I am Y2 rated NRF researcher with a PhD in Veterinary Tropical Diseases. I held a Researcher position at the ARC-OVI, at the Transboundary Animal Disease Programme, from January 2012 to July 2015. This position was within the Foot-and-mouth disease research team, where my research entailed the use of reverse genetics technologies to design and develop improved vaccines. During that time, I was also actively involved in a collaborative project with researchers at the CSIR, where we looked at the development of a pen-side diagnostic strategy for controlling Foot and Mouth Disease virus within the control zones of the SADC member states. Preliminary research data on this work was presented at the open session of the European commission for the control of Foot and Mouth Disease, which was held in Croatia in 2014.
Recently (July 2015- current), I joined the PVVD research programme and have been involved in the molecular diagnostics of Theileriosis as well as in projects involving the development and validation of improved molecular and serological diagnostic assays for veterinary parasitology.