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Ruan Spies

Election Year: 2022

Election Constituency: Southern Africa

Scholar Status: Scholar in Residence

Rhodes Identifier: Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch & Brasenose 2022

Ruan Spies


Ruan is an aspiring clinician-scientist with an interest in infectious diseases. He hopes to ask important questions about the health of Africans and to use research as a tool to answer these questions. He studied medicine at the University of Cape Town where he graduated with first-class honours and was recognized as the best final year student in clinical medicine. Ruan completed his medical internship in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape and was a Community Service Medical Officer at New Somerset Hospital in Cape Town. He also completed the Diploma in HIV Management through the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa during this period. In his first year as a scholar-in-residence, Ruan completed the MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology where his thesis investigated spatial heterogeneity in the distribution of tuberculosis in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is currently enrolled in a DPhil in Clinical Medicine where his research, based at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Ho Chi Minh City, uses epidemiological and whole genome sequencing-derived genetic data to try to understand how people acquired drug-resistant tuberculosis.