Education and training

Breakdown of postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the CBTBR in 2016

Student Category

Number / Percentage

Target based on SLA4
(for Extension Phase 2014-2018)

Total number of students

127

≥ 35

% Postdoctoral fellows

28%

≥10%

% PhD students

30%

N/A

% MSc students

28%

N/A

% BSc (Hons) students

13%

N/A

% Women students*

59%

≥ 50%

% Black students*

54%

≥ 50%

*Includes postdoctoral fellows

Degrees conferred and postdoctoral fellowships completed
The CBTBR graduated 13 PhD, 19 MSc and 17 BSc (Hons) students in 2016.

Recruitment of new postgraduate students
A number of new students have joined the team during the course of 2016. At the SU node, for 2016 including the new students, 22 Postdoctoral fellows, 34 PhD students, 38 MSc students and 17 BSc (Hons) students were registered. At the UCT node a total of 4 Postdoctoral fellows, 1 MSc student and 3 BSc (Hons) students we registered. The Wits node registered 3 Postdoctoral fellows, 3 MSc students and 2 BSc (Hons) students for 2016.

Honours and awards to staff and students - click to open or close information
  • Prof. Kana was appointed to Board of Reviewing Editors of eLife - an open access journal established in 2012 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Max Planck Society, and Wellcome Trust.
  • Prof. Kana was appointed as a Research Associate at the Centre for AIDS Prevention Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).
  • Prof. Kana was awarded a First-time Inventor's Award by Wits Enterprise for developing globally marketable diagnostic reagents for TB.
  • Prof. Kana was awarded the First-time Innovator's Award for licensing his products to a Wits spinoff company, SmartSpot Quality Check.
  • Prof. Kana and Dr. Gordhan were recognized for the outstanding research contribution and achievement at the Health Sciences Research Awards Breakfast on the 19th August 2016.
  • Prof Mizrahi was elected as a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.
  • Prof. Mizrahi appointed to the Editorial Advisory Boards of Cell Chemical Biology, ACS Infectious Diseases, ACS Central Science and Genome Medicine.
  • Mr. Senzani won first prize for an oral presentation by a student in the Infectious Diseases Track at the Health Sciences Research Day and Postgraduate Expo 2016.
  • Ms. Narrandes won first prize for an oral presentation by a student in the Molecular and Comparative Biosciences Track at the Health Sciences Research Day and Postgraduate Expo 2016.
  • Dr.  Singh won the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences 2015 Best Publication Award in the Basic Laboratory Sciences for his paper published in Chemistry & Biology.
  • Mr. Ralefeta won third prize for an oral presentation from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Wits Annual Cross-Faculty Symposium.
  • Dr. Chengalroyen was awarded a travel grant from the MRC Soweto Matlosana Collaborative Centre for HIV/AIDS & TB (SoMCHAT). 
  • Ms. Papadopoulos won the second prize for best oral presentation at the Molecular Biosciences Research Thrust, University of the Witwatersrand. 8 December 2016.
  • Mrs. McIvor won second prize for the best poster presentation at the Molecular Biosciences Research Thrust, University of the Witwatersrand. 8 December 2016.
  • Ms. Narrandes won third prize for the best poster presentation at the Molecular Biosciences Research Thrust, University of the Witwatersrand. 8 December 2016.
  • Whitfield MG received HD Brede Award for Tuberculosis Research (Best Biomedical Research Publication) from Stellenbosch University 2016.
  • Haylett W received ATPAF1 and SEPT9 are novel protein substrates of Parkin, 2nd Prize for poster presentation from Conference Organization Committee of the 11th Annual Meeting of the Genetic Epidemiology of Parkinson's Disease Consortium and the 3rd International Parkinson's Disease Symposium 2016.
  • Pule C received WhiteSci Scientific Travel Award from Whitehead Scientific 2016.
  • Pule C received International Scientific Travel Award from Stellenbosch University, RDSD 2016.
  • Pule C received South African Women in Science Award: TATA Doctoral Scholarships category from TATA AFRICA and DST 2016.
  • Bardien S received Stellenbosch University Vice-Rector Award for outstanding research outputs for 2014/2015 from Stellenbosch University 2016.
  • Prof. Sampson completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development at University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2016.
  • Gina Leisching received a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Travel Award in 2016.
  • Gina Leisching received a Travel Grant - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2016.
  • Caroline Pule received a Harry Crossley Foundation Research Project Funding Award, RDSD, Stellenbosch University (SU) December 2016.
  • Andile Ngwane received an MRC Career Development Award.
  • MSc student Rendani Mbau was awarded prestigious Master’s scholarships from both the SAMRC and the NRF. Rendani is working under the supervision of Digby Warner on the use of forward genetic screens to investigate mechanisms of vitamin B12 transport and assimilation in M. tuberculosis.
  • MSc student Ryan Dinkele was awarded a prestigious David and Elaine Potter Fellowship and Oppenheimer Memorial Trust scholarship. Ryan is also working under the supervision of Digby Warner.
  • PhD student Bianca Masuku was awarded a SAHUDA-NIHSS Doctoral scholarship.
  • MSc student Bevika Sewgoolam was awarded an NRF Masters Innovation Scholarship
  • PhD student Amanda Mabhula was appointed as a member of the Golden Key Honour Society
Training courses implemented by staff and students
  • Prof. Warner served as Co-Convenor of the BMedSc (Hons) programme, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT.
  • Prof. Warner served as Convenor, Laboratory Research Methods module of the BMedSc (Hons) programme, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT. Prof. Warner and Dr. Joanna Evans lectured students taking this course.
  • Prof. Warner served as Convenor of the Bacterial Pathogenesis module of the Infectious Diseases and Immunology Honours Programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT. Prof. Warner and Dr. Evans lectured in this course.
  • Prof. Warner served as Convenor of the Bacteriology module of the Intercalated MBChB programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT. Prof. Warner also lectured in this course.
  • Prof. Warner presented the Tuberculosis module in the Defence and Disease programme in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, UCT.
  • Dr. Gordhan taught molecular diagnostics and basic bacteriology in the second-year Bioengineering Degree at Wits University.
  • Prof. Kana gave delivered lectures on Recombinant DNA and Proteins and Gene Manipulation to the Registrars in 2016 (ANAP7000).
  • Prof. Kana delivered a two-week lecture series on mycobacteria to the Honours Students in the Molecular Medicine and Haematology Department.
  • Both Prof. Kana and Dr. Gordhan taught in the Bachelor of Health Sciences – 3rd Year Molecular Basis of Disease course.
  • Prof. Tabb taught / presented   R/Bioconductor Proteomics Workshop In-person multi-institutional training workshop in 2016.
  • Prof. Kuivaniemi taught / presented a NIH Grants Writing Workshop RGMO, FMHS, SU Bellville in 2016.
  • Prof. Miller taught / presented 2016 Wildlife Medicine Clinical Techniques Training Course Southeast Asian Zoo Veterinary Association Sandakan in 2016.
  • Prof. Miller taught / presented Taipei Zoo Megavertebrate Training Worskhop Southeast Asian Zoo Veterinary Association Taipei in 2016.
  • Prof. Tabb taught / presented Annual Conference of American Society for Mass Spectrometry Prof. Tabb and two American scientists San Antonio, TX in 2016.
  • Prof. Tabb Tromp taught / presented Honours for Div. Molecular Biology and Human Genetics Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics Cape Town in 2016.
