The VALIDATE Network is a growing global community of vaccine researchers developing vaccines against four pathogens: Mycobacterium tuberculosis (which causes TB), Leishmania species (leishmaniasis), Burkholderia pseudomallei (melioidosis) and Mycobacterium leprae (leprosy). In VALID8? we willthrough 8 short questions, delve into the research interests of our members and find out what they do and why their research is so important.

The Questions

  1. What do you do/what do you research?

  2. ​​​​What do you tell non-scientists you do?

  3. What drew you to studying vaccines?

  4. Why is your work important and what could your work lead to?

  5. What is the most interesting thing you have learned in your job?

  6. What is the best part of your job?

  7. What is the most challenging part of your job or research?

  8. Why are vaccines important?


Assoc Prof Burtnick - BSL 3 Lab
Wynand Goosen








Some of our members also submitted photographs of their day-to-day life as a researcher. 


You can find the interviews below. This is an ongoing series so check back regularly and follow us on twitter. If you are a member and wish to participate in VALID8, you can email your answers to the question to with the subject VALID8.