Michael White

Professor Theresa Coetzer’s research focusses on proteolytic enzymes as diagnostic and drug targets in African parasitic diseases: mainly animal and human trypanosomiasis (nagana and sleeping sickness) and also trichinellosis and theileriosis.

She also has expertise in producing antibodies in chickens against the whole proteases and against peptides corresponding to epitopes identified in silico. Chicken egg yolk antibodies (IgY) are powerful immunochemical tools that find wide application in research and she has established a number of collaborations around this capacity.

She holds a DST-NRF South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Proteolysis in Haemostasis, Health and Disease.