Head of Division: Professor Mark Nicol
The Division of Medical Microbiology engages in a broad range of interrelated activities. We are actively involved in providing state-of-the-art diagnostic services to the academic hospital complex, conducting cutting-edge research into high burden diseases and training of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical students as well as postgraduate science students.
The composition of the Division is complex with staff drawn from the University of Cape Town, and the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). The microbiology diagnostic laboratories are located at Groote Schuur hospital, while the research laboratories are located in the Institute for Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, on the adjacent Health Sciences Campus.
Aside from providing a full range of diagnostic services including a wide range of molecular tests, the Division conducts clinical and diagnostic trials, investigates outbreaks of infection and helps defines the local epidemiology of relevant infectious agents. Important areas of research focus on tuberculosis, mechanisms of antimicrobial antibiotic resistance and the molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus. A major effort is directed into developing and testing novel point-of-care diagnostic tests.