Born and bred Capetonian, currently a full time PhD student based at the University of Cape Town. I am passionate about research and human development, especially that benefitting South Africa and other growing 3rd world nations.
My research focus is structural biology, specifically solving the structure of proteins from Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes Tuberculosis (TB). One third of the world's population is estimated to be infected with TB, which is considered one of the world's top infectious killers. I am doing my bit to help understand this disease.
I believe that education and youth development are the future of our country!
A dream of mine is to see South Africa with it's own high throughput protein cloning, expression, purification and crystallisation facility to support and promote structural biology research in Africa.
Instead of getting stuck in traffic I like to get stuck into excercising. Staying fit and healthy keeps you happy!
I love animals, the outdoors, adventure motorbiking, socialising, meeting new people, showing off my country and science!
In the meantime though I am trying to make my way through life by house-sitting, tourism, tutoring undergraduate students and any other odd jobs that will keep paying the bills so that I can complete my PhD.
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