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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Le Maitre investigates the impacts of ecosystem change on socioeconomic benefits, focusing especially on invasive alien plant species ecology and impacts, landscape hydrology and wildfire risks in the context of climate change.
Govindaraj’s research interests lie in establishing high-performance synthetic biology platform, generating systems/synthetic biology approaches for novel metabolic biosystems and establishing a drug sensitivity screening platform for cancer precision medicine for South Africa.
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.