UCT RESEARCH INNOVATION HIGHLIGHTS 2018-19 - Page 24



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Inaugural African fellowships
for young UCT scholars
Seven young UCT scholars are among the inaugural 2019
cohort of 21 Future Leaders – African Independent Research
(FLAIR) Fellows.
The initiative is a partnership between
the African Academy of Sciences
(AAS) and the Royal Society,
supported by the Global Challenges
Research Fund.
The fellowships give these young
scholars an opportunity to build
independent research careers in a
sub-Saharan African institution. The
proviso is that they undertake cuttingedge scientific research that addresses
global challenges facing developing
countries.
DR SARAH FAWCETT
Faculty of Science
Fawcett’s project aims to identify
and track the sources of pollution in
rapidly urbanising coastal regions,
using False Bay as a model.
DR DORIT HOCKMAN
Faculty of Health Sciences
Hockman’s fellowship will fund
a research programme investigating
the dynamics of gene expression and
gene regulation in the human brain.
DR WADE PETERSEN
Faculty of Science
Petersen’s research focuses on
developing environmentally-friendly and
sustainable ways to synthesise molecules
that can be used to design new drugs.

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