Dr Ros Chapman is a Research Officer at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She did her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UCT, obtaining her Honours degree in Microbiology and a PhD degree in Microbiology working on genes involved in the maintenance of intracellular redox potentials in Thiobacillus ferrooxidans.
She is presently working in Prof. A-L Williamson's group developing Mycobacterium bovis BCG as a vector for an HIV-1 vaccine. As a member of this team she is involved in the construction of shuttle vectors expressing various HIV proteins in M. bovis BCG, the modification of some of these vectors to direct the transport, secretion or localization of the HIV proteins, the characterization of the expression of these proteins, assessment of the genetic stability of the recombinant BCG and the analysis of the immunogenicity of these vaccines in mice and non-human primates. Her work also entails the supervision of postgraduate students.
Outside of the laboratory, Ros enjoys horse riding, cycling and playing tennis.
Post: Division of Medical Virology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Anzio Road, Observatory 7925, Cape Town, South Africa