Dr Nicole Cardoso

Investigator | TB Biology

Nicole is a molecular/micro- biologist with several years of experience in mycobacterial research.

She obtained her PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2018, under the supervision of Professor Bavesh Kana, at the Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research (CBTBR). Her research focused on the electron transport chain to identify novel drug targets and specifically investigate the role of the cytochrome bd oxidase in adaptation to stress, growth and survival of mycobacteria. During her PhD, Nicole spent time in Singapore at the Nanyang Technological University with Professor Kevin Pethe, to further develop her skills and learn new methodology related to the electron transport chain/respiration in mycobacteria. She remained at the CBTBR for a Postdoctoral Fellowship and continued her research on respiration and nitrogen metabolism. She has lectured Honour's students and been involved in the training of postgraduate students. She has presented her work at numerous local and international conferences.


Dr Cardoso joined the H3D TB Biology team as a Senior Research Scientist in March 2020. She is involved in the different TB drug discovery screening projects and determining the mechanism of action of promising compounds.