MBHG Scientist awarded coveted L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science grant

Congratulations Dr Charissa Naidoo

Dr Charissa Naidoo, a postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, is one of six South African researchers who were recently awarded a grant from the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African National Young Talents Programme.

Created in 1998 and led by the Fondation L’Oréal in partnership with UNESCO, the For Women in Science programme aims to improve the representation of women in scientific careers, strong in the conviction that the world needs science, and science needs women.

Dr. Naidoo’s research, as part of the Clinical Mycobacteriology and Epidemiology (CLIME) Group within the MBHG Division, shows how – even before antibiotic treatment – patients with TB have a unique gut microbiome: this could lead to innovative diagnosis tools and more accessible treatments.

Read the full story of her award here.