Five South African women are among 14 African scientists who were honoured on a global stage at the eighth edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa ceremony in Johannesburg.
The programme launched in 2010 and recognises female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa for their work and impact in the scientific field across different disciplines which address key global issues.
The recipients of the Post-Doctoral regional fellowships of 10 000 Euros each are:
1. Charlette Tiloke, South Africa – Durban University of Technology
Title of Project: Anticancer and antimicrobial activity of Moringa oleifera, and Sutherlandia frutescens and their nanoparticles.
2. Kenda Knowles, South Africa – University of Kwazulu-Natal
Title of Project: Statistical study of diffuse radio emission in ACT galaxy clusters with MeerKAT
The recipients of the Doctoral fellowships of 5 000 Euros each are:
1. Oluwademilade Fayemiwo, Nigeria – University of Johannesburg
Title of Project: Novel tannin-based adsorbents from green tea for the removal of organic pollutants in oilfield produced water
2. Priscah Omoke, Kenya – Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science And Technology
Title of Project: Characterization of similarity orbits of invariant subspaces of norm-attainable operators
3. Olawumi Sadare, Nigeria – University of the Witwatersrand
Title of Project: Development and Evaluation of Adsorption coupling Bio-desulphurization (AD/BDS) process for the desulphurization of South African Petroleum Distillates.
4. Juliana Mandha, Uganda – Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology
Title of Project: Value addition in the fruit processing chain to increase the nutritional value and to enhance the small holder farmers’ income in Uganda
5. Carol Mahachi, Zimbabwe – Stellenbosch University
Title of Project: Inflammation Markers Associated with Kidney Disease in HIV positive patients
6. Godiraone Nkoni, Botswana – University of Botswana
Title of Project: variability in lower stratospheric ozone concentration over the Kalahari transect as a precursor for climate change assessment
7. Verena Gounden, South Africa – University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
Title of Project: Effect of environmental endocrine disruptor Bisphenol A BPA on epigenetic regulation of steroid hormone metabolism and influence on associated levels of hormones among mother and child pairs
8. Cynthia Tamandjou, Cameroon – Stellenbosch University
Title of Project: Hepatitis B virus mother-to-Child-transmission in Namibia: transmission dynamics and possibilities for elimination
9. Therina Du Toit, South Africa – Stellenbosch University
Title of Project: The profiling of C11-oxy steroids by UPC2-MS/MS quantification in clinical conditions characterized by androgen excess and in steroid abuse.
10. Lethiwe Mthembu, South Africa – Durban University of Technology
Title of Project: Ionic liquid optimization and synthesis of levulinic acid and levulinic acid derivatives from sugarcane bagasse
11. Maléki Assih, Togo – Université Ouaga I Pr Joseph Ki-Zerbo
Title of Project: Immunity in viral hepatitis B: Evaluation of the cytokine profile and immunoglobulins in vaccinated individuals and carriers of HBsAg in Burkina Faso
12. Augustina Frimpong, Ghana – University of Ghana
Title of Project: Analysis of T cell receptor diversity in paediatric malaria patients