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Doctoral Studies 2016
National Research Foundation (NRF)
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Doty Achieng’ Ojwach

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University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Originally from Kenya, Doty Ojwach has always had a passion for science and graduated with a BSc Biomedical science from Maseno University in Kisumu. She joined the Kenya Medical Research Institute under the Walter reed US -Army  as a research assistant for 3 years. She then received a scholarship to pursue a Masters in clinical genetics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN),South Africa and graduated in 2016. Currently, at the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP), UKZN, her PhD project involves the utilisation of patient-derived RT-integrase sequences to explore the relationships between immune-driven sequence variation in Rt-integrase, viral fitness and markers of disease progression in HIV-1 subtype C infection.This study may inform which epitopes to include and which to avoid in vaccines that aim to limit immune escape through focusing on vulnerable regions of HIV-1.