Professor Digby Warner

Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit

Professor Digby Warner BCom BSc(Hons) PhD (WITS)

Professorial Director and Full Member, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM); Division of Medical Microbiology, Department of Pathology; Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.

Research in the MMRU is focused on aspects of mycobacterial physiology and metabolism that are of relevance to new tuberculosis (TB) drug discovery, drug resistance and TB transmission.

The unit comprises senior scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and PhD and MSc students. It is supported by local and international grant funding.

KEY EXPERTISE: Molecular mycobacteriology; mycobacterial physiology, in particular the mechanisms and regulation of DNA repair and replication in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and their role in the emergence of drug resistance, the physiological consequences of drug resistance, and the role of vitamin B12 and related co-factors in mycobacterial pathogenesis.

Selected publications:

See publications and profile on Research Gate.

Contact details:

Room 3.01, Wolfson Pavilion
Anzio Road
UCT Faculty of Health Sciences
Observatory 7925
Cape Town, South Africa

Tel:  +27 21 406 6556

Group members:

Member Position
Dr Sophia Gessner Research Officer
Dr Atica Moosa Research Officer
Dr Charles Omollo Junior Research Fellow
Ryan Dinkele PhD student
Joseph Gitari PhD student
Dimitri Griffault PhD student
Zela Martin PhD student
Tshepiso Nkonyane PhD student
Ditshego Ralefeta PhD student
Atondaho Ramudzuli PhD student
Lucas Raphela PhD student
Yasin Razak PhD student
Veneshley Samuels PhD student
Caitlin Taylor PhD student
Kristy Winkler PhD student


Dr Teng-Leong Chew, AIC-Janelia, United States of America
Dr Meindert Lamers, Leiden University, Netherlands
Prof John D. McKinney, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Prof D. Branch Moody, Harvard University, United States of America
Prof Kyu Rhee, Weil-Cornell Medical College, United States of America
Prof Česlovas Venclovas, Institute of Biotechnology, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Dr Roger Woodgate, NICHD, NIH, United States of America

South Africa
Dr Caron Jacobs, CZI Imaging Scientist, UCT
Prof Valerie Mizrahi, IDM, UCT
Prof Robin Wood, DTHF, UCT
Dr Michael Reiche, UCT