Molecular Mycobacteriology

The Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit, based at the University of Cape Town (within the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine), studies the bacteria which causes Tuberculosis (TB) - Mycobacterium tuberculosis - with the aim of developing methods to control the illness.

TB is a leading cause of death globally and the high rate of TB-HIV co-infection is a major driver of the epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa, half a million people develop TB annually. The country also makes up 30% of the world’s cases of diagnosed HIV-associated TB.

Key focus areas

  • Investigating the characteristics of the bacteria to inform strategies for drug development and drug resistance, as well as TB persistence and transmission; and
  • Taking part in TB drug discovery research partnerships.

Unit Director: Prof Valerie Mizrahi
Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine
Wolfson Pavilion, Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town
Tel office: (021) 406 6738
Email: valerie.mizrahi@uct.ac.za
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For more information, visit the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine website