Hello everyone! Welcome to episode 68
My guest today is Dr. Edith Phalane. She's from South Africa and currently a post-doctoral research fellow in environmental health at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. At the time of this recording, she had just been awarded her PhD in physiology. In this episode, we learn that Edith was from a small village, and from a young age, she was intrigued with how the human body functions. Her mother and uncle had the opportunity to go to university (this was a major accomplishment back then). That gave her a direction on where to go after high school to university- pursue a medical degree. She, unfortunately, didn't qualify for medicine but instead took a BSc in physiology. She was always an ambitious student and pursued honours, masters and, finally, a PhD. She has recently completed her PhD in physiology and got awarded the title of "Dr." She takes us through her academic journey (especially doing a PhD in the pandemic and taking care of 2 kids) up until the day she hit "send" to submit her thesis. We learn that her research project focused on the longitudinal cardiovascular health of South Africans living with HIV. We hear about this fascinating research and its importance. Tune for all this and more!
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