UKZN Senior Lecturer at Harvard for two yearsAgriculture, Engineering & Science

Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson.Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson.

UKZN’s Public Health Senior Lecturer Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson joins Harvard Medical School’s Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) Programme for two years starting 2017 to 2019.

The programme aims to provide clinicians and clinician-scientists with advanced training in conducting clinical research.

‘My research interest is translation medicine, a discipline in biomedical research, aimed at expediting the discovery of new diagnostic tools and treatments by using a multi-disciplinary, highly collaborative, “bench-to-bedside” approach,’ said Mashamba-Thompson.

Her research projects are still at the concept stage, ‘I will work on implementing frameworks which were guided by evidence obtained from my previous research. I will work with University of Washington’s Professor Paul Drain and hopefully also with other local researchers.’

During the first year, the blended-learning approach combines the traditional face-to-face teaching methods of three workshops and recorded online lectures supported by interactive webinars, to form an integrated instructional approach. During the second year, Mashamba-Thompson will work on developing a research proposal for a large research study.

She found out about the programme through the Harvard Medical School website and applied after she realised she met all the requirements to get into the programme.  ‘All students/participants are expected to demonstrate competency in the following:  performing both observational and experimental clinical research; Plan and implement a clinical research project and; analyse, interpret, and present clinical research data.’

Harvard Medical School’s Global and Continuing Education Senior Associate Dean, Dr Ajay K Singh, congratulated Mashamba-Thompson saying her notable accomplishments and enthusiasm for the programme stood out among a competitive pool of applicants.

‘We are certain that you will be a valuable member of the GCSRT class of 2017-2018,’ said Singh. They were confident she would find the programme personally, academically, and professionally rewarding.

She will join a diverse group of students, representing more than 60 countries across the world. The GCSRT) Programme will be launched in June, beginning with the first workshop in London, UK.

Mashamba-Thompson is currently involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Department of Public Health Medicine and is supervising masters and PhD students.

She was recently invited to participate in a POC testing stakeholder workshop held by the International Diagnostics Centre (IDC) of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) in Cape Town.

She is married to Rowan Thompson and they have three children, Gabrielle, M’hloti and Frank.

She hails from a village in Limpopo province called Mulamula. She has spent most of her adult life in the United Kingdom and completed her honours degree at the University of Surrey and a postgraduate diploma at the University of Greenwich, London. 

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