FALANGA has acquired in all of her research provides a way to motivate youth to demonstrate determination and inner energy against the obstacles of life. She invites women in general and the girl in particular, often marginalized, stifled, and living in the periphery to never give up in terms of socio-cultural stereotypes. She encourages youth to fight, find a space and to impose an identity in society despite obstacles and pain that litter the the life course of young ladies who could be future leaders.
The research undertaken by Clarisse FALANGA was intended to solve a thorny problem of public health that is disturbing the young women and by extension the population. These studies will revolutionize and contribute to the regulation of the industry of cosmetics in the Democratic Republic of Congo but more, they will raise international awareness of women about how to practice good maintenance of their hair, and appearance. In the near future, this Invention will be certified, a research laboratory will be established to support her thesis, and to invest in coaching so many young girls and women in science that can serve the company and the people of the DRC.
Dr. Ileka Graduated from the University of Michigan in the USA.
There, he earned a PhD in Chemistry.
He is a native of the DRC.
Dr. Ileka works as a Process Analytical Chemist at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Kevin Ileka, PhD
Bob Arthur Lubamba, PhD., is founder and chief executive officer of SciBioix Consulting, and Senior Scientist at SciKon innovation. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium. He has a Master’s degree in Physiology, Biomolecular and Therapeutics from Université Francois Rabelais, Tours, France. He was Research associate at Marsico Lung Institute at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA from 2016 to 2018. He was Postdoc Research associate at The Cystic Fibrosis and Pulmonary Diseases Research and Treatment Center (CF Center) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA from 2011 to 2016. He has had extensive Research academic experience and Leadership experience.
Dr. Lubamba’s research has focused on drug development and inflammatory diseases, with specialization in unfolded protein response pathway, immunology, and inflammatory mechanisms in lung Diseases. He has an extensive experience in translational research, respiratory diseases modeling systems and pathophysiology. He has been the Principal Investigator on many funded grants that aim to understand lung diseases and drug development. He is author of multiple journal articles and book chapter.
Dr. Lubamba is a member of European Respiratory society, The American Heart Association, Society for Mucosal Immunology, Journal Reviewer for International Journal of Molecular sciences, Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Immunology National Academy of Medicine, and a recipient of the Belgium Royal Academy of medicine award (Albert-Pierre – Jean DUSTIN (2003-2007)). At SciBioix Consulting, He offers project delivery expertise to clients in biologics, pharmaceutical, medical device and combination product industries. Services include engineering, scientific, quality and regulatory support, preclinical drug development consulting services with expertise in toxicology technology and IT services.