Mishka Muthen is a Master of Medical Science student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Her undergraduate qualifications consist of a BSc degree in Medical Science (Physiology) and thereafter an honorary degree in Medical Microbiology in which she graduated summa cum laude. Her current research focus is in the field of human genetics concentrating on the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes which have been identified as the region with the most associations to viral, bacterial and autoimmune diseases. There is a growing number of individuals worldwide that are living with viral, bacterial and autoimmune diseases. Identifying the mechanisms responsible for these diseases will allow us to manipulate these mechanisms in order to develop more long term or permanent therapeutic strategies which will directly improve the quality of life for many individuals. She is interested in determining epigenetic mechanisms that are responsible for gene regulation as well as learning molecular techniques to modify genes such as CRISPR-Cas9.