Dr. Kumeren Govender
MBChB Cum Laude (UKZN), MMed Health Science (UKZN)
Dr. Kumeren Govender obtained his MBChB Cum Laude and his Masters in Health Sciences simultaneously on a special dual-track programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2017. He worked as a medical doctor at the New Somerset Hospital, Cape Town. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, written letters to journal editors and presented at conferences. He also has reviewed articles for the African Health Science Journal. He is an accomplished violinist and also swims the Midmar mile, which is the world’s largest open water swim. Govender hopes to bridge knowledge from developed worlds to developing worlds and contribute to pioneering innovative and interdisciplinary solutions that are globally relevant to ultimately improve the lives of those burdened by diseases.
He is a Rhodes Scholar and currently reading toward a DPhil in Clinical Medicine based at the Modernising Medical Microbiology laboratory and focuses on infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. His interests include direct-from-sample sequencing using real-time technology.
Kumeren is a member of Balliol College, Oxford and is supervised by Infectious Disease specialists Dr. David Eyre and Professor Derrick Crook.
Precision Pandemic Preparedness: Improving Diagnostics with Metagenomics
Govender KN., (2021), Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 59
Metagenomic sequencing as a pathogen-agnostic clinical diagnostic tool for infectious diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis of diagnostic test accuracy studies.
Govender KN. et al, (2021), Journal of clinical microbiology