ONE of Durban’s brightest minds wants to specialise in medical research and rid the country of diseases. Eden College matriculant Kerisha Chetty, who achieved a full house of nine distinctions, said growing up in KZN and seeing the effects of HIV/Aids on communities around her is what has led her to direct her energies to make the world a better place. “I want to ply my trade in South Africa as this is my home. My father is a doctor and my mom is a pharmacist so watching them always wanting to help others has led me in this direction,” she said. The Edenite started and finished her career at the same school. While there is a copy of Gray’s Anatomy on the bookshelf, Kerisha prefers the book’s mobile app. “I would be keen to travel abroad, but mainly to look at what medicines are being used in other countries. I would like to learn more about my chosen field at every given opportunity and commit myself to any project in which I am involved,” said Kerisha. A science fiction reader, she said she has been provisionally accepted at both the Nelson Mandela Medical School at the University of KZN as well as at the University of Cape Town. “I would like to stay in Durban as this is where my home is, however, I also have a sister at UCT studying business science. It is a decision that needs to be made,” said Kerisha.