• PhDs in Focus: A link between science and business

    Jon Spaull

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In this audio interview, South African Gloria Hlongwane talks about her research into using graphene to create a cheap, portable DNA detector.

Once she has completed her PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand, Hlongwane aims to move into business — something she says is more challenging because of a lack of connections between industry and science in today’s South Africa. She plans to become an intermediary between the two sectors.

Hlongwane’s PhD is being funded by the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE).

The interview was recorded at the Planet Earth Institute’s Unconference earlier this year, in London, United Kingdom.

This is part of the Africa’s PhD Renaissance series funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.