PhD (Molecular and Cell Biology)
I am a microbiologist with a background in molecular and cell biology. I joined the MIG team as a Scientific Officer in 2018 where I work on projects that explore the roles that anaerobic bacteria play in female genital tract health and disease.
As part of the laboratory management team, I help to monitor the research laboratories and supervise students. I also assist with the managing and day-to-day running of the anaerobic culture facility in the IDM.
Within the MIG team under the leadership of Prof Jo-Ann Passmore, I am involved in projects that look at the diversity of bacteriophages within vaginal Lactobacillus spp. (with Drs Anna Happel and Rémy Froissart), the molecular epidemiology of Chlamydia trachomatis in South African women (with Dr Rubina Bunjun and Pride Kanyoka) and the isolation and characterisation of Lactobacillus spp. for use in probiotic products (with Drs Marijke Fagan-Endres and Anna Happel).