University Ambassadors

The ambassadors of ISCOMS 2018 are students from all over the world who have visited ISCOMS themselves. Their experience at the congress has motivated them to help the organisation of ISCOMS to reach more students by using their own network. They have committed themselves to promoting ISCOMS and helping other students to visit ISCOMS as well.

The ambassador programme started in 2006 with just a few enthusiastic participants. They spread the word about ISCOMS in their home-countries. This year nearly 75 ambassadors are active in 28 countries to promote ISCOMS and they are of vital importance in organising the congress.
Their work consists mainly of promoting ISCOMS by distributing posters and flyers, digitally as well as on paper, and answering questions of students who are interested in visiting the congress. Some ambassadors even arrange information sessions or look into the possibility of arranging financial aid.

Below is a list of the ambassadors and their contact information. Ambassadors from the same country as you know the answer to a lot of your questions and can provide you with useful advice. They will also be able to answer questions about visas and travelling. Please dont hesitate to contact them, they will be more than willing to help.

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador yourself, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and sign up for the selection procedure at the congress. Also you can visit our website for more information or you can contact us at


Hi, my name is Klimentsi Kamisarau and I’m an ISCOMS ambassador in Belarus. I’ve visited ISCOMS 4 times and I’ve also participated in the IRF project. Currently, I’m working as a pathologist at Republican Clinical Medical Centre, Minsk, Belarus. ISCOMS is a wonderful experience and it is very useful for those who seek knowledge and the opportunity to get new friends. For any questions you can contact me via e-mail: or

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Amina Blekic:
Hana Kulenovic:
Umenta Braithwaite:


I’m Raif Restivo Simão, 23 years old, currently a 5th year student at University of São Paulo Medical School (Brazil). I’m very interested in Internal Medicine an
d Cardiology.
I was an oral and poster presenter at the 22nd edition of ISCOMS in 2015 and it was an amazing experience. Undoubtedly, ISCOMS provides (bio)medical students with an excellent opportunity to show their research, improve research skills and broaden their horizons. The presence of people from many countries makes the congress even better and turns it into a unique cultural experience. I think all (bio)medical students should attend ISCOMS!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me:

My name is Juan Welko, I am from Paraguay and I am 22 years old. I am a fourth year medical student in the Federal University of São Paulo. ISCOMS is a unique experience to enhance your knowledge in medicine as well as meet people from all around the world. There is a world of opportunities waiting for you at ISCOMS! I really recommend it!


Hi, I am Wanlu Ma and I have joined the ISCOMS in 2014, it was such an unforgettable experience that I think about those days over and over again. The excellent sessions, tasty food, rainy parties and splendid dinners in the “castle” are really perfect! I strongly recommend you to join ISCOMS! You could meet so many new friends, listen to different thoughts and ideas, get to know the differences of you, attend great seminars and most of all, show your research! The days may be short but it could be such a treasure! I am a second-year intern in endocrinology in PUMC in Beijing.
You could always contact me at


My name Thomas. I study medicine at Aarhus University in Denmark.
‪Attending ISCOMS is a great opportunity to present your research. You also get the chance to meet people from all over the world. I presented in 2016 and it was a huge experience that I will never forget. I have attended difference congresses but the staff does good just at making ISCOMS the best I have attended. The atmosphere is both professional, laid back and fun and you get to learn new stuff everyday!
‪I warmly recommend attending ISCOMS!
Feel free to contact me at:


I’m Ahmad Mahmoud Galal, a 4th year medical student at the The Armed Forces College of Medicine -(AFCM) in Egypt. I’ve attended the 24th edition of ISCOMS and such a great event must be known to all people all over the world. I must admit that it was really a great experience to attend such a well organized events, the keynote lectures and the social programme which made us really proud to be in Netherlands. I am proud to be an ambassador for ISCOMS in my country, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me on my E-mail:

My name is Abdelrahman Ahmed Habashy , 4th year medical student at Armed Forces College of Medicine -AFCM , (Egypt). It was a great honor for me participating in the 24th edition of ISCOMS 2017. And it was amazing experience for me , Undoubtedly , ISCOMS gives you an excellent opportunity to improve your knowledge , share your research and enhancing your skills in different aspects of life. I advice all (bio)medical students to attend ISCOMS As it will be so exciting .

