SLMTA 3 Scientific Committee

Member Job title/position & credentials
Dr. Katy Yao Dr. Yao is the director of the global SLMTA program, which is funded by The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a US governmental initiative to address the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. The SLMTA program has been implemented in 1300+ laboratories in 56 LMIC countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania. As of October 2020, the program has helped 196 laboratories in 23 countries attain accreditation to international standards. Dr. Yao is a Public Health Educator at US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has a PhD in education with a focus on instructional design and adult learning.
Mr. Ashaba Davis Mr. Davis is a Senior Laboratory Scientist at African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), a non-profit networking and service alliance of Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory) Training Programs (FELTPs), and other applied epidemiology with operations in over 31 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. AFENET is a Cooperative Agreement partner with the US CDC (grant no. NU2GGH002140) to create and implement the SLMTA 3 curriculum. Mr. Davis manages the project at AFENET and has a Master’s Degree in Science in Public Health.
Ms. Anna Murphy Ms. Murphy is an independent consultant and sub-contractor of AFENET who created the original classroom-based SLMTA 3 curriculum. She was also instrumental in the development of the SLMTA 1 and SLMTA 2 curricula, both precursors of the SLMTA 3 curriculum. She is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade. Anna is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist (by ASCP).
Mr. Elde Mel Paladar Mr. Paladar led the redesign of the classroom-based SLMTA 3 curriculum for on-line delivery and will serve as an instructor and facilitator of the e-learning course. Based in Malawi, he is a Project Manager at Adventist Health International, as well as Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, Loma Linda University. Mr. Paladar has a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade.
Ms. Beatrice van der Puije Ms. van der Puije helped redesign the classroom-based SLMTA 3 curriculum for on-line delivery and will serve as an instructor and facilitator of the e-learning course. Based in Ghana, Ms. van der Puije is a Public Health Program Manager at African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), a pan-African organisation strengthening medical laboratory networks and systems in Africa. Ms. van der Puije is a certified QMS Trainer, with a Master of Science Degree in Medical Immunology and Microbiology. She is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade.
Ms. Janet Scholtz Ms. Scholtz helped redesign the classroom-based SLMTA 3 curriculum for on-line delivery and will serve as an instructor and facilitator of the e-learning course. Ms. Scholtz is a Quality Manager, Regional Western and Northern Cape, at National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS), South Africa. She is a certified auditor for The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). Ms. Scholtz has a Medical diploma in Biomedical Technology. She is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade.