PathReD Discipline Advisory Committee


  • Dr. Cassandra Bruce-Brand

Dr. Cassandra Bruce-Brand is a junior consultant and senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University and the National Health Laboratory Service Tygerberg Academic Hospital. I successfully completed my FCPath examination in October 2019 and graduated MMed Cum Laude in December 2020. I have also successfully completed the DipRCPath examination in 2019. I have a keen interest in dermatopathology, neuroendocrine tumours and medical lung pathology. I have research interests in Kaposi sarcoma. When not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband, three dogs and my cat as well as cooking and baking.

  • Dr. Chantal van Niekerk

Dr. Chantal van Niekerk obtained her PhD in Genetics and is currently a principal scientist in the Department of Chemical Pathology, University of Pretoria, specialising in molecular biology. Her research interests include molecular analysis of cardiovascular disease, specifically channelopathies that are difficult to identify on autopsy. This involves an active collaboration with the Department of Forensic Science at the University of Pretoria. She is currently supervising 14 post-graduate students and three intern scientists, all of whom are involved in her research programme. She serves on both the MSc and PhD committees of the University of Pretoria and is also an NHLS ECHO champion for Chemical Pathology.

  • Dr. Siphokazi Gwiliza

Dr. Siphokazi Gwiliza is a pathologist based at the Division of Chemical Pathology, Dr George Mukhari Laboratory National Health Laboratory Service at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. She obtained her MBChB from University of Pretoria in 2007. She completed her Medical Internship training at the Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex and Community Service at the East London Hospital Complex. She completed her postgraduate training at the Division of Chemical Pathology at University of Pretoria and her MMed mini-dissertation was titled: “Validity of calcium correction formulae: comparison of albumin-adjusted calcium and ionised calcium in a tertiary hospital”. She was admitted to the College of Pathologists of South Africa in May 2017. Her current areas of interest include laboratory management, renal and metabolic diseases. She has a passion for teaching and is involved both at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professional Education (UCT).

  • Dr. Maemu Gededzha

Dr. Maemu Gededzha is a Senior medical scientist and Researcher in the Department of Immunology at National Health Laboratory Service and the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Gededzha has PHD in Medical Virology with special interest in immunology of infectious diseases and transplant. She has over 15 peer-reviewed publications in infectious diseases and transplant immunogenetics and serves as a peer reviewer for several scientific journals. She has worked in collaboration with University of Cincinnati and J, Craig Venter Institute, USA. She has trained and supervised intern medical scientists and postgraduate’s students. She is a member of South African Immunology Society 2021 conference organizing committee.

  • Ms. Surita Meldau

Ms. Surita Meldau is a senior medical scientist in Chemical Pathology at the University of Cape Town and the NHLS where she oversees the Inherited Metabolic Diseases (IMD) molecular laboratory. She specialises in metabolic disease diagnostics with a specific emphasis on mitochondrial pathology, while serving as part of the larger NHLS/UCT metabolic disease group and the informal national network for mitochondrial disorders. She is currently registered for her PhD, focussing on the genetic basis of mitochondrial disease in South Africa.

  • Dr. Suzanna Nagel

Dr. Suzanna Nagel obtained her MBChB at the University of Pretoria in 2003. She completed her postgraduate education in Chemical Pathology at the same university in 2010. She worked as a consultant chemical pathologist within the NHLS at the automation laboratory of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital where she gained valuable management and laboratory operational experience. She is currently working as a consultant pathologist in the core laboratory at Steve Biko Academic Hospital where she is involved in laboratory operations, academic activities and research. Her professional and research interests include strategic laboratory management, technological innovation and big data analysis.

  • Dr. Taryn Pillay

Dr. Taryn Pillay is currently the pathologist-in-charge of the Chemical Pathology Autolaboratory, and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring unit at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, University of Witwatersrand and NHLS. Her Previous appointments include Chris Hani Baragwanath and Universitas Academic Laboratories. Having obtained her MBChB from the University of Natal, she joined the Department of Chemical Pathology at the University of Witwatersrand and obtained an FCPath(Chemical Pathology) in 2012. Her areas of interest include ARV and Antibiotic Drug Monitoring, Quality Assurance and promoting rational laboratory test usage Dr Pillay is also actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training and examinations.

  • Dr. Thumeka Jalavu

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.

  • Mr. Zain Warasally

Mr. Zain Warasally is a medical scientist based in the Department of Chemical Pathology at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central hospital, Durban. His main scientific interests include chromatography and molecular biology.

  • Miss Sara Pheeha

Miss Sara Pheeha(Also known as Mosima), MSc, currently serves as a Medical Scientist at NHLS-DGM. She studied at University of Limpopo (Turfloop campus) for her undergraduate degree and furthered her studies at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University for an MSc in Medical Sciences (Chemical Pathology). Her career began as an Intern Scientist for the NHLS and 3 years later Sara is still pleased to be contributing to the company by conducting research, teaching and providing quality services to the population in general.

  • Dr. Prebashini Naidoo


Dr. Prebashini Naidoo is a graduate of University of Witwatersrand & completed her post graduate studies in Chemical Pathology at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She is currently a principal pathologist at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban. Her special interests are in paediatric biochemistry, cardiology & myeloma biomarkers & endocrinology. She is currently a member of SEMDSA. Dr Naidoo has been a co-investigator in VISION & MANAGE, both multicentre international clinical trials with accompanying publications.

  • Dr. Daleen Kriel

Dr. Daleen Kriel is a junior consultant in haematopathology at Groote Schuur Hospital NHLS laboratory. After undergraduate studies, she completed a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University in 2013, before joining the division of haematology at the University of Cape Town as registrar in 2015. Dr Kriel is passionate about registrar training and promoting the interests of trainees in the planning of PathReD 2021.

  • Dr. Dashini Pillay

Dr. Dashini Pillay completed her training in Haematopathology in 2013 at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology, Witwatersrand Medical school and the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS). She has worked as a haematopathologist in Durban and she was appointed as the head of the coagulation unit at the NHLS KwaZulu Natal Haematology Department. In 2018, she was awarded the opportunity to participate in a mentorship programme offered by the International Society of Laboratory Haematology where she developed her skills in quality assurance in coagulation and thrombophilia testing. Dashini is passionate about the teaching of registrars and medical students. “It is a rewarding experience to pay forward the skills that were taught to me and share my experiences in laboratory medicine.”

  • Dr. Susan Louw

Dr. Susan Louw (MBBCh (WITS), FCPath (SA), MMed (WITS)), a haemotopathologist in the department of Haematology at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), is in charge of the NHLS Coagulation Laboratory at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) as well as a Clinical adjunct consultant. She is actively involved in research and development and under-and postgraduate teaching. She is the secretary-treasurer of the Southern African Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (SASTH). Her research interests include the hypercoagulable state in people with HIV infection, the pathogenesis of HIV-related thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and activity testing of the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs).

  • Ms Maria Mudau

Ms Maria Mudau joined the Division of Human Genetics (NHLS and Wits University) in 2006 as an intern Medical Scientist, having graduated from the University of the Free State with a Master’s degree in Biotechnology. I have 15 years of experience in the Division and a Joint-staff between Wits University and the NHLS as Acting Principal Scientist, Lecturer and Part-time PhD student (currently writing up the PhD which is on the Development of a multi-disease panel to study the genetic aetiology of RASopathies). My duties include overseeing the NGS testing using the Inherited disease disorders panel (IDP), lecturing postgraduate students, supervising research projects, teaching and training new staff, students, Interns and registrars.

  • Dr. Nerina van der Merwe

Dr. Nerina van der Merwe I am a principal medical scientist involved in both diagnostics and research surrounding familial breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC). Myself, together with a co-worker initiated the research in South Africa, and has been working in the field for the past 25 years. Our translational research resulted in the identification of various South African founder mutations, which were introduced onto the diagnostic platform in 1998. In the years that followed we expanded our repertoire to comprehensive screening of the two familial breast cancer genes at the NHLS laboratory in Bloemfontein, using the latest technology. We have recently been accredited to perform these screens using next generation sequencing and are currently the referral laboratory for the country. Our scope of testing will be expanded to include other genes involved in HBOC in order to determine the mutational burden for our country. Our work has resulted in numerous outputs such as conference presentations, post graduate students, various research publications and international collaborators.

  • Prof. Sandeep Vasaikar

Prof. Sandeep Vasaikar is Professr of Medical Microbiology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Walter Sisuu University. He is working as a head of the division of Med Micro since 204. He studied medicine at GMC, his MD in Med Micro at LTMMC, Mumbaiand received his PhD from WSU in 2016. His research interes are Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and AMR in rural area. He has received VC’s Research award for high achievement inresearch in 2019. Teaching, both undergraduate medical and postgraduat students at WSU by Problem-Based Learning and Community-Based Education has also been an abiding interest.

  • Dr. Ahmad Haeri Mazanderani

Dr. Ahmad Haeri Mazanderani is a clinical virologist based at the Centre for HIV & STIs at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg. His primary responsibilities are paediatric HIV surveillance.

  • Dr. Puleng Matatiele

Dr. Puleng Matatiele BSc. (Hons.), MSc., PhD. (Biochemistry) Dr. Puleng Matatiele is a registered clinical biochemist (HPCSA), and works as a senior medical scientist at the Analytical Services section of the National Institute for Occupational Health. Dr Matatiele also supervises research students at the Division of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, and teaches at the School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand. Dr. Matatiele’s broad research interests are at the interface between toxicology and analytical chemistry with particular focus on biological and environmental monitoring of occupational exposures to hazardous organic chemicals. Her success as a research scientist includes a book chapter and first authorship in several scientific publications.

  • Ms Joy Ebonwu

Ms Joy Ebonwu is the Provincial Epidemiology Team manager at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases. The team provides epidemiological support to provincial health departments, particularly with regard to public health surveillance and response, and efficient utilization of data. Prior to this, she worked at Foundation for Professional Development (where she coordinated a study on factors affecting presentation for first antenatal care visit in two study sites) and at the Centre for HIV and STIs at the NICD to support the strategic objectives of the National STI Surveillance Programme. She is currently doing her PhD programme with the University of Witwatersrand.

  • Dr. Nishi Prabdial-Sing

Dr. Nishi Prabdial-Sing (PhD, Med.Virol) As a principal medical scientist/virologist, I am currently involved in bench-marking rapid diagnostic assays, understanding drug resistance patterns and producing unique databases for use to epidemiologists/gastroenterologists/scientists both nationally and internationally. I am a member of the technical working group (TWG) on the compilation of the Viral hepatitis Guidelines with South African National Department of Health (NDoH). I am part of the key population focus group tasked with providing the NDoH with strategic and feasible plans so to drive elimination goals of viral hepatitis in SA. I have mentored 19 medical intern scientists in the Virology discipline and supervised 10 postgraduates.

  • Dr. Oluwakemi Laguda-Akingba

Dr. Oluwakemi Laguda-Akingba is a self-driven and dynamic clinical virologist at Virology Laboratory NHLS Port Elizabeth Main Branch. I have a joint appointment with Walter Sisulu University and I perform clinical activities, research, lecturing and service delivery. I obtained my Master of Medicine Pathology- Medical Virology from the university of Pretoria (2018), Fellowship of the College of Pathologists South Africa –Virology (2017), Diploma in HIV Management South Africa (2014), Bachelor of Science (Hons) Medical Virology from University of Pretoria (2012), Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) Degree from Lagos State University (2007) and Science Laboratory Technology Diploma from Lagos State Polytechnic (1998).

  • Dr. Agata Czajkowski

Dr. Agata Czajkowski Qualifications: MBBCH (WITS) F.C. PATH (S.A.) ANAT, Position: Senior Histopathologist Academic, Department: Anatomical Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand / Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital
Dr Agata Czajkowski is a senior histopathologist at the department of Anatomical Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand and the NHLS ( Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital). She qualified as an anatomical pathologist in 2006, after completing her registrar time at WITS. She has been employed at the NHLS and has served as a consultant at both Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital well as the CMJAH.
She has a wide interest in histopathology and is particularly interested in gynecological pathology, soft tissue pathology and paediatric and placental pathology. She has completed the International Advanced course in paediatric pathology (IPPA course ) in 2018, which is offered through collaboration of academic institutions from the UK and Europe. She is widely involved in diagnostic and consultative work as well as teaching, both at an undergraduate and post-graduate level. She has been involved in the International Academy of Pathology (IAP), fulfilling her duties as the secretary of the South African Division of the IAP since 2012. Dr Czajkowski enjoys teaching registrars and has a broad interest in academic histopathology.

  • Dr. Unathi Ngxamngxa

Dr. Unathi Ngxamngxa is a Chemical Pathologist who works at the NHLS, IALCH Chemical Pathology department. She qualified as a Chemical pathologist two years ago from the University of KwaZulu Natal. Her areas of interest include Laboratory Management and Non-communicable diseases and she hopes to grow in area of research. She enjoys assisting with outreach laboratories she is responsible for.

  • Dr. Moshawa Khaba

Dr. Moshawa Khaba : MBChB (Cuba), FC Path (SA) Anat, MMed (UKZN), Dip For Med (SA) Path. Acting Head of Department and Pathologist at the Department of Anatomical Pathology, Dr George Mukhari Academic Laboratory and Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. A generalist with special interest in autopsy pathology, placenta and HIV-related pathology. An aspiring researcher who is currently supervising BSc-honours, MSc and MMed students.

  • Dr. Absalom Mwazha

Dr. Absalom Mwazha is a junior consultant and lecturer at University of KwaZulu-Natal and the National Health Laboratory Service, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. After undergraduate studies, he completed a Master of Public health degree with the University of Liverpool in 2013. He joined the Department of Anatomical Pathology as a Registrar in 2015 and successfully completed my FCPath examination in October 2019 and MMed in March 2020. His areas of interest include Haematopathology, Soft tissue and Bone Pathology. Dr Mwazha is also actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training.

  • Dr. Nomusa Mashigo

Dr. Nomusa Mashigo is a senior Haematopathologist based in the Division of Haematology at Stellenbosch University and National Health Laboratory Service, Tygerberg Hospital, where I obtained my specialist training. I have a keen interest in the fields of flow cytometry, coagulation and molecular diagnostics within Haematology. I am inspired by the rapid advances in pathology as a whole and in Haematology in particular and think those should be areas of research in the African context to take our disease profile into account. I also think pathology should have a larger footprint in undergraduate training to help facilitate the understanding of the basis of disease in future medical professionals and hopefully create more interest in pathology as a speciality.

  • Prof. Muriel Meiring

Prof. Muriel Meiring is Associate Professor and Principal Scientist in the Department of Haematology and Cell Biology at the National Health Laboratory Service and University of the Free State at Bloemfontein, South Africa. Prof Meiring established the Specialised Haemostasis Laboratory at the University of the Free State as a reference center for von Willebrand Disease (VWD) in South Africa. The laboratory also enjoys international recognition as a reference laboratory. She also collaborates with laboratories in Belgium, Hungary and Australia, not only on research regarding VWD, but also on the development of antithrombotic agent and diagnostic kits and microparticle contribution to haemostatic disorders. She is the inventor of 3 South African patents and 2 provisional international patents and author more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. She furthermore chairs the Research and Development Committee of the National Health Laboratory Service and besides her PhD and MBA degrees, she recently obtained her D Med Sc degree.

  • Dr. Andiswa Pooe

Dr. Andiswa Pooe qualified in 2015 as a Haematopathologist at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. She later did a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education through the University of Cape Town. She is currently a joint appointee at the National Health Laboratory Services, Dr George Mukhari Tertiary Laboratory and Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Her research interests are on Multiple Myeloma and Cryptococcal antigen reflex testing. She is in charge of Flow cytometry at the DGM Laboratory. She has supervised postgraduate students.

  • Dr. Melissa A Vetten

Dr. Melissa A Vetten joined the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH-NHLS) in Johannesburg in 2008; and works as a scientist in the Toxicology and Biochemistry Department. She graduated with a PhD from the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of the Witwatersrand in 2019. She specializes in nanoparticle toxicology and her research for her thesis involved the in vitro toxicity testing of gold nanoparticles in a bronchial epithelial cell line. She is registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions as a Toxicologist.

  • Dr. MD Morobadi

Dr. MD Morobadi was born and bred in Rustenburg but grew up in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria. A friendly face that’s ever smiling with passion for life. He completed his undergraduate studies at the then Medunsa, now SMU in Ga-Rankuwas and finished postgraduate studies at the University of Pretoria, obtaining a MMed degree in Medical Virology. Dr Morobadi is an inspiration to many in the field of laboratory medicine with a few technologists venturing into Medicine with his encouragement. Loves to work with his hands and enjoys gardening and reading as hobbies.

  • Dr. Zizipho Mbulawa

Dr. Zizipho Mbulawa (Ph.D.) is a joint medical scientist at the National Health Laboratory Service Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital and Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha. She is a member of the South African Medical Research Council Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre, University of Cape Town. She is registered by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a medical scientist under the virology discipline. Dr. Zizipho Mbulawa is a Y2 NRF rated researcher. Her expertise are in the molecular epidemiology of human papillomavirus (HPV). Her research has yielded novel and significant information on HPV natural history. Her publication can be found on this link https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=dldeHP8AAAAJ&hl=en

  • Prof. Wolfgang Preiser

Prof. Wolfgang Preiser has a background in medicine with specialization in medical virology in Germany and the U.K. He holds two doctorates (Dr. med. and Dr. med. habil., >PhD equivalent). Since 2005 he has been Head of the Division of Medical Virology at Stellenbosch University, attracted by the combination of an enormous routine diagnostic workload as part of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) Tygerberg with the ability to employ sophisticated state-of-the-art methods (albeit to a lesser extent than in industrialised countries) in an academic setting. This enables him to address scientific questions of relevance to sub-Saharan Africa. His research interests aim to close gaps in clinical and diagnostic virology, focusing on three areas: (i) improving and advancing laboratory diagnosis and monitoring of HIV patients whilst defining and addressing emerging issues such as antiretroviral drug resistance; (ii) the epidemiology and management of opportunistic viral infections and conditions (esp. hepatitis virus infections and virally induced malignancies) in HIV-infected and otherwise immune-compromised individuals; and (iii) the characterization of potentially emerging zoonotic viruses in their wildlife reservoirs.

  • Dr. Vindana Chibabhai

Dr. Vindana Chibabhai holds an FCPath and MMed in Microbiology, and is senior pathologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, based at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. She is a member and twice chairperson of the NHLS Microbiology Technology Assessment Committee. Dedicated to raising awareness of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), healthcare associated infections (HAI), pathogen surveillance and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), she is an active member of Charlotte Maxeke and Nelson Mandela Children’s hospital AMS committees. Her research activities focus on AMR, AMS and HAI with numerous self-initiated ongoing projects and several peer reviewed publications.

  • Dr. Mmaphuti Choke Maluleke

Dr. Mmaphuti Chokoe Maluleke a Consultant Anatomical Pathologist and Lecturer at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur NHLS Academic division. I have experience of working both in Private practice and in the Public sector pathology practice. I was born in Limpopo Province to Ntona Phuthego Solomon Chokoe and Hunadi Sophia Chokoe. I am also a mother, sister, aunt, and wife. I love histopathology and cytopathology. My main interests include cytopathology, oral pathology , ENT, placental and paediatric pathology. I have a passion for teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates students and I am interested in doing translational research. In my spare time I like spending time with my family, long walks on the beach, watching movies and travelling.

  • Dr. Gamalenkosi Nhlonzi

Dr. Gamalenkosi Nhlonzi main interest areas are haematolymphoid pathology particularly plasmablastic lymphoma and anaplastic myeloma, infectious diseases, neuropathology and female genital tract pathology. Dr. Nhlonzi is passionate about teaching and research and has presented his work in local and international congresses. He has successfully supervised 3 MMeds and is currently supervising 4 MMed registrars. He is a member of the International Academy of Pathology South African Division and College of Pathologists of South Africa (CMSA). He is passionate about athletics and is a founding member of Manguzi Athletic Club of which he remains the chairperson of the club.

  • Dr. Tebogo Medupe

Dr. Tebogo Medupe She is a histopathologist at the Department of Anatomical pathology-Tshwane Academic division with a cumulative work experience of over 6 years in both academic and private institutions. Dr Medupe obtained her undergraduate Medicine and Bachelor of surgery degree from the Medical University of south Africa in 2005 and in 2015 accepted her Mmed degree from the University of Pretoria. She aspire in research and is grateful for opportunities and experiences in the field.

