Meet Adam van Niekerk, biomedical engineer, PhD student and the inventor of a device that corrects for accidental motion during MRI scans.
Growing up in the DRC, Lutete Khonde had no idea that a decade later he would find himself in Cape Town, dedicating his PhD research to finding new ways of making ergothioneine.
Ergothioneine was first discovered a century ago when it was extracted in 1909 from a fungus known as ergot. It has only been in the last few decades, however, that scientists have become interested in the use of this amino acid within the human body.
Professor Kevin Naidoo’s research takes place at the intersection of biology, chemistry, statistics and mathematics. At UCT’s Scientific Computing Research Unit, where he is Director, he uses informatics and computer modelling techniques to interrogate data and simulate complex molecular processes in disease. At present this includes his work on identifying cancer sub-types and isolating the key molecular signatures of different kinds of tumours. Or, in his own words, his work is all about the three C’s - computing, carbohydrates, and cancer.
Dr Revel Iyer, from Research Contracts and Innovation, recently took part in the annual Newton Fund video competition run by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The competition was limited to Leaders in Innovation Fellows and required Fellows to highlight how they have demonstrated leadership in engineering in the developing world. A requirement for the video was that it should not exceed 90 seconds.