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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

With 22 years of experience in Clinical Research, Olivia has worked on various Breast Cancer Chemotherapy trials at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, UK as a Breast Cancer Research Nurse. Thereafter she moved into the role of Project Coordinator doing Cervical Cancer research and working in a poor community of Khayelitsha in Cape Town for the University of Cape Town, overseeing many aspects of Clinical trials including research site development. Since early 2014, Olivia has worked as the Project Coordinator/Monitor for UCT’s HICRA (Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa) coordinating various trial throughout Africa including travel to various African countries. Her role of Project Coordinator/Monitor in Africa & globally has meant sharing capacity through knowledge & guidance, resulting in improved collaborations. In addition to her African research coordination, she monitors the European Cardiology Society’s ‘Peripartum Cardiomyopathy registry’ data.


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.