Dr Duduzile Ndwandwe holds an MSc in Microbial Genetics and a PhD in Molecular Mycobacteriology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She joined the team at Cochrane South Africa to work on the Clinical Trials Registry projects which include the Pan African Clinical Trials Database (PACTR) and South African Clinical Trials Registry (SANCTR). Through these projects, Dr Ndwandwe engages with strategic stakeholders nationally and regionally as key promoters of transparency of evidence generated in the conduct of clinical trials. Dr Ndwandwe works on various vaccine implementation projects and through her work on the vaccine project, she has published eight documents on this topic and received a prestigious National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka grant on the NRF-rated track to advance vaccine implementation research.
She has worked on various HIV-prevention clinical trials projects. Her expertise in basic science and clinical trial implementation along with her work on vaccine implementation research makes her a well-rounded researcher with skills from basic science to clinical trials and implementation of health intervention. Recently, she was awarded a scholarship from the Research Capacity Development (RCD) Unit of the SAMRC to undertake an International Masters in Vaccinology with University of Lausanne.
Apart from the scholarship she received from RCD Unit, she has been a recipient of several fellowships and awards. Dr Ndwandwe’s has presented her work at several local and international conferences. Another aspect of her work is to impart her knowledge to young researchers. Currently, she is supervising two masters and one PhD student.