The IDM has curated a go-to range of reliable information to guide and assist staff and students during this time of crisis. We are continuously updating the various COVID-19 resources listed on our webpage below.
Growing up in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Professor Ambroise Wonkam pursued an atypical career path: medical research. Having decided early on in his education journey that he would follow an academic career, he thought one of the best ways to do this was through training in basic science. For him this meant exploring cell biology, which would end up being his gateway into genetics. An award-winning and world-renowned geneticist recognised for his work in sickle cell disease (SCD), he recently completed a three-year term as the Deputy Dean for Research (DDR) at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). Professor Wonkam is one of two recipients of the 2020 Alan Pifer Award.
A new collaborative study undertaken by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) and the University of Southampton’s Glycoprotein Therapeutics Laboratory has shed new light on how vaccine production in plants is impacted by the host plant machinery.
Professor Kelly Chibale, the founder and director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), has been named among 22 rising black biotech leaders in the Timmerman Report, published in the United States (US). Professor Chibale is the only Africa‑based scientist included in the group.
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of Public Health and Family Medicine (SPHFM) has started a new health promotion campaign to raise awareness about the importance of early antenatal care, focusing on various communities around Cape Town. Working closely with the Western Cape Government’s Department of Health and several other stakeholders, the SPHFM kicked off their antenatal care programme with a successful community engagement session in Gugulethu.