MSc student in Medical Virology
I completed my BSc at the University of Cape Town in 2020, majoring in Genetics and Biochemistry. I remained at UCT for my Honours in 2021, specialising in Infectious Disease and Immunology, during which time I joined the MIG lab for my research project. I will be staying in the group for my MSc, expanding on the research done in my Honours year.
My MSc project will focus on isolating and characterising Prevotella bivia strains from young South African women with bacterial vaginosis (BV), which affects many young women in the country. This aim is to investigate the characteristics of these South African strains, to give insight into the role of the bacterium in BV, and to aid research into vaginal probiotic development.