A laudable achievement for former CAPRISA

30 September 2018

We congratulate the recent medical graduate who has been doing research at CAPRISA since his first year at medical school, Dr Kumeren Govender. 

He earned two degrees this year; he graduated with the MBChB degree (cum laude) in April and in September obtained his master’s degree in Health Science on a special dual-track degree program at UKZN.

Twenty-five-year-old Govender will pursue his PhD at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Under the mentorship of Prof Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim and Dr Nesri Padayatchi he developed a keen interest in clinical research during his research placement at CAPRISA as a medical student. Govender has an interest in artificial intelligence, big data and genetics and hopes to pioneer innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to address the burden of diseases and improve the lives of people, particularly in developing countries.