- A couple has graduated with PhDs
- They obtained doctorate degrees in Veterinary Science
- They encouraged others to work hard as nothing was impossible
A couple that studies together, stays together. At least that's the case with the husband and wife team Dr Francis Kolo and Dr Agatha Kolo. The UP graduates recently obtained their doctorate degrees in Veterinary Science.
Francis’ PhD focused on the prevalence and characterisation of Brucella spp. in slaughter animals in Gauteng abattoirs. He researched the risk of infection to humans by eating uncooked meat or drinking unpasteurised milk from infected animals. His study provided the first evidence of Brucella melitensis biovar 2 and 3 in cattle.
Agatha, on the other hand, focused on the use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques to detect zoonotic bacterial pathogens.
They encouraged others to work hard, as nothing was as difficult as it seemed.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Lorna Prendergast graduated from the University of Melbourne at the age of 90 with a Masters of Ageing. The focus of her studies was music as a form of temporary relief for people affected by dementia. She was the only graduate mentioned by name during the beginning of the ceremony. As she was receiving her degree, accompanied by her granddaughters, the crowd applauded.
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