Zandile Sibisi

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Zandile Sibisi

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Human physiological function has always sparked Zandile Sibisi’s imagination, stimulated her capacity for forming new ideas and honed her abilities in analysis and testing. It has therefore been her mission to gain various skills in medical research, most recently, bioinformatics and phylogenetic analysis. Her current research seeks to identify the best phylogenetic methods to describe transmission dynamics in three different key affected populations, namely, young women in South Africa, injectable drug users in Kenya and men who have sex with men in the Dutch Caribbean. “I believe that through this, my personal goal to promote the welfare of others can be met.”

Sibisi obtained her Bachelor of Medical Science in Human Physiology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and her Bachelor of Medical Science Honours in Neurophysiology, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health at the University of South Africa (UNISA), as well has her Master of Medical Science in Virology and Bionformatics. “Through attaining these qualifications, I have gained invaluable experience in next generation sequencing and molecular epidemiology. My research findings are highlighting the advantages of the usage of full genome sequencing for HIV-1 cluster analysis; and this has informed my current research interests, which are, the utilisation of innovative sequencing and bioinformatics tools for HIV research, epidemiological analysis and clinical research. This is an area I am planning to explore up until doctoral level, whilst employing various approaches of medical science.”