Renay Ngobeni graduated from the University of Venda with a Master of Science degree in 2015, specialized in parasitology (Amoebiasis research). Her Msc research focused on Molecular characterization of E.histolytica strains and the impact of host genetics on amebic infection in Limpopo province of South Africa. In 2015, she received a GIDRT fellowship to train on diarrheal and infectious diseases. She is working with Professor Samie Amidou, University of Venda and Professor Carol Gilchrist, Dr. Shannon Moonah and Dr. William Petri, at the University of Virginia. Her PhD work is focused on the impact of genetic diversity and secreted extracellular vesicles on amoebic virulence. Her research will contribute to collaboration between UVA and UNIVEN in research on health priorities of northern South Africa.