  • NL Kriel taught BSc (Hons) molecular biology and human genetics class 2016 Protein Practical Course, Cape Town in 2016.
  • Lennart Martens, Kathryn Lilley and David Tabb taught / presented Advanced topics in Proteome Informatics Cape Town in 2016.
  • Dr. Jackson taught / presented Laboratory basics Stellenbosch University Cape Town in 2016.
  • Prof. Tabb taught / presented   R/Bioconductor Proteomics Workshop In-person multi-institutional training workshop in 2016.
  • Prof. Sampson co-ordinated and taught the Mycobacteriology module for the BSc Hons Course.
  • Prof. Warren taught the Practical training course on DNA fingerprinting: BSc Honours Practical Course 2016 Cape Town, (six days).
  • Dr. Streicher and Mrs van Aarde taught a 3 Month training in DNA fingerprinting, Spoligotyping, DNA extraction and MIRU Typing – Abraham Tesfaye (Ethiopia). August to Oct 2016.
  • Dr. Dippenaar trained Melissa Dalcina Chengalroyen, WGS analysis, University of Witwatersrand 25 - 29 July 2016.
  • SU-IRG Presented and demonstrated the FACSCanto II at the Open day at the BD-CAF Flow Cytometry Centre, 09 March 2016.
  • SU-IRG offered 2-day training to two students from Industry (Synexa), 1-2 June 2016.
  • SU-IRG offered 4-day training to two students from UKZN, 2-5 August 2016.
  • SU-IRG organized a 2-day GCP course (presented by CREDE) for all community recruiters, 24-25 August 2016.
  • Ms. Du Plessis visited the Wigneshweraraj lab at Imperial College, London for 3 months in 2016
Training courses attended by staff and students
  • Prof. Digby Warner and Michael Reiche (PhD student) from the UCT node, visited the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus (USA) from 6-17 June under the auspices of the HHMI Visiting Scientist Program having been selected through a highly competitive process. They were hosted by Dr Teng-Leong Chew and Dr Jesse Aaron at the Advanced Imaging Centre and spent the time at Janelia learning about superresolution 3D PALM imaging and applying this state-of-the-art advanced imaging to mycobacteria.
  • Michael Reiche attended the 1st International Global Bioimaging training courses for Core Facility Staff on “Challenges in Image Data Management and Analysis” as well as “Management and Operation of Imaging Core Facilities” from 13-18 November 2016 at the European Molecular Biology Laboratories, Heidelberg (Germany).
  • Mr. Sibusiso Senzani visited EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland for one month in 2016.
  • Dr. Julian Peters visited Vanderbilt University, USA for ca. 6 weeks in 2016.
  • Dr. Dippenaar attended the Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology course, hosted by McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, 20 – 24 June 2016.
  • Dr. De Vos attended the Advanced TB Diagnostics course, hosted by McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, 20 – 24 June 2016.          
  • Ealand, C. MRC 10th Early Career Scientific Convention, SAMRC Head Office, Conference Centre, Parow, Cape Town, 19 – 20th October 2016.
  • Papadopoulos, A.O. MRC Research and Capacity Development Presentation Skills Workshop, Indaba Hotel and Spa, Fourways, Johannesburg, 8 March 2016.
  • Papadopoulos, A.O. MRC Research and Capacity Development Systematic Review Workshop, 4 August 2016.
  • McIvor, A. MRC Research and Capacity Development Presentation Skills Workshop, Indaba Hotel and Spa, Fourways, Johannesburg, 8 March 2016.
  • McIvor, A. Workshop: MRC Systematic Review Workshop, 4 August 2016.
  • Senzani, S. Workshop: MRC Research and Capacity Development Presentation Skills Workshop, Indaba Hotel and Spa, Fourways, Johannesburg, 8 March 2016.
  • Narrandes, N. Workshop: MRC Research and Capacity Development Presentation Skills Workshop, Indaba Hotel and Spa, Fourways, Johannesburg, 8 March 2016.
  • Narrandes, N. Workshop: MRC Research and Capacity Development/Cochrane Institute Systematic Reviews Workshop, 4 August 2016.
  • Ealand, C. Faculty of Health Sciences Emergent Researchers Writing Retreat, University of the Witwatersrand, The Philip V Tobias Health Sciences Building, 5, 12 and 19th May 2016.
  • Maphatsoe, M. Faculty of Health Sciences MSc and PhD writing retreat, University of the Witwatersrand, The Philip V Tobias Health Sciences Building, 7- 10 November 2016.
  • Chengalroyen, M. Retreat: Faculty of Health Sciences Postdoctoral writing retreat, University of the Witwatersrand, The Philip V Tobias Health Sciences Building, 16-18 August 2016.
  • Chengalroyen, M. Retreat: Faculty of Science writing retreat, University of the Witwatersrand, APES museum, 22-25 November 2016.
  • Narrandes, N. Retreat: Faculty of Health Sciences MSc and PhD writing retreat, University of the Witwatersrand, The Philip V Tobias Health Sciences Building, 1-2 August, 4-5 August 2016.
  • Narrandes, N. Retreat: Faculty of Health Sciences MSc and PhD writing retreat, University of the Witwatersrand, The Philip V Tobias Health Sciences Building, 1-4 November 2016.
  • Roos EO attended Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology 2016.
  • Kleynhans L attended NIH/ICSSC Study Design and Statistics Training 2016.
  • Kleynhans L attended Good Clinical Practice and Informed Consent Training (GCP)2 016.
  • N du Plessis attended Project Management 2016.
  • Whitfield MG attended GCP Basic Course 2016.
  • Sylvester TT attended Writing a Literature Review 2016.
  • Jackson J, attended GCLP 2016.
  • Palmer Z attended Good Clinical Laboratory Practice 2016.
  • M. Williams  and J Arries attended Proteomics Data Analysis in R Workshop 2016.
  • J Arries attended Proteomics Data Analysis in R Workshop 2016.
  • Palmer Z attended Good Clinical Practice 2016.
  • Palmer Z attended Biobanking 2016.
  • Palmer Z attended Introduction  to Research Ethics 2016.
  • Haylett W attended Bioinformatics analysis and annotation of variants in NGS data 2016.
  • Haylett W attended Proteomic data analysis in R 2016.
  • Borrageiro G attended Whole transcriptome data analysis 2016.
  • Warren RM attended Senior Management Training 2016.
  • Tshivhula H, Ronacher K, Kleynhans L, Prins N, and Shabangu A attended Good Clinical Practice and Informed Consent Training 2016.
  • Naidoo CC attended Approaches to Microbiome Data Analysis Course 2016.
  • Venter R attended Short course on R 2016.
  • Naidoo CC attended Good Clinical Laboratory Practice Training 2016.
  • Reeve B attended Good Clinical Laboratory Practice 2016.
  • Tshivhula H, Klazen J and Sechaba M attended Article Writing 2016.
  • Reeve B attended Nucleic Acid Preparation, QC and Library building for Next Generation Sequencing 2016.
  • Kitchin N attended Project Management for the Research Team 2016.
  • Kitchin N attended Biobanking workshop 2016.
  • Venter R attended Fire Marshall Training 2016.
  • Reeve B attended First Aid level 1 2016.
  • Kitchin N attended Nucleic Acid Preparation, QC and Library building for Next Generation Sequencing 2016.
  • Kitchin N attended SHE Representative Basics 2016.
  • Kitchin N attended Good Clinical Practice 2016.
  • Tshivhula H, Prins N, May T, Selamolela M and Zvinairo K attended Good Clinical Practice: Beginner's Course 2016.
  • Kitchin N attended Good Clinical Laboratory Practice 2016.
  • Derendinger B attended GCLP 2016.
  • Bardien S, Haylett W, Neethling A, Borrageiro G, Oluwole OG. Sebate B and Stemmet M attended Introduction to Scientific Writing Skills 2016.
  • Derendinger B attended Short course on R 2016.
  • Mujuru TN attended Nucleic Acid Preparation, QC and Library building for Next Generation Sequencing 2016.
  • Mujuru TN attended Research protocol writing workshop 2016.
  • Mujuru TN attended MS Word for large documents 2016.
  • Pule C attended Statistical methods using R 2016.
  • Pule C attended Young Women Leadership Workshop 2016.
  • Pule C attended Systematic Review Workshop 2016.
  • Bibi Sebate attended Introduction to Scientific Writing Skills 2016.
  • Bibi Sebate attended Workshop in Scientific Writing for Thesis and Dissertations 2016.
