Tania Bishola Tshitenge
Researcher / Co-founder – DRC Young Academy of Science
Tania Bishola Tshitenge is a researcher at the Bayer AG pharmaceutical company in Germany and an Associate Professor and Lecturer in Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Her field of interest is RNA biology, the regulation of gene expression and the understanding of drug mode of action using transcriptomics and next-generationa sequencing techniques.
She is also a co-founder of the DRC Young Academy of Science, a platform created in 2019 and officially launched in 2020 that is part of the Global Young Academy and aims to promote science as a choice of career for young people, to encourage innovation and to reward young people who excel in scientific research. She is also an advisor to the German Holger-Pöhlmann Foundation, helping to decide on the allocation of scholarships and funds.
Tania is also involved in charitable work: she is the Founder and President of the Zoé-Liziba Foundation, which provides educational, social and moral support to orphanages. Tania plans to set up her Molecular Biology laboratory at the University of Kinshasa to build the capacities of young people and carry out research projects in the field of infectious diseases. Her dream is to train a new generation of Congolese scientists of integrity who will change the image of Congo and Africa. She also hopes to build a free-open school for vulnerable children in order to break the cycle of poverty.