Rikhotso completed her Master's degree in Microbiology at the University of Venda. Her area of expertise is on the molecular epidemiology of human papillomavirus (HPV). Her MSc project focused on the genetic analysis of HPV in a cohort of women in routine care in northern South Africa. Currently, her PhD research focuses on the screening, identification and characterization of cervical HPV genotypic infection among HIV infected and non-infected women in northern South Africa. She is mentored by Prof. Pascal Bessong (UNIVEN) and Prof. Emma Mitchell (UVA).