Dr Melinda Suchard

Dr Melinda Suchard obtained her MBBCh degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2000 after which she obtained her MMED and FCPath qualifications in clinical pathology. Since 2013 she heads the Centre for Vaccines and Immunology at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases with a joint appointment to Chemical Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Suchard’s prior experience includes running a diagnostic laboratory for renal transplantation.

Dr Suchard is president of the South African Immunology Society since 2018. She is also a member of the National Advisory Group on Immunization, the Immunology Expert Committee of the National Health Laboratory Service and the National Polio Expert Committee. The focus of her research is immune tolerance, particularly related to infectious diseases such as HIV and Tuberculosis. Her research group is investigating host biomarkers for Tuberculosis with particular focus on the enzyme indoleamine 2,3 dioxygenase.