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Mhlanga Group

MHLANGA, Musa Dr - Position(s) held
Technical Manager, Biomedical Translational Research Initiative (BTRI), Centre of Competence within the IDM & Associate Member, IDM; Honorary Research Associate, Division of Chemical Systems & Synthetic Biology; Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Head, Synthetic Biology Programme & Gene Expression and Biophysics Laboratory, CSIR, Pretoria
Adjunct Faculty Institute for Molecular Medicine, Lisbon Portugal
Visiting Faculty, Harvard University Chan School of Public Health

Main areas of research/expertise
Gene Expression & Biophysics

Musa M. Mhlanga (USA citizen), American-born male cell biologist, holds a PhD in cell biology & molecular genetics from New York University School of Medicine (2003). He began his PhD at the Rockefeller University in the laboratory of David Ho where he worked on spectral genotyping of human alleles. He then went on to work on the development of in vitro and in vivo applications of molecular beacons for their use in visualizing RNA in living cells with Fred Russell Kramer and Sanjay Tyagi at New York University School of Medicine. Upon completion of his doctoral work he was awarded a U.S. National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France to work in the laboratory of nuclear cell biology. There he worked on RNA transport and single molecule visualization and tracking of RNA in living cells.  In late 2008 he moved his lab to South Africa to join  the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research as the Research Leader of the Synthetic Biology Emerging Research Area. He heads the Laboratory for Gene Expression & Biophysics and holds a joint appointment to the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Lisbon, Portugal. His laboratory now at the University of Cape Town Medical School, works on gene regulation, host-pathogen interactions, single molecule imaging of gene expression and the development of cell-based visual high-throughput biology techniques for screening in basic and clinical biology.