Matume Nontokozo Dephney obtained a Masters degree in Microbiology at University of Venda (Univen). Her GIDRT research training was conducted in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer biology with collaborative mentorship from UVA faculty (Professor Rekosh and Professor Hammarskjöld) and Univen faculty (Prof Bessong). Her research focus was on the analysis of co-evolution of host cell genes and HIV-1 in ethnically diverse South African population. Upon re-entry to Univen, Miss Matume has recently completed her PhD in Microbiology. The GIDRT fellowship was pivotal in gaining expertise in new research techniques.