Tumi Semete

Researcher, Council for Scientifi c and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Ever since she learned about the human body in high
school biology class Tumi Semete has been fascinated
by it. She considered studying medicine, but when she
heard about the BSc degree in human genetics, she knew
it was for her.
Semete left her Soweto home for the lecture halls of the
university of Pretoria, where she spent close to a decade in
academic pursuits, completing a master's and a doctorate
in biochemistry. She came to her current employment
through a workshop hosted by her church.
Her work at the CSIR is in nanotechnology � the science
of small things � and how it can be used in the field of
medical research. � Tarryn Harbour

Lunch spot: Kream, Brooklyn, Pretoria