Nathlee Abbai is a senior lecturer in the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa. Her research background is laboratory science with expertise in microbiology and molecular biology. Her ongoing research interests are directed towards sexually transmitted diseases including HIV infections in women. More recently her research focus has been on such infections in pregnant women. She has ongoing studies that will provide data on the prevalence of viral and bacterial STIs in women attending antenatal care in Durban. Abbai is also involved in studies that will investigate potential drug resistance in some of STI pathogens. The mechanisms involved in drug resistance will also be identified by using sophisticated sequencing approaches.