Mrs Tivani Mashamba-Thompson


Person Dr Tivani P Mashamba-Thompson


+27 13 260 2530
Campus Howard College
Research Interests Implementation research on Point-of-care diagnostics in resource-limited settings
Designation Senior Lecturer


Tivani P Mashamba-Thompson joined the discipline of Public Health Medicine in March 2015 as a Developmental Lecturer. Tivani qualified as a Medical Scientist at the University of Surrey, UK and was trained as a multidisciplinary Biomedical Scientist at the UK National Health Services Pathology Laboratories. She completed a post-graduate diploma in Biomedical Science with the University of Greenwich, London, UK and MMedSci at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN). In completion of the MMedSci, she joined post-graduate courses in Biostatistics and Epidemiology which was offered by the UKZN College of Health Sciences. Tivani holds a PhD, completed under the discipline of Public Health Medicine. Her PhD project was aimed at evaluating the accessibility and utility of HIV-related point-of-care (POC) diagnostics for PHC clinics in rural South Africa. Resulted in proposed framework for improving the implementation of POC diagnostics in rural and resource-limited settings.

From 2003 to mid-2012, Tivani worked in a variety of diagnostic settings in the UK. Tivani returned to South Africa at the end of 2012 where she took a post as an Intern Medical Scientist at Molecular Diagnostics Services in Durban and obtain her HPCSA registration as a Medical Scientist in 2013. In January 2014, Tivani joined the School of Nursing and Public Health in UKZN and worked as a PhD assistant, facilitating first year medical students’ workshops under the discipline of Public Health Medicine. Tivani assisted with organising the NRF Medical Education Colloquium for the discipline of Rural Health. She worked as part of the Centre for Rural Health (CRH) research team. She was offered her first opportunity to become a principal investigator (PI) for a research project (BREC Ref: BE503/14)  in November 2014 and completed the project in May June 2015. This was a collaborative project between the KZN department of Health and the CRH and she worked under the mentorship of Dr C Horwood (CRH) and Dr E Lutge (DoH).


Awards and Honours

  • 2015 African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship (ADDRF)
  • 2015 South African Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) external PhD scholarship
  • University of KwaZulu Natal, Golden Key Superior Scholastic Attainments and Outstanding Academic Merit award, 2014
  • Summa Cum Laude Scholarship award, University of KwaZulu Natal, 2014
  • First diploma for Continual Professional Development, Institute of Biomedical Science, UK, 2011
  • UK National Health Training Scholarship for completion of the Applied Biomedical Science Honours Degree and laboratory training, 2008-2010
  • UK Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust Scholarship for completion of the Foundation Degree in Health Care Science, 2007