Sarah Ahannach obtained her Master in Biomedical Forensic Science at the KU Leuven and is currently a PhD student at the Department of Bioscience Engineering at the University of Antwerp (Laboratory of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology of prof. Sarah Lebeer). She is deeply committed to female causes and her passion to apply technology to improve female health and safety. She mainly works on the female microbiome and its potential in not only healthcare but also forensic casework. This proceeds in her eagerness for scientific communication on the topics of women’s health and bioinformatics in microbiology, and her readiness to participate in scientific discussions with peers and colleagues.
Sarah is not only a woman who works in STEM, but she also passionately supports other women in related fields. To do this, she participates in talks (e.g. Medina Expo 2019, Faculty of Science Research Day 2020, etc.) about “The role of women in STEM” and highlights all the things she considers important: gender equality, diversity and inclusive society. In addition, she likes to put her ideas into action through actively participating in student associations (e.g. Medica KU Leuven) and various university councils (Faculty and Departmental Council at the University of Antwerp). Sarah is likewise a supporter of diversity in academia and volunteers at the Workgroup Diversity in the Flemish Youth Council, for whom she also writes blogs and formal advice. Lastly, Sarah also volunteers at the Young Antwerp Golden Z club that is part of the international organization Zonta that empowers women and girls through service and advocacy.
Sarah is currently working on the Isala project, check it out: https://isala.be/