SA Women scientists honoured on global stage at L’Oréal-UNESCO programme

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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

 

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