Research and Development Lead
Lesley Scott, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, with a focus on accelerating HIV and TB patients’ access to care through improved diagnostics. She has over 15 years’ experience in research and development from product design, development and clinical diagnostics trial evaluation. Lesley has experience in implementation science and “big data” analytics, largely driven by the NHLS’s National GeneXpert program. She is the inventor of the “dried culture spot” technology used as a companion molecular TB diagnostic, now distributed to 27 countries through a spinoff company from WITS University called SmartSpot Quality. Lesley has an interest in statistics applied to method comparison and developed the Percentage Similarity model and algorithm now recommended by WHO. She consults to the NHLS Quality Assurance Division for immune monitoring proficiency testing and is a Laboratory Director for the AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG). Lesley leverages her experience within iLEAD for end-to-end guidance in the R&D pipeline and continues to supervise PhD/MSc/MMed/Biomedical Engineering students.