Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Since on the program, Venesa has completed her PhD studies in Genetics and has received seed funding from the Wits NCD Leadership Program. She currently works at NHLS.

My MSc focused on mitochondrial DNA mutations and type II diabetes in the South African population. Although my main focus with both my MSc as well as my PhD has been on self-development and knowledge-gain through the various fellowship programs, I have also contributed to other activities within the Unit and in the...

Since on the program, Thandiswa has started her PhD studies and is also a holder of the Wits NCD Leadership Seed Funding Awards.

I have always been fascinated with science, particularly the science of life. In grade 11, I was introduced to genetics and that was my favourite part of high school biology. My fascination with genetics led me to complete a BSc degree at Wits, where I majored in Genetics and Developmental Biology and Microbiology and Biotechnology. In the final year of m...

I am a community/public health physician with a special interest in health systems research at the primary level of health care. My aspiration is to conduct evidence-based research to inform global policy frameworks aimed at reducing the impact of the double burden of chronic communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Research: Community-based intervention programmes for the prevention of chronic non- communicable diseases in Soweto

By studying heritable, potentially monogenic versions of common diseases, we can identify, define and understand some of the molecular underpinnings of these diseases.

I hold a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree from Rhodes University and went on to acquire a Master of Public Health (specializing in Health Economics) at the University of Cape Town. Up until my fourth year of undergraduate study I did not know what a health economist was or what they did. However, a career talk from one of the leading health economists who worked for Pfizer at the time changed all that. Hearing about the diversity of the profession, and the impact that health ec...

I was born in Durban but grew up in Johannesburg. I completed my undergraduate degree in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Limpopo with distinction. I then transitioned from the University of Limpopo to the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2007, to complete my Honours degree. This was a difficult transition for me being even further away from my family who were located in Johannesburg. Nonetheless, I continued my academic journey in UCT attaining a distinction for my MSc a...

I completed my BSc degree at the University of Johannesburg, majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry. My love for genetics was sparked after listening to a family member tell me about her meeting many years earlier with Professor Trevor Jenkins, a human geneticist from the University of the Witwatersrand, and how he had helped her and her family understand how and why the Rhesus Factor (Rh factor) Incompatibility had caused the death of her first born child.

Completed his Phd and is now with The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine here in Kenya as an Associate Research Director.

I am a holder of a first class Bsc. Hons in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. I have over seven years experience in Genetics and molecular biology in both clinical and research laboratory set-ups. Growing up in a third world country, an area worst hit by the...