Immunology Research Group
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​Stellenbosch University Immunology Research Group​

​Dr Novel Chegou

Dr Novel Chegou was trained as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea in Cameroon.  He then moved to South Africa and has been working in the Stellenbosch University Immunology Research Group (IRG) since 2005. Here he completed his Hons. BSc degree, MSc which were upgraded to Ph.D, and Postdoctoral studies.

Novel is interested in diagnostics and specifically the development of simple field-friendly point-of-care diagnostic tests which would be useful for the rapid diagnosis of Mtb disease in resource-constrained settings. He also works with Prof. Walzl on other biomarker research efforts currently ongoing in the group, especially investigations on biomarkers for TB treatment response.

Novel won several academic excellence awards in the course of his studies, one of them being the "South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SASBMB)" award as the "best Honours student in South Africa" in the 2005 academic year. He has contributed to five patents on diagnostic bio-signatures for TB, and currently serves as a reviewer for several journals. He is an NRF rated scientist.​

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