If you have any questions Please don’t hesitate to contact me !

My name is Badr Muhammd and I’m a 4th year student at the Armed Forces college of medicine in Egypt (AFCM). Last year, I took part in ISCOMS 2017. It was really a great experience; not only for sharing thoughts and knowledge with researchers from all over the world but also making valuable friends that would last with you even after the conference. I really have no doubt that ISCOMS 2018 will be a great experience to all the participants. So if u have any questions about ISCOMS 2018 please feel free to contact me ..

my E-mail is   and my phone number is +201020901713


My name is Tesfa Dejenie Habtewold and I’m an ISCOMS ambassador in Ethiopia. I have visited ISCOMS 2016 as a (research)poster presenter. I studied Nursing in Ethiopia and Epidemiology in the Netherlands.  My main area of interest is cardio-immuno-metabolic traits and diseases and mental health. My ISCOMS experience was astonishing and it is very useful for those who seek to share experience and the opportunity to increase own network. For any questions you can contact me via e-mail:


I am Ajinkya. Final year Medical student. Neurosurgeon in an oven.Young scientist.tutor.entrepreneur  motivational speaker and a caring boyfriend.Being a Youth delegate to the United Nations youth assembly and ISCOMS ambassador seeds of cultural exchange were sown earlier in my life. Prevention and public health education in my opinion is the most important thing we as a medical students and doctors have to deliver and I am on a mission to make people achieve healthy and active lifestyle.


Hi! My name is Martin Scharffenberg and I am a resident in anaesthesiology and research fellow at the University Hospital in Dresden, Germany. My field of research is respiratory physiology and mechanical ventilation for both perioperative and intensive care medicine. I attended ISCOMS multiple times during medical studies and presented in oral and plenary sessions. 2018 is my fifth year as an ISCOMS ambassador. ISCOMS is a great opportunity to get in contact with (bio-)medical students from all over the world and to gain and share experiences. For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me: martin.scharffenberg[at]

Aloha everyone, my name is Anna and I participated in the 24th edition of ISCOMS in 2017. I studied Medical Biotechnology in Rostock and am now a PhD student in hematology and oncology. ISCOMS was an amazing experience and gave me the opportunity to present my research project in front of an enthusiastic crowd of international biomed students and UMCG experts in the field. The lectures given by Nobel laureates were absolutely impressive and so was the famous world wide ISCOMS night. I strongly recommend this stunning congress to any (bio)medical student and will be back for the next edition. For any questions, please contact

My name is Catharina Nitsche and my field of research is paediatrics and allergology. In 2013, I started studying medicine in Oldenburg and I spent one year in Groningen as ERASMUS student. I fell in love with the city and the enthusiastic students. I am ambassador to motivate young researchers to explore Groningen and ISCOMS as unique chance to check and try out what research actually means. You shouldn’t miss to meet people, who are as crazy as you about finding scientific answers to important questions. Maybe you meet someone, you will work with in the future or even good friends!


Aakanksha Gupta:

Aishwainee  Gopinath:

Anmol Patted:

Oshin Behl:

Rohan Shad:

I am Keerthana Thatavarthi, 21 years old and studying medicine in KMC Mangalore, India.
This brilliantly planned, organized and executed conference not only gave an opportunity to show my research but also rekindled my passion towards medicine.Getting an opportunity to be an ambassador and a part of ISCOMS family is beyond wonderful. If you are looking for inspiration, networking and fun, all in one place, ISCOMS is your destination.
I would love to help you in any possible way. Don’t hesitate to e-mail me at:

