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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Contu’s research interest lies in understanding the mechanisms behind genetic diseases, which ultimately leads to the development of novel gene therapeutics.
Dr O’Kennedy’s research focus is on plant-produced nanoparticle (virus-like particles) based vaccines for animal and human health, using tobacco (Nicotiana benthamiana) as expression platform.
Naicker’s research interest include the development of point-of-care diagnostic and vaccine-matching tests for livestock diseases, as well as the development of high-throughput screening and automatable tools for accelerating proteomics research.
Goolab’s area of interest is innovative therapeutics in gene therapy aimed at preventing diseases and establishing disease models designed to improve human health.