Mr. T Mooko is a Doctoral fellow at the Department of Internal Medicine, University of the Free State (UFS). He is also affiliated with the Next Generation Sequencing (UFS-NGS) Unit and Division of Virology, UFS. His PhD study is funded by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
His PhD research is seeking to address possible factors contributing to HIV-1 shedding into peritoneal dialysis effluent in end-stage kidney failure patients (ESKF). It is an open-label non-randomised pharmacokinetic study, which intends to help improve current antiretroviral therapy dosing guidelines and clinical practices to prioritise high-risk patients, improve care and reduce treatment costs in this ESKF patient population.
He was previously a National Research Foundation (NRF) Intern at the UFS-NGS Unit (2019-2020) and is currently a research assistant at the unit. His Master’s research involved in-vitro and pre-clinical studies on the mechanisms of cannabinoids in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Part of his Master’s objectives were completed at the School of Natural Product Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. It was funded by the collaboration between the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), South Africa and the Ministry of Science and Technology, India.