Research Scientist of Infectious Diseases, Durban, South Africa
I have studied pharmaceutical sciences and graduated with first class honors. During my Master degree I focussed on bacterial drug resistance among clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. I have completed my doctoral research work at the Veterinary Diagnostic laboratory, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, USA working on surveillance and diagnosis of avian influenza involving virus isolation and molecular techniques of PCR. I was awarded a governmental postdoctoral scholarship where I joined Institute of Bioscience, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia where I worked with teams of influenza and Newcastle diseases viruses involving vaccine development. In addition, I have worked on discovery of new nanoantimicrobial agents used advances of nanotechnology with research groups at Institute of Bioscience and at University of Northeastern, Boston, USA. I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Academy of Medical Sciences in London UK where I joined the laboratory of Cell and Molecular biology, Postgraduate Medical Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, UK where I studied the applications of qPCR in the detection and diagnosis of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. I worked as assistant professor of Publich Health and tropical medicine, KSA where I conducted research on awareness and attitudes on the use of antibiotics in community. I am a diagnostic virologist and microbiologist with subject matter expertise in virus isolation, surveillance, diagnosis as well as antimicrobial resistance including antiviral resistance, antimicrobial nanotechnology and nanoantibiotics, and viral vaccines.