  • Dr. Veronica Kgarebe

Dr. Boitumelo Veronica Kgarebe holds BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, MSc and PhD in Analytical Chemistry all from the University of London. She has more than 35 years of university teaching and research experience at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has worked at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, and holds a Certificate of Recognition for contribution to the outstanding work of the OPCW on its award of the Nobel Peace Prize 2013. Currently, she heads the Analytical Services Department at the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH) in Johannesburg, internationally-accredited, specialized laboratory services providing diagnostic, research, advisory and training services to support the practice of occupational and environmental health. She supervises research at the Wits University Division of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, and lectures at the School of Chemistry.

  • Dr. Melendhran Pillay

Dr. Melendhran Pillay is a Senior Medical Scientist in the Department of Virology, NHLS, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. He is specialised in both Medical Virology & Microbiology. His career commenced with the optimisation & development of scientific methods for the rapid diagnosis of drug resistant M.tuberculosis as well as conducting numerous research for a better understanding of the molecular epidemiology of drug resistant TB. His current focus is on improving the reliability of current Genomic Sequencing platforms for the effective management of patients on ART. He is passionate about the teaching and training of registrars, intern medical scientists & technologists.

  • Dr. Kerusha Govender

Dr. Kerusha Govender is a clinical virologist based at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) KwaZulu Natal academic complex at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban. She studied medicine at the University of KwaZulu Natal, she subsequently completed her fellowship in Virology and Masters in Medical Virology there and is now pursuing a PhD in Virology. Her research interests include HIV laboratory diagnosis, CMV diagnosis. More recently, she is occupied with SARS CoV2 laboratory diagnosis with respect to service delivery as well as research. She plays an active role in post- and under-graduate virology education at provincial and national levels.

  • Dr. Lucia Hans

Dr. Lucia Hans is a pathologist, specialised in Virology, managing the Molecular Haematology and Virology Laboratory in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology the NHLS CMJAH and Wits University. I oversee the diagnostic tests performed in the laboratory, teach and perform research studies The laboratory is an accredited WHO Prequalification laboratory performing WHO prequalifications for HIV assays. Additionally, I provide specialist input in national tenders for HIV molecular assays, perform validations of new assays and assist with queries related to quality management of the assays as the virologist supporting the National Priority Program.

  • Dr. Zinhle Makatini

Dr. Zinhle Makatini is an accomplished Pathologist who holds BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and MSc in Immunology from the University of London. This was followed by an MBChB from the University of Sheffield. She returned to South Africa in 2000 to start Registrar training at the National Institute of Virology (now NICD). A gap in Registrar training in 2003 whilst with an international collaborative research project with the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the South African Defence Force, provided her firm foundation and experience in HIV management and Clinical Trials. Dr Makatini re-joined the NHLS in 2006 to complete her training and sit her Fellowship Virology exams. She was awarded an academic Fellowship Award by Discovery Health and Department of Science and Technology (SHARP) to persue research for her PhD in HIV Drug Resistance. Dr Makatini previously sat on a number of National Committees on an Advisory capacity to the Minister of Health including the National Health Research Committee, National Advisory group on Immunization and continues to serve the Medicines Control Council (SAHPRA) Council, Clinical and Clinical Trials Committee. She is currently a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on COVID19, assigned to the Pathology Laboratory Working Group. An NHLS based Clinical Virologist (Pathologist) based at Charlotte Maxeke academic complex, Dr Makatini is also currently serving as a Councillor and Secretary to the College of Pathologists and is the Chair of the Virology Expert Committee. In 2020, Dr Makatini served as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG), a position she no longer hold

  • Prof. Selokela Gloria Selabe

Prof. Selokela Gloria Selabe is currently an Associate Professor and head of Department of Virology, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and the head of HIV and Hepatitis Research Unit (HHRU). The Unit is actively involved in HIV, HPV and viral hepatitis studies addressing basic research, epidemiology, and prevention and control. She has published more than 27 articles nationally and internationally in accredited scientific journals and received an award for best female researcher in the University in 2011. She serves as convener of judging panel of Faculty of Health Sciences Research day committee, and have received a Chairman’s award for excellent service to Research Day in 2010. She also serve as a reviewer of protocols for funding for the NRF, MRC and NHLS as well as an external assessor for Medical Scientist interns who are due for registration with Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She has been an external examiner for PhD, Masters and Honours dissertations and thesis for various universities in South Africa since 2008. She has successfully acquired research grant from the following bodies: NRF, MRC, NHLS and PRF and has supervised and co-supervised 3 PhD, 20 Masters and 10 BSc Honours students who have successfully completed their theses and dissertations.

  • Dr. Ivy Rukasha

Dr.Ivy Rukasha is a Medical Scientist for Limpopo and Mpumalanga Region and University of Limpopo (Capricorn Academic Unit). Her research interest are mainly on Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Blood stream infections.

  • Dr. Farzana Ismail

Dr. Farzana Ismail is a Clinical Microbiologist and initially worked as consultant at a tertiary level Microbiology laboratory attached to Academic Hospitals in Pretoria, providing specialist services in both infectious diseases, and infection control. These services extended to regional and district hospitals covering the Northern region of South Africa. During this time, she was the Chairperson of the infection control committee at Kalafong Tertiary hospital. In 2017, she was appointed as the pathologist at the Centre for Tuberculosis and leads the WHO Supranational TB Reference laboratory section of the Centre providing support to other National TB reference laboratories in the region as well as conducting an external quality assurance program for high burden TB reference laboratories in Africa. She is now the Acting Head of the Centre. She has a keen interest in drug resistant TB, diagnostic technologies, infection control as well as patient centred care for TB. She also plays a pivotal role in diagnostics policy for South Africa and was instrumental in the roll out of the DRTB reflex algorithm for second line drug susceptibility testing. An important initiative has been the provision of reference laboratory support for specialised testing to clinicians managing difficult to treat and highly resistant TB patients in SA. She also plays an important role in surveillance activities trying to monitor new drug resistance as well as patient pathways to TB diagnosis among drug susceptible TB. Dr Farzana Ismail was the laboratory lead for the first ever South African National TB prevalence survey that was recently completed. She is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria and is involved in training medical undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as registrars in clinical microbiology and infection control.

  • Dr. Ndivhuho Makhado

Dr. Ndivhuho Makhado MSc (Micro) MSc (Med) PhD (Med) is a Medical Scientist at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) – Dr George Mukhari Tertiary Laboratory and Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Her research focus is in Mycobacteriology and does different collaborative researches with different institutions, nationally and internationally. She has published her research work on Journal of Lancet Infectious Diseases as a first author. She teaches undergraduate, postgraduate students, intern/medical technicians, technologists, and scientists as well as registrars. She supervises BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, MMed students as well as intern medical scientists. She serves as a peer reviewer different journals. She is a principal investigator in different research work.

  • Ms. Catherine Worsley

Ms. Catherine Worsley is a joint appointment principal medical scientist and senior lecturer in the Department of Immunology at the University of Pretoria/NHLS. She is involved in teaching, research and diagnostics. Her PhD topic is looking at immunology in the tumour microenvironment. She has also worked in the private sector, and was a laboratory manager responsible for diagnostic testing of haematological malignancies, immunological disorders and transplantation. Her other interests include immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, immunology, molecular biology, infectious and non-communicable diseases and evolutionary biology. She is also responsible for supervising post graduate students as well as training registrars, scientists and technologists.

  • Dr. Marleen Kock

Dr. Marleen Kock is jointly appointed as a Principal Medical Scientist/Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Tshwane Academic Division/University of Pretoria where she is involved in the teaching and training of registrars, intern medical scientists, postgraduate students and undergraduate medical and allied healthcare students. Marleen’s research program focuses mainly on the characterisation of important antimicrobial resistant Gram-negative pathogens (Acinetobacter baumannii, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) to elucidate the pathogens’ characteristics linked to their emergence and spread in the private and public healthcare setting.

  • Mrs. Anneke van der Spoel van Dijk

Mrs. Anneke van der Spoel van Dijk is a Principal Medical Scientist in Medical Microbiology, Universitas, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, with 33 years of experience. She is an expert in tuberculosis diagnostics and molecular epidemiology in Free State. She is passionate about drug resistance, ensuring health care workers understand laboratory tests and advising on challenging cases. She also researches multidrug resistance in hospital-acquired infections, investigating the mechanism of resistance and control. The fight against disease and sexually transmitted infections in adolescents are close to her heart. She has ten peer-reviewed publications, 24 international/national and numerous local congress presentations, supervised 14 MMedSc/MMed/Interns, and 24 Honours students since 2000.