My journey as a young academic researcher has been characterized by several obstacles which I have eventually embraced as life lessons. After High School, I struggled to secure a place in University, as I had obtained low marks. After spending 3 gap years, I was fortunate enough to be accepted to study a BSc in Medical Science at the University of Pretoria, and this was the birth of my career as a researcher. Since then, I have managed to obtain 3 degrees (all with distinction) and have received numerous accolades both within South Africa and internationally.
I am a Doctoral candidate in the field of Pharmacology at the University of Pretoria. In my specific area of research, we aim to develop laboratory breast cancer models that mimic the characteristics of the disease in the human body. This then provides a platform for the evaluation of the effectiveness of new drugs before testing is done in the human body. This ultimately results in the discovery of effective drugs against breast cancer, a disease associated with high rates of relapse and treatment failure.
I am always looking forward to inspiring fellow and upcoming academics in research through sharing my experiences as a young researcher. I am also passionate about mentoring young students and encouraging them to be the best version of themselves, despite the obstacles they encounter in this journey called life.