Welcome to the Division of Chemical & Systems Biology

Blackburn People

  • Staff

    Dr Nelson A Da Cruz Soares - Junior Research Fellow
    Tel: 27214046797 -
    Dr. Nelson Alexandre da Cruz Soares has received his PhD from New University of Lisbon-Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica (ITQB) for Plant Biochemistry in 2008. He has lived and study/worked in five different countries. Currently, he is working as Junior Research Fellowin our division.
    Research interests: Proteomics; Phosphoprotemics; Bacterial Proteomics; Mass Spectrometry. He is currently mainly interest in employing high resolution mass spectrometry based proteomics techniques to identify underlying molecular mechanisms underpinning bacterial environmental adaptation, stress response, antidrug resistance, virulence and persistence
    Dr Andrew Nel - Chief Scientific Officer
    Emails only -
    Mrs Nazla Hassen - Snr Secretary
    Tel: 27216501595 -
    Nazla first joined UCT in October 1989 working for Geological Sciences and later AEON on upper campus.  In 2012 she semi-retired, but has now (since 2015) joined the Blackburn Group on medical campus.

    Dr Bridget Calder - Scientific Officer


  • Students - MSc

    ALBELDAS Claudia
    Research Project Title: Proteome wide changes in developing neurons when exposed to therapeutic doses of anti-retroviral treatment
     BARNABE Marine
    Research Project Title : Effects of Omega 3 fatty acids on the proteome of TB-IRIS patient-derived monocytes

    KHUMUNALA Phumudzo
    Research Project Title: The mucosal microbiome of HIV-exposed uninfected infants in Africa

    SCHELL Darien
    Research Project Title:  Definition of Mycobacterial Phosphatases Network in Infected Macrophages
    WALDRON Elizabeth
    Research Project Title: Lipidomic analysis of urine from TB patients
  • Students - PhD

    AMOS-BROWN Bianca
    Research Project Title:  Towards a Point of Care Tuberculosis Diagnostic: Using Putative M.Tuberculosis Biomarkers and Aptamers
    Research project Title: xxxxxxxxx /
    GANIEF Naadir
    Research Project Title:  Response of M. Bovis to sub-mic concentrations of Bedaquiline
    GARNETT Shaun
    Research Project Title:  Generating a Proteomics Profile of Neurogenesis
    GIDDEY Alexander
    Research Project Title: Differential Lipidomic and Proteomic Expression in Mycobacterium tuberculosis induced by Drug Resistance Status and Sub-lethal Drug Challenge.
    MLAMLA Zandile
    Research Project Title:   Lipidomic analysis of structural differences in lipid profile of M. tuberculosis genotypes, drug resistant M. tuberculosis strains as well as between the most prevalent clinically relevant mycobacterial species
    MURUGAN Brandon
    Research Project Title:   Proteomic Investigation of Blood-based Biomarkers for the Diagnosis of HIV-associated Neurocognitive Disorders
    NAKEDI Kehilwe
    Research Project Title:   Comprehensive definition of Ser/Thr/Tyr phosphorylation networks in Mycobacterium tuberculosis-Infected macrophages: Towards an understanding of the re-programming of normal macrophage function by 4 Mtb
    PEYPER Janique
    Research Project Title:   Differential Proteomic Profiling Towards Elucidation of TB-IRIS Molecular Pathogenesis
    SMITH Muneerah
    Research Project Title:   Using An Immunoproteomic Approach to Identify Diagnostic and Prognostic Markers of CRC


  • Students - Post Docs

    FORTUIN Suereta
    Research Project Title:   Mucosal Microbiome and vaccine response in HIV-exposed African infants
    HENDRICKS Nicolette
    Research Project Title:    Development of a hand-held, Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) biosensor for direct identification and quantitation of mycobacterium terbuculosis (Myc-TB) biomarkers and pathogens in complex biological samples at point of care.
    HERMANN Benedikt Clemens
    Research Project Title:   Identification of protective antibodies and their antigenic targets in Tuberculosis
    LESHERN Karamchand
    Research Project Title:   Development of a prototype surface enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy-based diagnostic test for tuberculosis disease

    KHUMALO Fezile
    Research Project Title: Point of Care TB Diagnostics


  • Interns / Visitors

    KHAN Azraa (04/04/2017 - 31/03/2018)
    Research Project Title:
    Quantitation of the signal pathways in mycobacteria that are mediated by PknG in the presence of low (sub-lethal) concentrations of front line antibiotic namely Rifampicin.


  • X-Students / Staff

    Sriram Krishnan - left UCT 31 August 2016
    Project Manager -

    BANERJEE Mousumi - left UCT March 2016
    Research Project Title:   (1)
      Purification and characterization of Pyrococcus yayanosii and Pyrococcus abysii amidases.  (2) To develop a phenotypic profile of aerosolized Mycobacterium tuberculosis -

    MELISEW Tadele - left UCT May 2016
    Research Project Title:
       Development of prototype surface enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy – based diagnostic test for tuberculosis disease -

    GANIEF Tariq -  left Dec 2015
    - flew out to Germany in January 2016 to start a post-doc in neuro-proteomics and signaling.  We wish him well and all the success in his endevour.

    CALDER Bridget
    Research Project Title:   Validation of urinary TB biomarkers by targeted proteomics