Anastasia (Tasha) Koch

Anastasia (Tasha) Koch is a biomedical researcher and completed her doctoral training under Profs Digby Warner and Valerie Mizrahi (IDM, UCT) in 2015. Following this, she undertook a postdoctoral fellowship under Prof. Robert J Wilkinson (CIDRI-Africa). Between 2017 and 2020, a Carnegie Corporation DEAL fellowship supported her Junior Research Fellowship within the Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit, where she maintains a position as an Honorary Lecturer.

Her biomedical research focuses on using whole-genome sequencing and other molecular techniques to investigate the transmission and pathobiology of M. tuberculosis. Tash is a founding director of Eh!woza and runs the organisation’s day-to-day operations, financial administration, and strategic conceptual aspects. She is interested in generating innovative impact assessment models applied in the local setting.