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Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students

To develop future research leaders, the University of Cape Town (UCT) Postgraduate Funding Centre has provided support for five two-year postdoctoral fellowships and five three-year PhD studentships over the course of the CIDRI-Africa grant lifecycle. Applicants develop their research proposals with the supervisory support of either a Centre Principal or Contributing Investigator.

In addition, UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences funds one postdoctoral fellowship for each year of the CIDRI-Africa grant (i.e. five). Each year, one successful postdoctoral applicant in the field of infectious diseases is allocated to the Centre. The postdoctoral fellow is supervised by a Centre Principal or Contributing Investigator, depending on their research interests.

Postdoctoral fellows

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Jill Combrinck (Faculty of Health Sciences award)
Supervisor: Timothy Egan

Probing the detoxification of haem in the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.

Caron Jacobs
Caron Jacobs (Faculty of Health Sciences award)
Supervisor: Digby Warner

High-resolution visualization of the mycobacterial mutasome structure and assembly.

Emmanuel Margolin
Emmanuel Margolin
Supervisor: Anna-Lise Williamson

Addressing limitations in the plant secretory pathway for the production of next-generation glycoprotein-based vaccines against Marburg and HIV.

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Kudakwashe Mhandire (Faculty of Health Sciences award for year 1)
Supervisor: Collet Dandara

Decoding host genetic determinants of susceptibility to pulmonary TB and treatment outcomes in African populations.

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Roxanne Mohunlal
Supervisor: Timothy Egan

An investigation into the trafficking of lipids in the malaria parasite and their influence on haemozoin formation.

Alltalents Murahwa
Alltalents Murahwa
Supervisor: Anna-Lise Williamson

Prevalence and distribution of vaccine and non-vaccine human papillomavirus genotypes in a cohort born HIV positive, HPV vaccinated adolescents 5-10 years post implementing the Gardasil quadrivalent vaccine in Zimbabwe.

Hygon Mutavhatsindi
Hygon Mutavhatsindi
Supervisor: Catherine Riou

Investigation of the immunological signatures of the TB spectrum from infection to disease.

Pia Steigler
Pia Steigler
Supervisor: Tom Scriba

Characterisation of antibody responses to different disease outcomes of M. tuberculosis infection.


PhD students

Avuyonke Balfour
Avuyonke Balfour
Supervisor: Muki Shey

The role of mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells in long-term resistance to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) infection in healthcare workers with sustained occupational exposure to TB.

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Dimitri Griffault
Supervisor: Digby Warner

Elucidating the role of the putative DnaQ and DnaQ-UvrC proofreading proteins in mycobacterial genome maintenance.

Rudranil Hazra
Rudranil Hazra
Supervisor: Suraj Parihar

Investigating the macrophage-specific role of PKCδ for potential therapeutic target against M. tuberculosis.

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Patience Nyakato
Supervisor: Mary-Ann Davies

Correction of estimates of mortality among children and adolescents living with HIV (0-19 years) receiving antiretroviral therapy: modelling of loss to follow up and re-engagement in care.

Caitlin Taylor
Caitlin Taylor
Supervisor: Digby Warner

Utilizing fluorogenic click chemistry to investigate the role of cell wall permeation in mycobacterial metabolic heterogeneity and drug discovery.

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