Prof Elizabeth Wasserman
Prof Elizabeth Wassserman studied at the University of the Free State, and completed her MB.Ch.B. in 1988. She joined the staff of Tygerberg Hospital in 1990, initially as a medical officer working in trauma and surgery and then as a registrar in medical microbiology.
She obtained her M.Med (Microbiol. Path) in 1996 cum laude and then completed a D.Phil (Social Science Methods) with the quality assurance of medical education as the topic of her thesis.
Elizabeth became professor and head of the Division of Medical Microbiology in 2005. Over the next seven years, she enhanced the team’s research and post-graduate teaching and expanded molecular diagnostic and research facilities. Shortly after joining the Pathcare team in 2012 she completed an M.Sc. in Clinical Epidemiology cum laude.
Her personal research interests extend to the diagnosis of infectious disease in resource restricted settings, and the pathogenesis and epidemiology of staphylococcal infection. She chairs the Pathcare Research Committee and retains her affiliation with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University as an extraordinary professor.