Ms Lungile Mbata
Ms Mbata holds an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Physiology, which she followed up with an Honour’s degree in Pharmacology from the University of Cape Town. On completion of the Honour’s degree she was awarded a CDC-NICD funded scholarship to study towards a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Pretoria, which she completed in 2011.
She joined the Aurum Institute as Project Coordinator, where she worked on a Phase III microbicide trial, and later moved to manage a group of trials within the TB-treatment umbrella, where she has managed from Phase II to Phase III trials involving experimental TB treatment drugs and regimens to shorten the duration of TB treatment in drug-sensitive participants.
In 2013, Lungile was promoted to Programme Manager for all the TB treatment trials across all Aurum Institute sites. During this year she was also a recipient of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship which is currently funding her PhD studies at the Karolisnka Institutet in Sweden. She is still completing her PhD studies which she hopes to complete by end 2019.