Dean started his scientific journey at the University of the Witwatersrand, where be obtained a BSc in Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Microbiology & Biotechnology. He thereafter obtained a BHSc Honours in Molecular Medicine and Haematology. Dean subsequently joined the HIV Pathogenesis Research Unit within the University of the Witwatersrand. Supervised by Prof. Maria Papathanasopoulos, Dean completed his Honours project exploring the expression, purification and characterization of HIV-1 subtype C monomeric and trimeric envelope glycoproteins as vaccine immunogens.
Having an avid interest in bioinformatics and new and upcoming technology, Dean transitioned to infectious disease genomics and completed his MSc (Med), in collaboration with the South African National Bioinformatics Institute. His masters investigated population dynamics in HIV-1 transmitted antiretroviral drug resistance by means of Next Generation Sequencing. Dean designed and optimised a library preparation protocol in which he successfully deep sequenced longitudinally followed HIV-1 infected individuals identified with transmitted drug resistance.
Dean joined Diagnostech in 2017 as a field application specialist in genomics. He has a particular interest in next generation genomics and bioinformatics, which he believes have tremendous potential in driving progress in medical diagnostics and disease prevention. Industry enables the compelling pursuit of knowledge, of which Dean is passionate to be a part of. Dean is an avid technology-freak and gamer, and enjoys good food and good music.