Ms Yanga Mdleleni is a SANTHE (Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence) final year PhD Fellow in Medicine (Virology) at the HIV Pathogenesis Programme, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at UKZN. She holds an MSc in Parasitology (cum laude), BSc Honours in Molecular Biology, and BSc degree (Microbiology and Cell biology).
Her research interests span across viral immunology with a focus on human papillomavirus, HIV, cervical cancer pathogenesis as well as mental health in key populations. She is a recipient of the Research Training Fellowship for developing country scientists by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India – a fellowship that fosters South-South collaborations.
A former chair of the equity and inclusion committee in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shapers – Durban Hub and founder of the Nguta Foundation for Youth Empowerment.