A native of Zimbabwe, Sikhulile Moyo moved to Botswana after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare in 1996. He started working at the Botswana Harvard Partnership as a Lab Assistant in 2003 and was promoted to Laboratory Coordinator, then Deputy Lab Manager, then to his current position as Lab Manager.
He holds Master’s degrees in Applied Microbiology and Public Health. In a few months, he’ll complete his PhD in Medical Virology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. For his thesis, “Evolutionary trends and dynamics of HIV-1C in Botswana,” he used new molecular and serological methods to identify and characterize early founder viruses. And, yes, the samples for his research came from the BHP freezers.
Moyo is happily married and has two sons and a daughter. He and his wife sponsor several children, both relatives and non-relatives, at a school each year. He loves singing, composes gospel songs, and is recording his second album.
“I wake up daily inching towards pursuing my goals with vigor and relentless commitment,” said Moyo. “Working with scientists and mentors at BHP has made me realize that every moment is a great moment for action.”
Title photo by Dave Clift. Sikhulile Moyo (third from left) greets former President Festus Mogae of Botswana (far left).