Prof Koleka Mlisana has been appointed to replace Prof Salim Abdool Karim as co-chair of the ministerial advisory committee (MAC) on Covid-19 after his one-year time length came to an quit this week.
In an announcement, Abdool Karim mentioned he used to be stepping down to give attention to his reasonably lots of tutorial work.
“Because the 365 days anniversary of my time length nears, the time has approach for me to return to my HIV learn and tutorial commitments,” he mentioned.
“I’m therefore stepping down from the MAC on Covid-19 (and consequently from the MAC on vaccines as properly), having served for a year, with my closing day being March 23 2021.”
Listed here are four things to know about Mlisana:
Already a MAC member
Mlisana used to be already a member of the MAC as chair of the pathology/laboratory sub-committee.
She serves as a member of the ministerial advisory committee on antimicrobial resistance.
She also holds the teach of executive supervisor of tutorial affairs, learn and quality assurance at the national properly being laboratory provider since July 2018.
Mlisana holds an MBChB, MMedPath (Micro) and a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Her earlier contributions consist of being a co-investigator and mission director of the Centre for the Aids Program of Overview in SAat the eThekwini jam and head of HIV pathogenesis and vaccine learn programme.
Trip in diseases
Mlisana has undertaken seminal learn which has revealed how the body responds in the path of acute HIV infection.
Her fresh learn pursuits consist of TB diagnostics, drug resistance and sexually transmitted infections.
She has co-authored extra than 130 peek-reviewed journal articles.
Mentoring young scientists
Mlisana served as a member of the board of trustees for the SA Nationwide Aids Council and on the Clinical and Dental Board of the Health Professions Council of SA.
In accordance to the properly being ministry, she nurtured and mentored many young scientists and is passionate about equipping the next generation of leaders in science.
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