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ERASE-TB Student offered a PhD at LMU

Martha Chipinduro has much to smile about!

We are delighted to announce that one of our students has recently been offered a place at the Center for International Health, University of Munich (LMU) in Germany! We could not be happier for Martha who has been working in our laboratories and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her forthcoming studies. Here, in her own words, she tells us more about her PhD:

"I am excited that I have been accepted to the PhD Medical Research - International Health program at the Center for International Health, University of Munich (LMU) in Germany. The PhD is a three year-long program beginning in October 2023 and is comprised of two training module blocks of three months duration each, at the beginning and towards the end of the program. I have the great opportunity of having Prof Norbert Heinrich as my main LMU supervisor and Professor Katharina Kranzer as my Zimbabwe based main supervisor. Also essential for my supervision and mentorship are my co-supervisors; Professor Stefan Niemann, Dr Viola Dreyer and Ms Ursula Panzner.

"My research topic is entitled, 'Molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and determination of genomic isoniazid resistance in Zimbabwe'. Using samples collected through the ERASE –TB study. I will be able to determine the different types of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains circulating in Zimbabwe, transmission events among index cases and between index cases and their household contacts and the prevalence of isoniazid resistance. This work is necessary in order to fill important knowledge gaps. Findings from the study are expected to provide guidance to the national tuberculosis control program on how to formulate interventions for TB control and management. I am really looking forward to the PhD journey, the science and the interactions."

Good luck, Martha! We are looking forward to following your progress!




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