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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Hurrell’s research interest is in the development of advanced cellular models, which can provide actionable advice for drug research pipelines and improve clinical healthcare outcomes.
Lemmer’s research interests lie in the development of an actively targeted nano-based therapeutic for poverty-related diseases and the development of a point-of-care tuberculosis diagnostic tool.
Phiri’s interests are in laboratory accreditation, which ensures that standards are maintained and that results are reliable in support of clinical and public health activities and certify compliance with standards.