About us

Welcome to the family! Get to know the YoungEHA Committee and learn how you can make a difference.

Join YoungEHA through a junior membership.

Meet the YoungEHA committee members:

  Mandy Lauw  

Name: Mandy N. Lauw, MD PhD (Chair)

Role: Physician scientist

Training/work: The Netherlands (currently) and Canada

Interests: Optimizing opportunities and networks for early career professionals in EHA whilst ensuring equal engagement of young basic and clinical scientists in both malignant and non-malignant hematology.

Anna Kabanova v2

Name: Anna Kabanova, PhD (Vice-Chair)

Role: Basic and translational  scientist

Training/work: Switzerland and Italy (currently)

Interests: Creating more connections between biologists and clinical hematologists.

Nuno Borges

Name: Nuno Borges, MBBS MRes 

Role: Physician

Training/work: Portugal and UK (currently)

Interests: Improving member engagement with YoungEHA and promoting opportunities for international cooperation.

   R Irimia  

Name: Ruxandra Irimia, MD

Role: Physician

Training/work: Romania (currently), USA

Interests: career development opportunities (mentoring, training); strengthening the connections between YoungEHA and the local national hematology associations.


 Lorenzo Brunetti  

Name: Lorenzo Brunetti, MD PhD

Role: Physician scientist

Training/work: Italy

Interests: Boosting connections between young hematologists and EHA.

       Eleni Gavriilaki2

Name: Eleni Gavriilaki, MD PhD

Role: Physician scientist

Training/work: Greece (currently) and USA

Interests: Collaboration with national and international societies, expanding research and clinical networks with other specialties or scientists (computing, mechanics, physchology)


Name: Carlo Zaninetti, MD PhD

Role: Physician scientist

Training/work: Germany (currently) and Italy

Interests: Scientific cooperation and networking in the field of non-oncologic hematology.



Name: Rafal Machowicz, MD, PhD, MSc 

Role:  Physician scientist

Training/work: Poland (currently) and USA, France, Germany

Interests: Helping others to see the beauty of hematology. Bridging between scientists from different backgrounds for better research. Sparking students' interest in hematology.

   Alba Maiques Diaz v2  

Name: Alba Maiques-Diaz, PhD

Role: Basic and translational scientist

Training/work: Spain

Interests: Empowering YoungEHA women and helping to expand their careers.

      William Grey 2

Name: William Grey, PhD 

Role: Basic and Translational Scientist

Training/work: UK

Interests: Help promote emerging research in haematology, highlighting new technology, new scientific approaches and encouraging translational biology to all. I hope to shine a light on emerging researchers and bring scientists with new ideas to the European haematology community to help drive innovation in our research.

 Katherine Bridge

Name: Katherine Bridge, PhD 

Role: Basic and translational scientist

Training/work: UK

Interests: Enhancing research culture through advocating equity and inclusion, promoting provision and support for young haematologists/researchers with children, promoting mental health awareness in research culture.


Name: Ana Filipa Marques Saraiva, MD 

Role: Physician/Hematology Resident

Training/work: Portugal

Interests: Invest in the standardization of education across Europe to give everyone the same level of care, regardless of their country of origin and level of resources. Create new ways of learning (and teaching), by fostering more cross border collaboration initiatives and develop policies that nurture and promote innovation and cooperation.


Name: Anna Avagyan, MD 

Role: Physician

Training/work: Armenia

Interests: Building a robust community of young hematologists from Europe and beyond; facilitating the career paths of young pediatric hematologists; improving medical education and healthcare in regions with limited resources to meet European standards; supporting young scientists interested in clinical research.

Meet the YoungEHA committee ambassadors:

Ana YoungEHA

Name: Ana Zelić Kerep, MD, PhD candidate

Role: hematology resident

Training/work: Croatia and USA

Interests: Creating and boosting community, raising awareness about important work-life balance topics

 Koray photo Name: Koray Yalçın, MD 

Role: Physician scientist

Training/work: Türkiye (currently) and Germany

Interests: Take a role for building a strong connection between YoungEHA and all national societies. Encouraging young hematologists to be a part of EHA.

 Elmira YoungEHA Name: Elmira Vagapova

Role: PhD student

Training/work: Russia

Interests: science communication, fellowships for early career scientists, mentoring programs, improving knowledge of students and young scientists in conferences, professional organizations and career opportunities 

 Picture5 Name: Côme Bommier, MD 

Role: Physician-scientist

Training/work: France

Interests: Fostering connections between EHA and residents or early career physicians-scientists in France."

 Picture4 Name: Karina Tozatto Maio, MD PhD

Role: Physician

Training/work: Brazil (currently) and France

Interests: Bring YoungEHA and national societies together to establish strong scientific collaborations.


Name: Sebastian Vosberg, PhD 

Role: Basic and translational scientist

Training/work: Germany and Austria (currently)

Interests: Promoting interdisciplinarity: giving young hematologists an understanding of bioinformatics and vice versa to bridge gaps between these areas.

 Picture6  Name: Stefan Bjelosevic, PhD

Role: Postdoctoral Fellow (Basic/translational scientist)

Training/work: Australia

Interests: Fostering greater collaboration between haematology professionals in Europe and Australia (basic/translational scientists and clinicians).

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