Dr. Thumeka Jalavu is a consultant Chemical Pathologist (National Health Laboratory Service and University of Stellenbosch) at Tygerberg Hospital, a tertiary care hospital associated with the University of Stellenbosch. After completing her undergraduate MBChB in 2009, internship and community service in 2012, she worked as a Medical Officer for eighteen months in the department of Medicine at Livingstone Hospital, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with an MMed in Chemical Pathology in 2019 after receiving her FCPath (SA) Chem in the same year.
Her main research interests are in Biological Variation, Point of Care testing, Evidence based laboratory medicine, Multiple Myeloma, pre-analytical phase and chronic kidney disease. She is currently involved in COVID-19 research at Tygerberg hospital in collaboration with other pathology divisions and the department of Medicine. She is currently part of the Chemical Pathology Post graduate committee, Department of Pathology Audit committee and recently joined the NHLS Chemistry Expert Committee. She is also the chair of the Chemical Pathology Division Post graduate committee which oversees Post graduate student teaching & supervision, academic performance and undergraduate teaching.