I completed my Ph.D in Pharmaceutics in 2017 under the guidance of Dr C. Gouws, Dr K. Wrzesinksi and Prof S.Hamman. My thesis focused on the establishment of three-dimensional cell culture models for drug bio-transformation and toxicity studies. I was awarded the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Innovation doctoral scholarship and travel award in 2016 and 2017. With this award I was able to spend six months at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Odense, Denmark, learning the art of three-dimensional spheroid culturing.
Since 2014 I have published five first author publications in international peer-reviewed journals. In 2014 I presented at the Young Scientist award of the 35th conference of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of South Africa. I have also acted as reviewer for the journal Current Pharmacology Reports, and hold membership to the South African Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Currently I am employed in the faculty of Health Sciences at the NWU as a post-doctoral research fellow, focusing on the development of three-dimensional cell culture models and platforms for cancer research, bio-transformation and toxicity screening of pre-clinical lead compounds or traditional herbal medicine.