Hoi! Kumar at this end. I am an Indian physician and healthy ageing expert by training. Currently, I am working as a Medical Scientist at Indian Council of Medical Research, Port Blair. Moreover, I am an independent medical researcher in my field. I am interested in public health issues related to a geriatric group of population, this group of the population is growing day by day all over the world. I am also interested in intercultural anthropological studies on elderly. Being an independent medical researcher I spend most of my free time behind the computer screen but I count cooking and thinking different than others as my hobbies. Getting attached with ISCOMS has become one of the best experiences of my life since 2011. Attending conference, presenting own research, working as an ambassador, making friends and most importantly having a lot of fun are memorable as always. This year being a part of it, I feel honoured once again! Should you have any queries about ISCOMS and participation from now till you come back your hometown after visiting Groningen, I am here for you. Ask me anything, I will be happy to help. Anytime at:

Hi, I’m Prachi Bhageria, currently a 4th year student at Manipal University. ‪I presented my research during ISCOMS 2016 and it was an amazing experience for me. Undoubtedly, it’s an excellent opportunity for (bio)medical students to show their research, improve research skills and broaden their horizons. I hope you all also get the chance to experience this.

‪Don’t hesitate to contact me for questions :

Hi! I am , final year MBBS student from Gian Sagar Medical College, Patiala, India. ISCOMS was an enlightening experience for me. It is one of the best conferences I know. The time I had during ISCOMS is unforgettable and one of the most beautiful times of my life. It brought me closer to my goal
s and helped me to explore the field of research. I would love to help researchers who need any information about ISCOMS.

Please feel free to contact me:

Hello! My name is Punya Suvarna and I am currently pursuing my undergraduate medicine degree at Manipal University, India. I believe that research in modern medicine and the generation and sharing of scientific ideas and discoveries is the way forward. ISCOMS is a wonderful platform to interact with fellow like-minded individuals while learning from and absorbing the interactive workshops and educative lectures.
I attended ISCOMS 2015 and it was one of the best experiences of my life, till date. I enjoyed all the sessions, the efficiency with which it was conducted and all the social programmes. I loved making friends from different parts of the world and enjoyed the hospitality of Groningen. It truly is an amazing experience.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any doubts at:

I am Rithika Sriram and I am studying MBBS in Kasturba Medical College Mangalore. I attended ISCOMS 2016 and it was truly an enriching experience. The workshops were varied and fun-filled. The talks were amazing and you get to meet different students from around the world. Overall the conference is very well organized and you shouldn’t miss it for the world.

If you have any queries, feel free to email me –

Hi I’m Roshan Manoharan , 21 year old final year MBBS student from KMC , Mangalore . I attended the 23rd ISCOMS congress and was a poster presenter and am a proud ambassador from India for ISCOMS 2017. If you want inspiration, fun, knowledge and adventures all under one roof, UMCG Groningen is where you need to be
Please feel free to contact me :


Teresa Walandari:

Hi! I am Dia Septiani, undergraduated student of Universitas Indonesia (UI), in Biological Science. Now I’m a research assistant at one of the institutions in Indonesia. I was one of presenting participants at ISCOMS 2015. I presented my research during a poster session. From ISCOMS 2015, I felt that the chance for stude
nts to present their research is very welcome and well-accepted, aiming at becoming more international. This stimulating event could be a step forward for you to reach your professional skills, international relations, and also the experiences which you’ll get only here. Still curious? For your information, this annual event attracted many Indonesian students in that year! So, if you want to know more about the experiences during ISCOMS, this is my advice, you must join it! Don’t hesitate to ask anything you are curious about, by mailing me Salam!

