Jean Baptiste Mazarati, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jean Baptiste Mazarati graduated from Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. He has extensive experience in molecular biology, molecular oncology, and hematology. He has skills in laboratory techniques related to molecular diagnosis, human tissue engineering, and blood and bone marrow processing.

Dr. Mazarati has a master’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Namur in Belgium, a master’s degree in Moral Theology with a focus on bioethics from Boston College in Massachusetts, and a PhD in Tumor Biology the Oncology Department at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. In his doctoral dissertation, entitled “Molecular Features of Human Bone Marrow Stem Cells,” he shows that a small population of bone marrow cells termed hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells exhibit an invasive phenotype and can be expanded in vitro whilst maintaining their phenotype and molecular characteristics. This can provide a step forward in adult stem cell research with potential implications for bone marrow transplantation.

Dr. Mazarati is currently the head of Biomedical Services (National Reference Laboratory, National Center for Blood Transfusion and Medical Infrastructure and Technology) at the Rwanda Biomedical Center, the Chairperson of the Rwanda National Ethics Committee, and the Chair of the National Taskforce for Containment of Poliomyelitis. His experience as a scientist and health sector worker are a voice for global health and make him a good representative for Rwanda and Africa, and an added value to the UGHE team.