Eskom Expo for Young Scientists mentor, Edith Phalane from the North West, has recently completed a PhD in Physiology at the North West University.
Phalane’s research focused on longitudinal investigation of the cardiovascular health of South Africans living with human immunodeficiency virus.
Apart from being a researcher, Phalane is an active mentor with Eskom Expo, assisting and nurturing aspiring young girls and boys to participate in science fairs.
Phalane, who officially started with her postdoctoral fellowship this month with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), is also an active science communicator on hypertension education wherein she educates people on the importance of regularly monitoring blood pressure and screening for blood pressure by participating in the global initiative, May Measurement Month. She has obtained several accolades for her research and contribution to mentoring.
In 2020 Phalane was listed as one of the 50 Inspiring Women in South Africa in recognition of her outstanding contribution to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) in South Africa. In the same year, she was selected to participate in the Global Young Scientist Summit in Singapore.
Phalane has presented at several conferences both internationally and nationally. In 2018, she was among the 600 top young scientists in the world selected to participate on the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meetings in Lindau, Germany.