Nomfanelo Maenetje is currently employed as a laboratory technician at The Aurum Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa and is studying towards a Master’s Degree programme in Biomedical Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology. Her research project looks at the responses against Mycobacterium tuberculosis which will provide a roadmap for the development of new TB vaccines or immunotherapies aimed at preventing latent TB reactivation and TB disease. The project aims to gain insight into the functional information contained within specific sequences of genes in cells associated with optimal intracellular inhibition of TB.
Nomfanelo has more than six years experience of working as a scientific researcher and has a great interest and passion in learning and enhancing her scientific knowledge and skills. “One of my greatest strengths is the ability to work well under pressure. As a working mother of two I refuse to set limitations on myself. I pride myself on setting high standards for myself, working hard with integrity and passion in everything I do. I find it fulfilling to always strive to stretch my abilities and to learn from past failures. I am delighted to find an opportunity to further my studies and after completing the master’s degree I would like to pursue further education in order to become a specialised medical scientist by enrolling for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, apply for independent funding and ultimately become an expert in my field with several publications.