Kimone Fisher

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+27 (0)31 260 4555

Kimone Fisher

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University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa

Kimone Leigh Fisher has a Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Microbiology, Honours in Medical Microbiology, and a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Microbiology. She is based at the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute, University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban South Africa and affiliated to the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP). “I am an enthusiastic, ambitious and optimistic individual,” she says. “I enjoy being around people and consider myself to be a compassionate and kind-hearted person. I believe research is for the inquisitive mind - for the person who has always wondered why? Asking this question is what led me to become a researcher. What motivates me to stay in research is compassion - I want to make difference. I live in one of the highest HIV disease burdened regions in the world. Genetics is a developing field in South Africa and has the potential to change the way we do research. Given the challenges associated with developing an effective HIV and TB vaccine, and understanding the role that human genetics have on disease is important in the fight against HIV and TB. Considering that host genetics is one of the factors that influences the variability seen amongst those infected with HIV, my research focusses on understanding the role HLA class I genes have on HIV and TB disease. In addition, I am interested in investigating the effect of novel potential therapeutic agents against HIV and TB.”

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