Marietjie Venter


Dr Marietjie Venter is a woman who loves viruses. Having published the first study on the molecular epidemiology of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) as a cause of lower respiratory tract disease in children in South Africa, she has received much acclaim locally and abroad. She was finalist in the department of science and technology's Women in Science Awards in the Best Emerging Woman Scientist category. From 2002 to 2005 she was a member of the Special Pathogens Unit and received her postdoctoral training on the West Nile Virus at the National Institutes of Health in the United States. She is co-author of several papers that have been published in international accredited journals. She is a senior lecturer and medical scientist in the Department of Medical Virology at the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Pretoria. � Liesl Venter

Lunch spot: Alsume, Hennopsriver Valley