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About ABIC


Building a collaborative bioimaging community in Africa

The African Bioimaging Consortium (ABIC) is a newly established network of life science researchers throughout Africa with an interest in and use for microscopy. This community-driven initiative aims to unite the African microscopy community and support the development of bioimaging across the continent.


ABIC activities will focus on the following goals:

  • To harness the collaborative effort of researchers and experts throughout Africa in strengthening microscopy at both a local and continental level;

  • To serve as a central hub for network building, opportunity sharing, and information collection;

  • To provide community platforms with which the hurdles facing the bioimaging community in Africa can be identified, understood, and addressed;

  • To promote the African microscopy community and boost engagement with the rest of the global microscopy community.


Participation in ABIC is open to all life science PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, early-career researchers, senior scientists, technical scientists, and lab heads from all African countries. We welcome engagement with manufacturers, vendors, and funding bodies as well.

ABIC Leadership

Executive Committee

Menettallah Elserafy

Menattallah Elserafy

Zewail City of Science and Technology

Alassane Mbengue

Alassane Mbengue

Institut Pasteur Dakar

Caron Jacobs

Caron Jacobs

University of Cape Town

Michael Reiche

Michael Reiche

HHMI Janelia

Scientific Advisory Board

Gordon Awandare

University of Ghana

West African Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens

​Teng-Leong Chew

HHMI Janelia

Leonel Malacrida

Institut Pasteur Montevideo
Universidad de la Republica

Michelle Peckham

University of Leeds

Spencer Shorte

Institut Pasteur Korea



The African BioImaging Consortium is proud to be supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Expanding Global Access to Bioimaging program.