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Virgil-Verhoog

Mr Virgil Verhoog

Technical Officer | Parasitology

I have been working in the division of Clinical Pharmacology for 4 years.
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I was trained in-house in tissue culture techniques. I am responsible for in vitro antiplasmodial and cytotoxicity testing as well as maintenance of various laboratories. I am a technical officer in the H3D team.

H3D offers a good working environment with potential for growth within the division. With the fusion of academic and industry there is a lot of opportunity to learn and interact with people with various levels of expertise.

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Sumaya-Salie

Mrs Sumaya Salie

Technical Officer | Parasitology

I have been working for the University of Cape Town for 20 years.
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I first worked as a departmental assistant in various departments and eventually found my way to the division of Clinical Pharmacology were I still work. I was trained in tissue culture techniques. I am responsible for the daily running of the tissue culture laboratory, in vitroantiplasmodial and cytotoxicity testing as well as maintenance of various laboratories. I am a technical officer in the H3D team.

I am passionate about my work and enjoy tissue culture and all the challenges that goes along with it. We conduct the primary screen for the malaria project. This entails a lot of work and continuously pushes our team to strive for efficiency and excellence in producing data. It is very rewarding to see our data being utilized globally.

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Greg-Basarab

Dr Greg Basarab 

Head of DMPK

I’m excited about the current environment at the H3D with growth happening in all of our core disciplines including Medicinal Chemistry, Biology and DMPK.


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We’re working hard to integrate these disciplines toward accelerating the drug discovery process and providing critical important medicines for diseases that, in my mind, have not received the necessary level of such drug-hunting attention.  The work here at the H3D is quite challenging and the staff very engaged, which are the ingredients for developing something new and different!

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Susan-Winks

Dr Susan Winks

Operations and Research Project Manager

Dr Susan Winks completed her PhD in synthetic organic chemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2009.
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Keen to apply her new-found expertise she joined iThemba Pharmaceuticals, a start-up biotechnology company doing drug discovery for neglected diseases. Susan joined iThemba as a Research Scientist doing medicinal chemistry for malaria and tuberculosis drug discovery projects. During this first year of work experience Susan realised that the correct business environment is essential in order to be effective as a scientist. In 2011 Susan enrolled for a part-time Masters in Business Administration (MBA) through the Management College of Southern Africa. Within 6 months of starting to apply business principals to her daily work Susan was promoted to Principal Scientist and started to manage her own team of chemists. In 2013 Susan completed her Masters dissertation entitled “An Evaluation of Sustainable Business Models in the Biotechnology Industry -a Case Study of iThemba Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd”. This topic was particularly relevant at the time as the sustainability of iThemba Pharmaceuticals was a serious concern. Mid 2013 Susan left iThemba to join the H3D drug discovery and development centre as a Research Office. Initially she joined the team of medicinal chemists working on tuberculosis projects, however, as her interest and involvement in the business environment grew she spent less time in the laboratory and from 2014 her role at H3D shifted focus towards operations. In February 2016 she was officially appointed to the role of Operations and Research Project Manager at H3D.

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