Hello, I’m Yona Sidarta! ISCOMS is one of the greatest events I’ve ever attended! So much science, so many friends and cultural exchanges. I’m proud to be one of the ambassadors, and I’d love to help you if you want to be part of ISCOMS. Don’t hesitate to contact me through email:


Hello everybody! My name is Mohammad Bagherniya. I am a PhD Candidate in Nutrition Sciences at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran. There is no doubt that ISCOMS is an unforgettable experience not only for learning, but also for meeting people from all over the world. I strongly recommend it to everyone to visit the 24th ISCOMS and share their scientific experiences with other students from all over the world.

Please feel free to contact me:

I think some times in life we need to make a big difference! It could be drinking a cup of tea in a new beautiful special cup or going to a trip exactly in the middle of your busy ordinary days!;) In my mind the fact concealed in both is “change”! “Change” lets you see differently, enjoy differently, grow exponentially, comprehend the beauty of differences among human beings and learn how to look respectfully to everybody’s differences! I’m Mojtaba Dayyani and I’m a 26 years old med student full of hope and passion, studying medicine at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran. My fields of interest are: neurosurgery, neurology and medical education development. Besides, I’m an astronomy teacher, astrolabe designer and producer, violin player, badminton player and motivational lecturer for juniors in the faculty and alma mater high school.
On the basis of a personal theory I like to recommend every tasty and brilliant experiences I’ve had to my friends, ergo trust me and change your cup of tea! You’ll see how tasty it is! ISCOMS tea!;)) Making new friends, different scientific atmosphere, special workshops, wonderful IRF, adventure and fun, all of them are gathered in a very sweet happening, ISCOMS! Feel free to contact me for further information about ISCOMS. Hope to see you at ISCOMS 2016.

I am Mozhdeh, ISCOMS 2017 ambassador from Iran. I have studied pharmacy in Tehran University and I graduated last year. I have experienced ISCOMS twice, in 2015 and in 2016. I am very passionate about working with ISCOMS which represents excellence.

I’m Rasool Hassanzadeh, currently studying final year of medicine at Guilan University of Medical Sciences. I’m really interested in almost all field of medicinal research from basic sciences to clinical research. In my opinion every conference is a good place for improving research skills, networking and making new friends. Let alone the opportunities to get to know famous professors at the keynote lectures and participating in great workshops! So don’t miss the upcoming version of ISCOMS. Feel free to contact me for further information about ISCOMS.
Hope to see you at ISCOMS 2017!


Hello. I am Yohane Gadama, ISCOMS ambassador for Malawi. I am currently working as junior doctor in Malawi and I am also an editorial intern at Malawi Medical Journal.  I graduated from medical school in 2016 and since undergraduate, I have always had a fervent passion for clinical research with bias to Neurology. Attending ISCOMS in 2015 and 2016 was a perfect and wonderful experience both for networking and enhancing my career aspirations as a researcher.

You can reach me on:


My name is Felipe Calderón Salazar, I’m in the final year as a medical student at UNAM, Mexico City. Fortunately, I attended ISCOMS in 2016 and was an amazing experience, not just for learning but also for meeting incredible people from all over the world. It is a great opportunity to broaden your options and share experiences. Please, don’t hesitate to contact me at:

Hello, my name is Jan, I’m a 26 year old from Mexico, I am GP (just graduated!) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. I had the pleasure of attending ISCOMS 2016 which got me really interested in the congress. The variety of research being done around the world and the chance one gets to really sink your teeth into new scientific research.

The Netherlands

My name is Mieke Peters and I am a sixth year medical student at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. My main fields of interest are Neurosurgery and Neurology. However, I am also very interested in cochlear implants. In my free time I enjoy writing, working on my research and studying the Japanese language as well as ballroom dancing.
I attended ISCOMS in 2015 as a presenter with a presentation, about the Periodic Limb Movement Disorder in people with a Quadriplegia, and I have been an ambassador for the Netherlands/Nijmegen since then. I met amazing people and therefore I am honoured to call myself an ambassador of this inspirational congress where (Bio)Medical students from all over the world get in touch with each other via this amazing experience. As an ambassador, and former speaker, I would recommend this international congress to anyone.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions about ISCOMS, the Netherlands or anything else:


Hello, I’m Akinsola Raphael Akinyemi, from Nigeria. Presently, I am a PhD student at the Department of Neurobiology, School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China (USTC). ISCOMS has left an indelible impression in me, and I will be ever grateful for such a lifetime opportunity! Please be encouraged to optimize this life changing event, as ISCOMS isn’t just a conference, but an avenue to explore your potentials!

