Shanel Raghubeer holds a PhD in Medical Biochemistry. Her PhD research focused on the effects of naturally occurring mycotoxins on human health. These toxins are present in foods we consume everyday and the underlying health implications have not been fully elucidated. This research is especially important in rural areas, as well as areas where the community health status is at risk (such as Sub-Saharan African populations with TB and HIV infections). She is interested in understanding the link between food safety and disease conditions, with particular emphasis on public health. Her research now focuses on validating the potential of a synthetic peptide to develop rapid diagnostic tests for TB. This peptide should provide sensitive, accurate diagnosis, with the added benefit of distinguishing between TB and other respiratory diseases, as well as discriminating between active and latent infections.