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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Gumede’s research interests are in understanding the mechanisms that drive chronic inflammation and fibrosis, including skin, lung and cardiac fibrosis, using stem cell-derived models.
Naidoo’s research interest is in applying precision medicine technologies to improved health outcomes in South Africa using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), deep learning, high content screening (HCS) and 3D tissue culture.