You may reach me at: OR


My name is Elaheh Mahootchi and I am studying master of medical biology at the University of Bergen in Norway. My master project is about multiple sclerosis (MS) and my future goal is to identify candidate biomarker for MS to help the MS patients receiving the treatment as early as possible. Therefore, I spend most of my time now studying MS and in my free time I enjoy reading poems and listening to classical music. ISCOMS was one of the most interesting congresses I have ever participated in. Everything was well organized and highly disciplined. The young organization committee were doing their best to help the participants in every possible way. I really enjoyed ISCOMS and I am looking forward to next year. And here is my photo which was actually taken at ISCOMS 2013.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me:


My name is Wafa Munir Ansari and I am a medical doctor. I have done PhD in Chemical Pathology from Army Medical College, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan and have completed post-doc training in Gene Ontology from the Cardiovascular Genetics Institute, University College London (UK). My area of research interest is cardiovascular genetics. I enjoy travelling around the world, participating in research conferences and interacting with researchers from around the globe. I presented my research paper at ISCOMS in 2015 and have been associated with this exceptional research platform as an ambassador since then.



Jennifer Carla Matias:

Reinavelle Mateo:

Mabuhay! I am Reinavelle Jeunesse D. Mateo from the Philippines, undergoing my Junior Internship for Medicine in Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc. Last year, June 2015, I had the opportunity to present our research poster in front of other brilliant scientists and fellow researchers during ISCOMS. It was a nerve-wracking experience that my toes still tingle every time I think about it. To me, ISCOMS put research in a different light. It makes people interested and interesting. It made me appreciate the queries of everyday and finding answers to them. I also learned innovations and ingeniousness that could help me in my medical career. Finally, I had the chance to meet different people, (even a Nobel Prize Laureate!) from around the world and learn about them and their culture in a very outstanding place. I loved Groningen so much. Therefore, ISCOMS 2017 is a must!


Hi! My name is Palina Vyhouskaya and I’m an ISCOMS ambassador in Poland. I’ve participated in ISCOMS 2015 and this is my second year as an ambassador. I’ve finished my master degree in laboratory diagnostics at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Kraków and now I’m involved in research on the importance of glycolytic pathway in childhood caries. If you’re a medical student and want to present your research to the world, share the knowledge and meet new friends, ISCOMS is the best place. And if you have any question about it, I’ll be happy to help, just contact me via


Irina Filchenko:

Привет! [pri’vet]
I’m Katerina Shulenina, I am in the 5th year of medicine in First Moscow State Medical University in Russia. I participated at ISCOMS 2016 with my research on Immunology and I also took a part in the IRF project “Ageing biology and stem cells”. During ISCOMS I met amazing people, students and doctors from all over the world. I appreciated the interesting workshops and lectures, and I learnt a lot from other participants during multidisciplinary sessions. ISCOMS is a high-quality, self-enriching and must-go congress for talented students. So take your chance, find yourself at the coming ISCOMS!

Hi everyone, I’m Katya Dvoryaninova from Moscow, Russia. Now I’m on my last year of master’s study of cell biology and histology. In 2016 I attended ISCOMS an oral presenter, and also participated in IRF. It was a life-changing experience for me – I’ll never forget that incredible and inspiring atmosphere, wonderful presentations and perfect organisation! Now I’m excited to be an ISCOMS ambassador! If you have any questions or need some advice – please don’t hesitate to contact me:
I’ll be really happy to share my impressions about ISCOMS and help you!
See you at ISCOMS 2017!

