MEET THE TEAM

The Faces of Our Organization

BlackinCancer has developed so quickly in the last few months. We’re extremely proud of each and every member of the organising committee, not only for their scientific contributions to cancer research but also their ability to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our and co-founders and board of directors below.

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DR HENRY HENDERSON III

Co-Founder

Dr. Henry J. Henderson is a cancer biologist and health-promotion advocate. He earned his PhD in Integrative Biosciences from Tuskegee University and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the division of Hematology/Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His research focuses on understanding non-small cell lung cancer and improving therapeutic strategies with a particular focus on mechanisms of sensitivity and resistance to agents used in clinical practice. As a dedicated champion of diversity in cancer research, he is additionally involved in strengthening scientific/medical literacy and increasing cancer awareness within the African-American community.

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SIGOURNEY BELL

Co-Founder

Sigourney is a third year graduate student at the University of Cambridge at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. She earned her Bachelors in Human Physiology from the University of Leeds and then went on to work for both Pfizer and AstraZeneca in Neuroscience and Oncology respectively. She is currently pursuing her PhD, with her research centring on developing novel models and therapeutics for paediatric brain tumours, more specifically supratentorial ependymoma. Outside of her research, Sigourney is passionate about scientific outreach and encouraging the next generation of Black students into STEM subjects.

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DR. JULIA MORRIS

Director of Mentorship and Outreach

Dr. Julia Morris is a molecular biologist, mentor and communicator of science. She is proud of her Jamaican heritage and is passionate about sharing science with people of all ages. She obtained her undergraduate degree in ‘Cellular and Molecular Medicine with Study in Industry’ from the University of Bristol. She subsequently pursued her graduate studies at the University of Sheffield and was awarded her PhD in ‘Molecular Biology and Biotechnology’ in 2020. She is currently a Bioscientist in the Drug Discovery Unit, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

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RHEA HAREWOOD

Director of Mentorship and Outreach

Rhea Harewood is a cancer epidemiologist and a third year PhD candidate at Imperial College London. Her research focuses on the identification of clinical and behavioural risk factors for proximal colon cancer. Rhea has an MSc from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where she subsequently worked as a Research Fellow researching drivers of inequality in cancer survival. She has also worked in cancer surveillance in her home country of Barbados and holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies. Rhea is heavily involved in postgraduate teaching and mentorship. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a mentor with the Amos Bursary, which works with British young men of African and Caribbean descent.

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MAMADOU A. BAH

Director of Mentorship and Outreach

Mamadou Bah is a rising second year PhD student at Weill Cornell. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from New Jersey City University. During his undergraduate years he was involved in many research opportunities from plant genetics to drug screening targets for cancer that fostered his passion for research. His time at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia solidified his focus on the field of immunology and how that understanding can be applied towards cancer therapeutics. Currently, he is on his last laboratory rotation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute and looking forward to getting his graduate dissertation underway. Outside of research, Mamadou is passionate about mentoring and giving back to the community through volunteering and activism work. He enjoys mentoring and talking to high school and undergraduate students as he seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research field.

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DR. TANIMOLA MARTINS

Co-Director of Cancer Awareness
 

Tanimola is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Health Research, University of Exeter Medical School.  He has a background in Medical Rehabilitation and Public Health. His research aims to identify and quantify sociodemographic inequalities in cancer, Presently, Tanimola is working in collaboration with researchers from University College London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to investigate  ethnic differences in diagnosis and outcomes of common cancers.

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CHRIS BOURNE

Director of Sponsorships

Chris Bourne is a 4th year PhD Candidate at Weill Cornell/Sloan-Kettering Institute. He received a BA in Biology and Spanish Literature from Swarthmore College. For his graduate work he studies cancer immunotherapy, aiming to use T cells to deliver drugs to tumors, and uncover novel immunotherapuetic targets. He is passionate about diversity in biomedical research and helps run programs and committees to improve recruitment, retention, and promotion of underrepresented students.

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ELSHADDAI WHITE 

Associate Director of Sponsorships

Elshaddai White, a native of Franklin, Louisiana, is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences and Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2012 and a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Jacksonville State University in 2014. His research focuses on adaptive stress mechanisms within the tumor microenvironment, explicitly investigating how serum deprivation primes tumor cells to adapt and survive hostile environments in prostate cancer. His long-term career goal is to become an independent investigator and continue research in cancer biology and, later, train and develop future minority cancer scientists while putting forth his best efforts to eradicate this disease.

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TUMISANG NTEREKE

Director of Communications

Originally from the diamond nation of Botswana, Tumie is currently  a postgraduate researcher at the Leicester Cancer Research Centre. She holds a Medical Genetics BSc from the University of Leicester and her research focusses on establishing novel diagnostic and prognostic RNA markers from exosomes in breast cancer. Aside from her research, she is passionate about outreach and cancer awareness within the black community. 

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BRIANA WHITE

Creative Director

Briana White is a native of South Florida with Jamaican heritage. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Relations with an outside concentration in Health Communications and Digital Design at the University of Florida. Briana has worked with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and ThinkPink Breast Cancer Foundation. Briana is currently a Media Relations Associate at Fractl a Digital Marketing/PR Agency.