Karen Cloete 

Dr Cloete has a PhD (Microbiology) from Stellenbosch University. She is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (LABS), National Research Foundation, where her research is focused on the biological applications of ion beam techniques and the development of micro-particle-induced X-ray emission spectrometry methodology and equipment for analyses in frozen hydrated state. She is also actively involved in training and the development of new laboratories at iThemba LABS. To date, she has co-authored a number of international journal publications in multidisciplinary fields and has also provided extensive editorial assistance for various academic manuscripts and a treatment guideline. She has taught a course to microbiology honours students on fungal genomic DNA extraction, convened and lectured a module on writing scientific papers for MSc (MedSci) in Clinical Epidemiology students, and has also mentored undergraduate and postgraduate students from various disciplines on academic writing. She has also organized and presented workshops on research supervision and project management as well as academic writing, publishing, and presentation to postgraduate registrars, clinical consultants, as well as senior scientists. Her research has been highlighted in popular media and she has also been the recipient of various scholarships and grants. During her part-time, she has served on several committees and as a reviewer for international journals, as well as a scientist for commercial companies and a consultant for the Language Centre of Stellenbosch University. She believes in the power of science to affect positive change.