Palesa Diale
South Africa
University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
2012 - 2014

I was born and raised in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa. In the advent of South Africa's newly found freedom/democracy, the greatest challenge is being conflicted as a young black female on how I can effectively contribute in resolving problems of historical and political legacies, that have predisposed a large segment of people to be socially and occupationally dysfunctional. Some of my achievements thus far in my research career include obtaining my Masters degree with a distinction and being hosted to give a seminar talk on my PhD work at the University of California San Diego, Scripp Institute of Oceonography. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town.

Being able to pursue a career in something that has resonated with me since childhood: environmental preservation and rehabilitation and obtaining a PhD in the process.
Professional Interests: 
My current professional interest includes being part of a high-impact technical team that will provide and apply innovative solutions using biological processes to the problem of acid mine drainage.
Current Occupation: 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow