To meet its mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans, the CSIR relies on its most important asset, its people. The CSIR’s multidisciplinary nature positions the organisation to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. This multidisciplinary science, engineering and technology base is made up of individuals who are highly specialised in their respective fields. They are geneticists, virologists, software developers, polymer chemists, applied mathematicians and industrial engineers, just to name a few.
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Panayides’ research interests lie in medicinal chemistry and the application of high throughput screening of natural product extracts and synthetic compounds to focus lead discovery efforts.
Kwezi’s main research interests are in the combined fields of applied biochemistry and enzymology, structural biology and in recombinant production of enzymes for industrial applications, including reagent enzymes for use as molecular biology tools. Kwezi’s research interests also include the production of vaccines, antibodies and biosimilars through the use of plant-based expression systems.