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

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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
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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’.”

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