SANBio Student Ambassador for Botswana, Keletso Masisi has been selected as a fellow for Emerging Leaders in Synthetic Biology and Biosecurity in Africa. Synbio Africa is a forum for researchers, students, citizen scientists, policymakers and the public. The forum convenes and develops successful pathways for the propagation of synthetic biology technologies, products, and services throughout Africa.
Masisi is among the first cohort of 16 young professionals from across the African continent to attend the SynBio Africa inaugural conference which will take place in Kampala, Uganda in October.
The goal of this event is to officially launch SynBio Africa and to create a recurring international synthetic biology conference that brings together the science community. This will include synthetic biology enthusiasts, scientists, data scientists, bioinformaticians, researchers, ethicists, policymakers, SynBio companies and industries across Africa and beyond.
Masisi believes that the fellowship will contribute to her passion for research capacity building and that she will acquire skills that will further encourage aspiring young leaders in her country.
“It is my hope that the selection will inspire other upcoming female researchers,” she said.
The multifaceted Masisi is not only a SANBio Ambassador who advocates for research collaborations and solutions-based biotechnology research, she also works as a research assistant at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST). She is academically trained in biological sciences and biotechnology.
Her research interest is in applied microbiology and renewable energy focusing on local resources.
In addition to the advocacy, she also encourages gender gap bridging in STEM and raising mental health awareness amongst researchers.