Hello, my name is Olena Afonkina. I graduated from the north-west medical university named after I I Mechnikov, Saint – Petersburg, Russia in 2015 and now I am working in clinical trials as a Clinical Research Associate. I participated in ISCOMS 2013, it gave me great opportunity to realize that it cannot be more exciting than discovering unknown. I have been an Ambassador from Russia since 2013. I recommend all the guys to visit ISCOMS 2017, I am sure I will not leave you indifferent. Please, do not hesitate contact me via


Hello! My name is Marija Topalovic, and I am 25 years old. I recently graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, in Serbia. I presented my research at ISCOMS in the field of Gynaecology in 2017, and that was an enjoyable experience. The Organizing Team paid attention to every detail, and as a result, the conference was terrific. It gave the participants a chance to immensely broaden their knowledge and meet colleagues from with similar interests. I also participated in the IRF which was an excellent opportunity to learn about new methods and participate in an impressive research project. I am interested in Immunology, especially Tumor Immunology and Gynaecology and Obstetrics. I recommend ISCOMS with all my heart because it is a great chance to learn and meet colleagues and friends for life.

Sri Lanka

Nithya  Gunawardena:

My name is Waradana Viraj Virantha De Silva, I study Medicine at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. My future goal is to become a good researcher in Nutrition and Exercise. I like travelling, cycling, and watching stage plays. ISCOMS is the best experience of my life. I gained a lot of knowledge and also got to know lots of friends from all around the world. I hope to participate in ISCOMS 2017 as well.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me:


Samer Al-Dury:

Hello from Stockholm! My name is Mati Kargren, 21 years old, and I am in my final year of studies in the Bachelor of Biomedicine. During my time at university I have done a short research project, which I then presented during ISCOMS 2016. It was amazing – lots of fun lectures, workshops, and most amazingly – loads of international researchers. I really got a self-confidence boost by presenting in front of a new audience, as well as getting inspired by others’ work. I definitely recommend going to Groningen next year!



Boamah Collins:

My name is Anastasiya Petrenko and I am a 4th year student at Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy. Last year I attended ISCOMS as a non-presenting participant and I loved the conference a lot, so this year I am preparing a research to present. I decided to become an ambassador of ISCOMS as I want more fellow students to be part of it. Can’t wait to meet you all in Groningen again!

Hello I am Dr Bodjre Kouame, Urological Surgeon, from Zaparozhye Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education.  I will be gla
d to help you with
all questions regarding ISCOMS. Please contact me at

My name is Kateryna Viligorska. I’m a MD, I have a MsC in internal medicine and I am currently in training to get my PhD and RD. I am a ‘legally blond’ in a world of medicine, balancing my two passions: fashion and clinics. Most of my time I am enjoying duties at the hospital, shopping and blogging. This is why “Vogue” as well as genetics or medical journals are always on my coffee table.

I have been dedicated to ISCOMS since 2014. I won first place in Pulmonology section and I took part in the ISCOMS Research Fellowships (IRF), there was lots of friends-making and networking which proved me that I am capable of more. I can learn and help people, I can do research and discover at higher level with better quality and it still will be fun.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me:

My name is Queeneth Uwandu. I’m Nigerian, a final year student of Kharkov National Medical University, Ukraine. I have had a longstanding interest in Global Health Delivery/Public health. I attended ISCOMS in 2014 and I became an ambassador in 2015, it was a great experience. I met young researchers from different countries, great prof
essors and people from different medical fields. It was very educative. I look forward to ISCOMS 2017. Please do not hesitate to contact me:

My name is Yaa Owusuaa Offei Darko. A Ghanaian by birth and nationality. I am a fifth year medical student currently studying in Ivano Frankiskv National Medical University. My hobbies are reading and traveling if I get the opportunity. Future goal is to become a Public Health specialist once I am done with medical school. My phone number in case anyone is interested in attending ISCOMS next year is +380631288055 and my email address is: