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Medical Scientist at National Institute for Communicable Diseases

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Nick Name
R/ Frankie

What is your current job and where do you work?
R/ Medical Scientist at National Institute for Communicable Diseases

Explain your current research/work (in simple English)
R/ Genomic epidemiology of common causes of pneumonia and meningitis using advanced molecular diagnostics

Describe a typical day at work/research
R/ Application of molecular techniques in the study and surveillance of bacterial causes of pneumonia and meningitis


What is your favourite hobby?
R/ Reading

What is your favourite food?
R/ Baked chicken pasta

What was your favourite subject at school and why?
R/ Biology and Chemistry, they were easy to understand

Who is your role model?
R/ Second to my mother, it is Prof Mamokgethi Sethati

What were/are your parents or caregivers professions?
R/ My mom a Teacher and my father a migrant labourer

Career Path

Primary School: Name, Suburb/Township, City, Country
R/ Mofumahali oa Rosari, Taung, Mohale'so Hoek, Lesotho

High School
R/ St Stephens High school, Mohale'so Hoek, Lesotho

Tertiary education
R/ University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Previous jobs
R/ Current job

How confident are you in your public engagement skills (2-way communication with the general public)
R/ Confident

How often do you take part in public engagement activities
R/ Often (3 times or less per year)

What attracted you to signing up on mGenAfrica (tick all that apply)
R/ Online communications, Time (at least one hour per year) and Other