Postgraduate Student Presents Research at International BIOMATH Conference

Posted on July 17, 2023

Charlise Basson, a postgraduate student from the Department of Physiology, recently made significant strides in the field of biosciences by presenting her research at the International Conference on Mathematical Methods and Models in Biosciences (BIOMATH) in Pomorie, Bulgaria. The conference took place from 18th to 23rd June 2023 and provided a platform for experts from around the world to showcase their cutting-edge research.

Under the expert guidance of her supervisors, Dr. Y Hlophe, Dr. P Bipath, and Dr. J Serem, Charlise Basson delivered both an oral presentation and a poster at the event. Collaborating with Mr. Edwin Phiri and Emeritus Professor Rouman Anguelov from the Department of Mathematics, her work focused on the mathematical modelling for CTCE-9908, a CXCR4 inhibitor, and its impact on B16 F10 melanoma cell proliferation.

Thanks to the support of an SMB grant from the BIOMATH committee, Charlise was able to attend the conference and participate in the School for Young Scientists in Bulgaria, an opportunity that will undoubtedly enrich her academic and professional journey.

Expressing her thoughts on the experience, Charlise said, "It was such a privilege to present our work on mathematical modelling for CTCE-9908 and its effects on B16 F10 melanoma cell proliferation. This conference provided a fantastic opportunity to encourage interdepartmental collaboration, which plays a pivotal role in advancing cancer research. The collaboration between the Department of Physiology and Mathematics fosters a comprehensive understanding of cancer, enables the integration of diverse perspectives, and facilitates the development of innovative strategies."

The Department of Physiology takes immense pride in Charlise's accomplishments and acknowledges the dedication and hard work she has invested in her research. Her pioneering efforts exemplify the university's commitment to promoting excellence in scientific inquiry and finding innovative solutions to complex challenges, such as cancer research.

This remarkable achievement is a testament to the commitment of the Department of Physiology and its faculty to nurture and support the next generation of talented researchers. Charlise Basson's success at the BIOMATH conference not only contributes to the advancement of biosciences but also brings honour to the department and the entire university.

- Author Department of Physiology

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