Meet our awesome team!
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The ‘Sensational Six’ team:

Dr Christine Boinett - Creator and Executive producer

Originally from Kenya, is the product manager and head of training for the JUNO and GPS global genome projects at WSI. My expertise is in Bacterial genetics and antimicrobial resistance. In my current role, I develop free online bioinformatic courses for JUNO and GPS as well as continuing to deliver training for ACSC and the FutureLearn MOOC platform. 


Dr. Alice Matimba - Senior producer 

Originally from Zimbabwe, she manages the organisation, development and delivery of genomics courses for researchers and healthcare professionals in Africa, Asia and Latin America as part of the ACSC programme. Her expertise is in biomedical sciences, pharmacogenomics, health research and education, and capacity building for LMICs. @alicepn


Isabela Malta - Research Lead and Producer

Originally from Brazil, recently joined the ACSC team where she assists in managing the organisation and development of courses for audiences in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her background is in microbiology and data sciences.


Emmanuella Oppong - Producer

Originally from Ghana, currently works as a teaching assistant in Harlem; she was a 2019 Watson fellow. Her background is in biomedical engineering, and global service & education.


Catherine Holmes - Marketing lead

From the UK, is a marketing professional currently working for Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science, leading on their marketing activities related to learning, training and research. Her background is marketing and communications for non-profit organisations. 


Mariana Vaz - Sound and Media editor.

Originally from Portugal, is an award-winning filmmaker currently working on a freelance basis as a videographer and video editor. Previously interned with ACSC. More information about my work can be found here:


Special thanks to:

  • First and foremost our funders, Wellcome Sanger Institute (WSI), Wellcome Advanced courses and scientific conferences (ACSC), and the Social entrepreneurship to spur health (SESH).
  • Joe Tucker from SESH Global, the London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine and University of North Carolina.
  • Darren Hughes from ACSC.
  • Charles Weatherhogg from WSI.
  • Steve Palmer, Catriona Clarke, Alison Cranage, Mattew Midgely and the WSI Comms team.
  • Piraveen Gopalasingam and The Cabana Network, from the EMBL- European bioinformatics Institute.
  • Grace Mwaura and the African Academy of sciences.
  • Stephen Bentley from WSI and the JUNO and GPS networks.

Many thanks to our colleagues, friends, families and to you our listeners that made this podcast come to life. Hope you come back for season 2!


Contact us


Twitter: @mentor_podcast 



Editing by Mariana Vaz:

Host: Emmanuela Oppong 







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