  • Bibi Sebate attended Harry Crossley Protocol Writing Workshop 2016.
  • Bardien S and Stemmet M attended Biorepository Workshop 2016.
  • Bardien S attended Project management workshop 2016.
  • Stemmet M attended Workshop in scientific writing skills for research proposals 2016.
  • Stemmet M attended Writing a successful NIH research grant 2016.
  • Oluwole OG attended Scientific Writing Skills: The research proposal and ethics application 2016.
  • Oluwole OG attended QC of samples and library preparations of DNA samples for NGS 2016.
  • Oluwole OG attended International Brain Research Organization School in Neuropsychiatric Genomics 2016.
  • Warren RM attended RESeqTB meeting 2016.
  • Eileen Hoal, Marlo Möller, Craig Kinnear, Sihaam Boolay, Brigitte Glanzmann and Janice Theys attended Good Clinical Practise and Informed Consent Training Sponsored by the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Disease, NIAID, NIH (Cape Town, September 2016).
  • Victoria Cole attended the Confocal Microscopy Course presented by the Central Analytical Facility, Stellenbosch University (Spetember 2016).
  • Zama Mahlobo attended Workshop in Scientific Writing Skills for Theses and Dissertations 2016.
  • Zama Mahlobo attended R/Bioconductor Proteomics Workshop In-person multi-institutional training workshop by Tabby DL 2016.
Online Courses
  • Kleynhans L attended NIH Protecting Human Research Participants offered by NIH Web-based training course 2016.
  • Tshivhula H attended NIH Web-based training course 'Protecting Human Research Participants'. offered by https://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php 2016.
Exchange Visits
  • Visser H visited Siouxsie Wiles at University of Auckland in New Zealand in 2016.
  • Neethling A  visited Prof Francois van der Westhuizen, Ms Hayley van Dyk, Mitochondrial lab at North West University in South Africa in 2016.
  • Oluwole OG visited SIREN and Neurogenetics Lab at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria in 2016.
  • Eileen Hoal, Marlo Moller and Craig Kinnear (TB Host Genetics) were visited by: Dr. Brenna Henn, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University, New York, USA   5-30 June 2016. 
  • TB Host Genetics hosted Erwin Schurr, James McGill Professor, Medicine and Human Genetics, McGill University, Montréal, Canada, 1-14 December 2016.
  • Haiko Schurz visited the Departement of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University, New York (November 2016).
  • Carine Soa Emani 2016 - Novartis-CRG Africa Mobility Grant for 6-months, Barcelona Spain
Conferences / Symposia Organised
  • Prof. Mizrahi served as a co-organiser of TB2016, a conference arranged under the auspices of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and held in Durban of 16-17 July, immediately before the AIDS 2016 conference. This conference brought together more than 900 participants representing the areas of basic, clinical, translational and operational and implementation research, with advocates and those involved TB control programmes. This was the first satellite conference of the IAS AIDS conference dedicated to TB, and based on the very positive response, this will become a standard fixture in future IAS conferences. Importantly, TB2016 also served as the fourth South African TB Conference. (http://www.tb2016.org/Conference/About-TB2016).
  • Prof. Mizrahi served on the International Organising Committee of the Institut Pasteur International Network Symposium on Biomarkers, which was held at the Institut Pasteur in Paris in December 2016.
  • Prof. Kana served on the committee for the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Day and Postgraduate Expo 2016.
  • Prof. Walzl hosted the start-up meeting for the EDCTP-funded Screen TB project in April 2016, attended by EU and African delegates.
  • Prof. Walzl and SATVI hosted a GC6 project annual meeting in Cape Town, attended by US, EU and African delegates.

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