Clinical scientific research training
University of Botswana
Mr. Leabaneng Tawe is currently having his Ph.D in Medical Sciences at University of Botswana. He had his Bachelor of Science in UCSI University at Malaysia. During his undergraduate he was working on research project on the prevalence and association of the rs17817449 FTO variant with obesity in a cohort of Malaysian adolescents. After graduation he then worked in UB-UPenn Joint Molecular laboratory with research focus on human pathogens, drug metabolism, molecular genetics, pharmacokinetics/genomics in HIV and Malaria. He then received a Masters Fellowship from Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE) through Botswana Harvard AIDS Institutes to work on the impact of HIV infection on the distribution of human papilloma virus (HPV) genotypes and host epigenetic changes associated with cervical cancer progression.
He had published more than 8 research articles in reputed international peer-reviewed journals. His interest also is to learn new laboratory technics on emerging viruses, both circulating recombinant forms and variants that rise by accumulation of mutations in relation to the disease pathogenesis, drug efficacy, and transmission efficiency.
- Cervical cancer
- Epigenetic changes
- DNA methylation
- DNA sequencing
- Pharmacogenetics/genomics in HIV and Malaria