CAPRISA research fellow earns her PhD and is awarded an NRF postdoctoral fellowship

30 September 2018

Dr Nikita Naicker graduated with her PhD in Medical Biochemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Spring graduation on September 13th, 2018. Her research project focused on the use of herbal therapy as a potential treatment for type two diabetes mellitus. She was awarded a SARChI postdoctoral fellowship from the National Research Foundation (NRF) for a two-year period and will be under the mentorship of Dr Kogie Naidoo, Head of the CAPRISA TB-HIV Treatment research programme and Dr Alex Sigal, African Health Research Institute.

Naicker will use time-lapse microscopy, an innovative approach to better understand the biologic effect of metformin on the host immune response to mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), specifically assessing metformin’s effect on macrophage phago-lysosomal activity and intracellular M.tb growth rates. Naicker said that the study “will help provide new insights into the potential role of metformin in host directed therapy for TB.”