Prize for postdoctoral research fellow
Dr Thandeka Moyo, a postdoctoral research fellow from the HIV Virology Section at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), was the winner of the best poster presentation prize at the Biophysics & Structural Biology workshop held from 17th – 24th January in Cape Town. The workshop was aimed at African structural biologists, to provide information on synchrotron-based techniques and the applications of structural biology in vaccine design and industry.
Thandeka’s poster was entitled “Structural characterization of neutralizing antibody lineages from an HIV-infected donor” and focused on CAPRISA donor CAP314. Moyo’s research interests lie in understanding the nature of broadly neutralizing antibodies that target HIV in the context of an HIV vaccine; focusing mainly on structural characterization of antibody-antigen binding. She is mentored by CAPRISA Research Associate, Professor Penny Moore, through the South African Research Chairs Initiative.