Dr. Ramona Hurdayal

Lecturer and Team Leader: Leishmaniasis Research Group, University of Cape Town

I am a Lecturer and team leader of the Leishmaniasis Research Group in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Cape Town, and senior researcher within the Cytokine and Diseases Research Group of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Cape Town component. I graduated with an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of KwaZulu Natal, which focussed on malaria diagnosis. This nurtured my interest in infectious diseases and I then completed a PhD and post-doctorate in immunology, relating to murine models of human leishmaniasis, at the Division of Immunology, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine under the supervision and mentorship of Prof Frank Brombacher. My research team focuses on identifying host determinants of resistance and susceptibility to leishmaniasis in mammalian models, as potential targets for developing host-directed therapies.

My career is/has been supported by the National Research Foundation of South Africa, German Research Foundation (IRTG 1522), the Claude Leon Foundation, the Poliomyelitis Research Foundation and the University of Cape Town.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer and Team Leader: Leishmaniasis Research Group, University of Cape Town

Education

  • 2013 
    University of Cape Town, PhD in Immunology

Honours

Y1-Rated by the National Research Foundation of South Africa, Research Post-doctoral Fellow of the Claude Leon Foundation; IRTG1522 PhD Fellow of the National Research Foundation of South Africa