Ms Khanyisile Kgoadi

Ms Khanyisile Kgoadi is a final year PhD (Clinical Science and Immunology) student in the Division of Immunology, Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town. Her current research project is investigating the role of antigen presenting cells and T cells in central nervous system tuberculosis (CNS-TB). This research is led by Prof Muazzam Jacobs (PI) and is aimed at elucidating mechanisms of host pathogen relationship that will form basis for strategic therapeutic intervention in CNS-TB. She previously trained as a Biochemist and conducted research on HIV/AIDS and HAART metabolic complications. This work was aimed at discovering potential biomarkers that would assist in HIV/AIDS disease management and it was published in a peer-reviewed international journal. After she embarks on postdoctoral training, she plans to become a principal investigator in her future HIV-TB Coinfection lab that will focus on diagnostic, vaccine and therapeutics research for this dual epidemic in Africa.