Ms Takalani Raphala

Research Scientist | Malaria Biology

I completed my Bsc in Biochemistry in 2017 at the University of Venda. I then completed my Bsc(Honours) in Biochemistry in 2019 from the University of South Africa.

In 2019 I did my DST/NRF (Department of Science and Technology/ National Research Foundation) internship, and the host institution was University of Western Cape in the Molecular Sciences and Biochemistry Laboratory, and also the Yeast Laboratory. In 2020 I then moved to the University of Cape Town for my Masters, Master of Science in Medicine Specialization Medical Biochemistry (MSc (Med) Medical Biochemistry), focusing on Investigation the anti-inflammatory effects of plant-derived compounds on (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) MTB-infected macrophages. Involving Cell culture, MTT and ELISA assays. I also co-supervised an honours student as some of my responsibilities in the laboratory on her Medical Biochemistry and Structural Biology Honours Research Project. I recently joined H3D, the parasitology team as a Research Scientist in Malaria Biology. Having training in cell culture techniques. I will be working on the antiplasmodial screening and cytotox platforms. That is ,responsible for in vitro antiplasmodial and cytotoxicity testing