It’s hard to know where to start when introducing the multidimensional Caroline Pule. She spends most of her time at Stellenbosch University’s Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, making the most of her extensive knowledge attained through a MMedSc degree, a PhD and a host of niche qualifications.
At present she helps as a volunteer scientist for the CrowdFight Covid-19 initiative, a global organisation enabling volunteer scientists from different countries to work together.
If that seems like a handful you’ll also find Pule volunteering for the Mould Empower Serve charity organisation, helping to feed people in need during the pandemic. She’s the vice-chair of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World for South Africa and an ambassador for South African National Tuberculosis Association. She is also the founder and chief executive of the Caroline Pule Science and Literacy Foundation, which has a number of initiatives, including book donations and science clubs. Her research focuses on understanding the biology of drug-resistant TB, but the broader goal is for her findings to lead to the development of novel drug targets to combat the disease’s spread.
Pule believes in the importance of outreach programmes and does so by giving talks at high schools and at the National Science Week.
“My career in medical science and foundation was born from my desire to help,” she says. It seems to be working for not only her, but all those on the receiving end of her research and kindness.