Prof. Dr. Brighton Samatanga (Founder & Chief Scientific Officer)

Prof. Samatanga is Founder and CEO of The Biotech Institute (Zimbabwe) which is a private academic-biotech research and development institution. He is also Founder & CEO of Mutapa (Germany).  He was awarded Professorship for Physics of Biological and Soft Matter at Leipzig University in Germany. Prof. Samatanga is a molecular biophysicist with a general focus on unraveling the mechanisms of genome regulation and applying them in translational research. He has keen interest in development on novel tools for genome engineering and management such as CRISPR/Cas systems and other nanomolecular systems. He holds a BSc. degree in Biochemical Engineering from the Jacobs University Bremen in Germany, and a MSc. degree in molecular biophysics at the same university. He conducted his PhD in physical chemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland, followed by two post-doctoral stays at the University of Muenster and the University of Leipzig in Germany. He holds several awards, has many peer-reviewed publications, is a reviewer for internationally acclaimed peer-review journals such as Nucleic Acids Research, and is also a member of various professional organizations such as the German Biophysical Society.

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