for subscribers

Why this doctor has made it her life's mission to find cures for serious illnesses

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Dr Monchusi’s extensive studies have helped her fulfil her dream to find a cure for diseases
Dr Monchusi’s extensive studies have helped her fulfil her dream to find a cure for diseases
Supplied

Ever since she was a child, Dr Bernice Monchusi (28) has been passionate about helping others. In high school, she dreamt of one day finding a cure for HIV/Aids.

In 2013, she was studying an honours degree in biochemistry when a close family friend was diagnosed with HIV and died two years later from a related illness. That was when she took her dream seriously and committed herself to researching drug discovery.

“My passion has always been drug discovery, for as long as I remember,” she tells Drum. “When I applied for my undergraduate at Rhodes University, I had to write an essay about my first choice. My exact words were, ‘I want to become a drug discoverer for HIV/Aids’.”

There’s more to this story
Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in