Duncan Njenda, PhD

Duncan Njenda

Laboratory engineer

I am molecular biologist/virologist, whose current role is a Laboratory engineer and whose focus is on SARS-CoV- 2 research under KI MTC-Biomedicum and SciLifeLab COVID-19 program

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

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

HIV-1 Research:- HIV-1 drug sensitivity  and drug-resistance; Antiviral research


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
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