Duncan Njenda

Duncan Njenda

Research Specialist

I am a molecular biologist/virologist

About me

I enjoy challenges in innovative research and aspire to make significant contributions that would address the global health concerns around infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Research description

Antiviral research


- Coronavirus research:-  Currently working on optimization of SARS-CoV-2 infections in various cell lines for the purpose of developing models for drug screening and repurposing of existing drugs

- Retrovirus research:- HIV-1 drug sensitivity  and drug-resistance


2016 - 2020- Ph.d Medical Science in Joint Ph.d program between Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Stellenbosch University, South Africa

2013 – 2015 MSc. Med Sc. Medical Virology (cum laude) University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town South Africa.

2012-2012 BSc.MedSc.Hons. Medical Virology, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa

2011-2011 ABMA certificate in Computer Engineering, Species College, Zimbabwe

2008-2010 BSc. University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa.


Academic honours, awards and prizes

(2010) Benguela Ecosystem Assistantship Programme (certificate) under Marine Coastal Management and Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa.

(2009) Best 2nd year BSc student certificate, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa