Alveera Singh believes that with the rapid increase in infections in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the high cost and limited access to synthetically derived drugs, the continent desperately needs easily available, effective, low-cost drugs.
Lerato Mtshali did her masters in Plant Breeding and Biochemistry before working in Dr Al Leslie’s immunology lab at AHRI. The change was inspired by wanting to be part of the solution when it comes to TB and HIV.
Funsho Ogunshola is interested in investigating the induction of adaptive immunity against HIV. His study is focused on understanding how CD8+ T cells are primed during early HIV infection and how the primed CD8+ T cells can be sustained over the course of infection.
Bonisile Luthuli’s desire to pursue scientific research in HIV dates back to her teenage years in Dundee, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where she witnessed first-hand, disease devastation as a result to HIV and AIDS.
Juliet Katoba obtained her bachelor’s degree in the early 2000’s from the University of Zambia and joined the University Teaching Hospital as a laboratory technician in the Virology laboratory. She worked on a project that aimed to understand the infection of HIV from mother-to-child.
Upasana Ramphal transitioned from industry to academia to pursue her Masters in Medical Science at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. She was previously involved in enzyme technology research as well as in validation of equipment, processes, utilities and in the mana
Christina Kourie is a speech pathology and audiology graduate from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa, who is currently completing her Masters in Speech Pathology part-time through Wits. She works as an audiologist full time.
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.
Makobu Kimani is a medical doctor, with post graduate training in public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics). Over the last eight years he has worked with populations that are at a disproportionally higher risk of acquisition of HIV/AIDS in Nairobi, Kenya.
Clara Agutu is a medical doctor with a Masters in public health. She has a keen interest in infectious diseases particularly HIV, TB, Malaria and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and has worked as a research medical officer at KEMRI.
Ian Oyaro is a veterinary surgeon with a Masters in Microbiology. He has worked on sequencing and proteomic based techniques in a quest to improve the diagnosis of acute non-traumatic coma at the Kenyan coast.
Elizabeth Wahome has been working at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Wellcome Trust Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi, which is supported by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), as data manager.
Kaelo Seatla graduated with an MB.BS at the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago in 2008. He has worked in various capacities as a government medical officer before joining BHP as a study physician/co-investigator in 2014.
Kesaobaka Molebatsi is a lecturer at the University of Botswana Statistics department. He attained Master of Arts (Statistics) and Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Statistics) qualifications from the same university in 2012 and 2010 respectively.
Dorcas Maruapula’s study focuses on the Prevalence of Minor HIV-1 Drug Resistant variants in Antiretroviral –naïve HIV-1 Infected Patients in Botswana. She is also working at Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership as a Senior Laboratory Scientist.
Tuelo Mogashoa graduated with Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Microbiology from University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 2005. She has always been passionate about research especially in HIV and TB.
Tshepiso Mbangiwa graduated from the University of Botswana in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. She has done some work on prevalence and molecular characterisation of Hepatitis D virus in Botswana; she presented this at the 2nd annual African Forum Conference.
Mompati Mogwele is a research scientist who graduated with BSc (Biological Sciences) from University of Botswana. At BHP he worked in various clinical trial studies which include Infant Molecular Diagnosis where infants who are less than 18 months are diagnosed for HIV.
Moses Sakala’s journey in the field of immunology and antiviral therapies started with his observance of many people suffering from viral infections, including very close relatives who had been taken away by HIV despite being on medication for some time; with no hope of being cured.
Patrick Lungu decided to become a scientist at a tender age but it was during his second grade of primary school that he decided to become a medical doctor. His interest in TB research stems from the challenges he faces in treating TB in his clinical practice.
Ngao Sichalwe holds a post graduate diploma in Public Health, obtained at the University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She is also a final year medical student at the Copper-belt University School of Medicine, Ndola, Zambia.
Alida Ngwije has her Master's degree in International Public Health from the University of Sydney, Australia. She is currently studying HIV drug resistance among female sex workers at Project San Francisco In Rwanda.
Anne Kapaata has always been interested in saving lives through science. Motivated by a father who was a laboratory scientist, she did her BSc in Biomedical Laboratory technology and later advanced with a Master of Science in biomedical laboratory science and management.