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Dr Sandra Mukasa

Dr Sandra Mukasa is a senior medical officer who trained at the University of Cape Town and later did her post graduate diploma in HIV management at the University of Stellenbosch. She worked for the City of Cape Town in primary health care clinics focusing on HIV and TB management before she joined the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine as a Sub Investigator in 2015. She has worked on single and multicentre studies and clinical trials and has been the lead site investigator since 2017. In 2019, she became the deputy director of the newly established research group General Medicine & Global Health (GMGH).



Mrs Olivia Briton

Project Co-ordinator

​021-4066358 | olivia.briton@uct.ac.za

I was born in Port Elizabeth and brought up on a Dairy farm in the Eastern Cape. Schooling meant being a boarder at schools in Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth. I moved to Cape Town after school to train as a nurse at Victoria Hospital in Wynberg, and thereafter I worked at Groote Schuur Hospital and specialised in Oncology. I ran the Gynaeoncology Chemotherapy unit for five years before moving to the UK in 1997, here I started my career in Medical Research at St Bartholomews Hospital, London, as the Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Research nurse. In 2000 I moved back to Cape Town and worked as the project Co-Ordinator for the ‘Khayelitsha Cervical Cancer Screening Project’ at UCT, managing various research studies to prevent Cervical Cancer. I’ve now joined HICRA as the Research Project Co-Ordinator and am working on the B-A-HEF study.


Ms Carmelita Abrahams

Intern NRF

Email: carmelita.abrahams@uct.ac.za

I am passionate about the field of physiology and research. Therefore, I pursued a BscHons and MSc in Physiology at Stellenbosch University.  I am currently employed as an NRF intern at the HICRA with the cardioprotection research group supervised by Prof Sandrine Lecour. As part of the internship I will learn different techniques and assigned a project that will investigate lipoprotein profile in HIV patients. 


Mrs Lameez Pearce

Research Assistant

021-406 6554 | Lameez.pearce@uct.ac.za

Joined the cardiovascular genetics team in 2012 as a research assistant. Main roles in the laboratory include genetic screening for mutations in patients with heart disease and DNA extractions from various biological samples.