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.
Dr Lizelle Lubbe, a postdoctoral research fellow in structural biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), hopes that her academic journey and research will help inspire other young Africans to pursue a career in science.
The lungs are one of the organs hardest hit by COVID-19, and in some cases the effects of the disease remain long after the patient has recovered. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Keertan Dheda discusses long COVID and its impact on the lungs.
Transmission, infection, disease is the successive cycle driven by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) – the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). However, the mechanisms behind the successful transmission of the bacterium have been poorly researched, mainly due to an inability to capture and identify live M. tb in the exhaled breath of TB patients. This is changing – guided by collaborative efforts from researchers at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM).
When Professor Ambroise Wonkam, director of Genetic Medicine of African Populations (GeneMAP) in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Human Genetics, first started formulating the idea of sequencing the genomes of three million Africans to build a more representative human reference genome, he anticipated a measure of resistance.