From Africa to Europe: A black immunologist's journey in the rough terrain of academia

Dr Yassin Elfaki

Institute of Immunity & Transplantation, Division of Infection & Immunity - University College London

I received my BSc in medical laboratory science (microbiology) in 2009 from Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST), Khartoum, Sudan. While working in SUST as a teaching assistant then as a lecturer after receiving an MSc in medical laboratory science, I realised that I had to go Europe or North America to be able to do cutting-edge research, due to lack of resources. Having been inspired by great discoveries in immunology, I've always known that I want to be an immunologist. In 2015, I was awarded a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to do PhD at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), Braunschweig, Germany. Since 2019, after obtaining my PhD, I've been working as a postdoctoral research fellow at UCL's Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, London, UK. In this webinar, I'll summarise my journey as a black immunologist in academia through three different countries, with a particular emphasis on the difficulties I faced in obtaining funding for graduate studies.

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