WAYS was built by young scientists, for young scientists. The team is comprised of a large network of volunteers and partners spread across the globe, who all contribute to the movement to spread scientific knowledge and interest.
Here are some of our most active members, both online and in the real world:
President / Benevolent Dictator
Gaëll Mainguy is a former pupil of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and a Doctor in Molecular biology (Pierre and Marie Curie University). He successively works for the CNRS (Paris), the Center for Biomedical Genetics (Utrecht, The Netherlands) and the INSERM (Paris). In 2004, he is elected President of the World Academy of Young Scientists (WAYS). This international organization founded by UNESCO has the task of developing interactions between young scientists across the world, irrespective of their discipline, and of creating areas for interactions between science and society. Gaëll Mainguy joins the Veolia Institute in 2006 and is in charge of developing its scientific editorial policy.
Outreach and Public Relations Director / Community Gardener
My work has centered upon understanding the molecular mechanisms by which cancer cells evade cell death. My doctoral work at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Insitute (under the guidance Dr. Alex Almasan) and Case Western Reserve University revealed an unique method by which a molecular transcription factor called E2F4 could contribute to a G2-cell cycle arrest following ionizing radiation. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine (in the lab Dr. Peter Glazer), there has been a similar role for E2F4 in the tumor microenvironment, which is characterized by low oxygen tension. In my current position, I have also been focusing on the genes regulated in hypoxia by E2F4, which are idependent of HIF1-alpha signaling. More recently, I have been investigating microRNA regulation that is modulated by hypoxia.
Open Science Policy Director / Science in the Long Run
I am a biophysicist focusing on the application of methods from physics to the study of biological structures and processes from a comparative evolutionary perspective, with a current emphasis on applications of brain morphometry (e.g. gyrification and cortical thickness) to the study of schizophrenia. Other than that, I am actively involved in the emerging field of Science 2.0, in which Web 2.0 tools are combined with the scientific method, typically to make the research process or its results more widely and more rapidly accessible. I strongly support the Open Access movement and I try to perform more and more of my research and teaching in the open.
Chairman, WAYS-Africa / Royal Abacus Manager
Henry Roman is a former student of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (MSc Biochemistry) and Rhodes University (PhD Biotechnology), both in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. In 2005 he started a post-doc in the division Biosciences, CSIR, South Africa. He left the CSIR as a Projects Manager in 2008 to join Metago Engineering Services, an environmental consultancy as a Scientist. Henry has an active interest in the bioremediation of acid mine drainage, and the environmental health of South Africa's water resources.
In 2007 he was elected Chairperson of WAYS Africa. He currently serves on the Management Committee of the Young Water Professionals of Southern Africa and is a registered professional scientist with SACNASP.
Technology and Infrastructure Director / Inquisitive Walrus Programming
Steven provides training, support and general mischief to medical groups, scientists, non-profits, academia and community groups in developing countries and in underserved communities in developed countries - helping implement fun things like open-ended virtual communities, rich media distribution, citizen journalism, and intelligent information architecture in ways that make sense to human beings.