The hard-won PhD in molecular medicine before her 29th birthday and her daughter’s recent graduation from grade R – these are the moments that Mpye cites as the proudest of her life. But it is more than maternal pride: having others flourish academically seems to rank alongside this research scientist’s own endeavours on her priority list. She mentors university students in her field and looks to nurture their holistic development, encouraging them to engage in extramural activities apart from their academic commitments. Offering mathematics and science tuition to high school learners is another example of this; a grassroots act of service. Her research work occupies the other end of the ambition spectrum, as she is currently involved in a project to develop test kits for rapid mycobacterium tuberculosis diagnosis. Mpye also has a penchant for travel and preaches about the wisdom one earns from wider exposure.
Follow your gut and trust your passion. Otherwise you will end up in a career that doesn’t motivate you, which will make it difficult for you to be the best version of yourself.