Petro van der Merwe is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at UNISA. She obtained a BA degree (cum laude) in Health Sciences & Social Services (with specialisation in the Professional Context). She subsequently obtained an Honours degree in Psychology (with distinction), followed by a Master’s degree in Psychology in 2009. Her thesis provides guidelines for school management teams and teachers on a social emotional programme against crime and violence in schools. She completed her Doctor’s degree in Psychology on the relationship between psychosocial risks in adolescents and new electronic media technology in November 2012. Her main academic and research interests concern the important role that Emotional Intelligence (EI) can play in an educational context. She is also involved extensively in research projects on prevention strategies such as health education and skills‐building. There is a need for studies that focus on factors that put adolescents at risk of teenage pregnancy, the aim of her research is to investigate the prevalence adolescent pregnancy and associated factors in the South African context. She has published in local and international accredited journals and presented a variety of papers in South Africa and abroad with the emphasis on this research theme.
I Dr. K.Dinesh graduated my Undergraduation (MBBS) from RAJA MUTHIAH MEDICAL COLLEGE, in Tamil Nadu, India and my postgraduation Doctorate in Microbiology from Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, India. I started my career as a Tutor in the field of Microbiology and now hold the post of ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN MICROBIOLOGY in Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital. I am qualified internal auditor for NABL Accreditation and I have my special interest in Hospital Infection control. Currently I have been posted as HOSPITAL INFECTION CONTROL OFFICER in my hospital. So far I have guided Ph.D Students and Post Graduate students to complete their thesis. I have published more than 10 papers in international and national journals, I have been awarded 3 funded projects which include one from Indian Council for Medical Research and another from Tuberculosis association of India.
Professor Timms is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. He is a nationally and internationally renowned microbiologist with specific expertise in the area of Chlamydia and koala retrovirus. His laboratory is acknowledged as the leading Australian laboratory and one of the leading groups internationally working on all aspects of chlamydial infections. His research group is developing vaccines and new diagnostics for chlamydial diseases in humans and animals as well as an improved understanding of chlamydial genomics, cell biology and pathogenicity. He has published over 280 papers, reviews and book chapters in peer-reviewed international scientific journals.
She is Assistant Coordinator of Seminar and Project in the Department of Microbiology, CRUTECH, Calabar. A research fellow of Medical bacteriology and Respiratory infection, MSc in Microbiology and Immunology from University of Nottingham (UK) and PhD Research in Pathogenic Microbiology/Immunodiagnostic.