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Postdoctoral Fellows

Godwin Akpeko Dziwornu

Godwin Akpeko Dziwornu obtained his M.Phil. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ghana under Prof. Dorcas Osei-Safo. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry in 2019 from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, under the supervision of Profs. Kelly Chibale and Denzil R. Beukes. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Kelly Chibale at the Department of Chemistry, UCT. His research interests lie in natural products chemistry and medicinal chemistry of natural products and privileged scaffolds toward discovery of drugs against tropical diseases

  Amanda Mabhula

Amanda Mabhula is a postdoctoral research fellow working under the supervision of Prof. Kelly Chibale on a project investigating the role of microbiome in drug metabolism and on various other projects in TB drug discovery. She recently finished her PhD, in which her thesis utilized a multi-disciplinary approach to develop a macrophage infection model to predict the ability of experimental anti-bacterial drugs to penetrate infected cells and determined the extent to which intracellular concentrations translated into effective killing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Amanda holds a BSc (cum laude) from the University of Fort Hare, BSc Honours (Chemistry with distinction) from Rhodes University and MMedSc (Medical Microbiology cum laude) from UKZN.


Mwila Mulubwa



Mwila Mulubwa practised as a pharmacist for five years after obtaining a BPharm degree from the University of Zambia, in 2008. He then undertook an MPharm at North-West University and a PhD in pharmaceutical science at the University of the Western Cape, graduating in 2013 and 2019 respectively. Mwila has published several scientific papers on pharmacokinetic modelling and dosage optimisation of anti-tuberculosis drugs and presented at local and international conferences. He has expertise in population pharmacokinetic/ pharmacodynamic modelling. Besides, he applies pharmacometric principles to develop models for the optimisation of drug therapy in infectious diseases affecting global health. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), University of Cape Town. His research focuses on drug metabolism in African populations, employing in vitro methods and predicting in vivo drug exposure