Chief Coordinator: GIBEX-Africa
Dr. Kelly Chibale is a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. He is the South African National Research Chair in Drug Discovery and leads one of the international World Health Organization (WHO) Tropical Diseases Research (TDR) Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry Centres in the Department of Chemistry at UCT. He joined UCT in 1996 and currently has a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry (Faculty of Science) and Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (Faculty of Health Sciences). Chibale has been awarded a US Fulbright Senior Research Scholarship tenable at the University of Pennsylvania for the period January-June 2008. Previously he was a Sandler Sabbatical Fellow at the University of California San Francisco in 2002; an invited Professor at Universite des Sciences et Technologie de Lille in France in 2002 and Wellcome Trust Visiting Fellow at the Universities of Cambridge and Dundee, UK, from 1998-2000. He was also a Wellcome Trust International Prize Travelling Research Fellow at the Scripps Research Institute from 1992-1994, where he worked with K. C. Nicolaou.
From 1992-1994, he was a Sir William Ramsay British Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Liverpool, UK, and worked with Nick Greeves. As a PhD graduate student, Chibale was a Cambridge-Livingstone Trust Scholar from 1989-1992 at the University of Cambridge, UK. He did his PhD work on asymmetric synthesis with Stuart Warren. From 1987-1989 he was Technical Officer and Development Chemist at Kafironda Explosives, Zambia. Kelly received his undergraduate chemistry degree in 1987 at the University of Zambia. His current research interests are in anti-infective natural products and the medicinal chemistry of anti-infective agents aimed at Tropical diseases. Chibale became GIBEX-Africa Chief Coordinator in November 2006 and within the short period, he has succeeded in raising the visibility of GIBEX-Africa to the point of recognition of the network by TDR as a unique model for collaborative networks and partnerships in Africa. He has also secured a South African NRF Grant to run an annual GIBEX-Africa workshop at UCT over a 3-year period.