Animal TB
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Animal TB


Postdoctoral Fellow

Tanya Kerr 
studied Conservation Ecology and worked at Shamwari Game Reserve before doing her PhD at Stellenbosch University. Her research focused on the molecular epidemiology and the evolution of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) in African lions and leopards in the Kruger National Park. She joined the Animal TB Group in 2017 is investigating TB/FIV co-infection in African felids.


Wynand Johan Goosen was a “founding" member of the Animal TB Research Group when it was started in 2014. He upgraded from his MSc to a PhD, which he completed in 2016. His research focus has been immune responses of buffalo and cattle to M. bovis. Since graduating, Wynand joined an internationally known TB research group based at Groote Schuur Hospital, UCT under the mentorship of Prof Keertan Dheda. During his time at UCT, Wynand has learned a lot about designing and developing innovative and new diagnostic molecular tools for the diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis. He spearheaded various therapeutic intervention projects surrounding the treatment of XDR-TB infected patients and co-designed devices able to measure the infectiousness of these patients in the community. Wynand rejoined the Animal TB-Group in 2018 as a postdoctoral research fellow with a focus on TB-related projects in rhinoceros and elephants.

PhD Students

Netanya Bernitz did her MSc at the University of Cape Town working on HIV-1 subtype C transmission. She then worked as a Molecular Biology Product Specialist before beginning her PhD in the Animal TB group. Her project aims to characterize the in vitro cell-mediated immune response of cattle and buffaloes in order to discover novel approaches to the diagnosis of Mycobacterium bovis infection. Orcid: 0000-0003-1199-7005.



Eduard Roos did his undergraduate and BSc (Hons) studies in zoology. After starting his research as an MSc he has upgraded to a PhD Molecular Biology. This project focuses on the development of novel diagnostic techniques for the detection of Mycobacterium bovis in warthogs as well as the epidemiology of TB in this species. Eduard is an officer on the Tygerberg Postgraduate Student Council.  Orcid: 0000-0002-3679-4995



Josephine-Chileshe.jpgJosephine Chileshe did her MSc in Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria. She then worked as a lab manager at a diagnostic veterinary laboratory in Zambia before starting her PhD in the Animal TB group. Her project aims to identify biomarkers and develop diagnostic tests for Mycobacterium bovis infection in African rhinoceros.  

MSc Students

Candice-de-Waal.jpgCandice de Waal majored in Biochemistry and Genetics for her BSc at Stellenbosch University. She then completerd her BSc honors with the Animal TB group, where she started work on developing a real time PCR assay to genotype species of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. Her Masters' research will focus on the identification of novel cytokine biomarkers for tuberculosis detection in African elephants (Loxodonta africana).

Tina Meiring completed her BSc in Human Life Sciences and a honours in genetics at Stellenbosch University. Her honours focused on investigating schizophrenia risk variants for association with antipsychotic treatment response in a South African schizophrenia cohort. For her MSc, she will be investigating selection and tuberculosis genetic susceptibility in the African Wild dog (Lycaon pictus), by doing whole-genome sequencing and conducting population-based genetic analyse

Hons Students

Leere Scott majored in Biochemistry and Microbiology for her BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Stellenbosch University. Her Honours project will focus on characterizing IP-10 (CXCL10) gene expression in stimulated and unstimulated whole blood from cattle.