Madibeng Centre for Research


Celebrating Excellence: Dr Bongai Khathide's Achievement in Leadership Development

Date: 05/02/2024

Author: Madibeng Centre for Research (MCR)

The Madibeng Centre for Research (MCR) is brimming with pride and joy as we extend our most heartfelt congratulations to Dr Bongai Khathide for being accepted as a fellow in the prestigious International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) Leadership Development Program (LDP), Cohort 3.

Dr Khathide’s dedication to advancing scientific research, particularly in the field of HIV/AIDS, has been exemplary. Her journey with MCR began with a significant role as a study coordinator, where she demonstrated her commitment to the global health cause. Her academic achievements are notable, with a degree in Pharmacy from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), an MSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from North-West University (NWU), and a recent PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Pretoria.

In 2021, Dr Khathide took a commendable leap into the clinical research field, contributing substantially to HIV treatment, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, and the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Her special interest in HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) research is not only a testament to her scientific acumen but also to her passion for making a difference in the world.

The IAVI LDP, supported by PEPFAR through USAID, provides a year-long opportunity for early and mid-career scientists to hone their skills. It’s an initiative that aligns with MCR’s mission to cultivate leaders who will propel scientific innovation. The program’s emphasis on technical and soft skill development, mentorship, and grantsmanship will undoubtedly complement Dr Khathide’s expertise.

Dr Khathide’s aspiration to develop her publication skills and become an independent clinical researcher/investigator is a journey MCR supports wholeheartedly. We believe that her involvement in the IAVI LDP will be instrumental in her growth and will further her impact on HIV vaccine research and development in Africa and India.

Once again, congratulations to Dr Bongai Khathide on this remarkable achievement. Your MCR family is cheering you on as you embark on this new chapter of your professional development. We look forward to the groundbreaking work you will accomplish and the inspiring leadership you will provide in the scientific community.

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With warm regards