Mantombi Mnculwane started her journey in clinical research by completing a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry focusing on chemistry, pharmacology and phytomedicine at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. While completing her degree, she served two terms in the nonprofit organization Enactus University of Pretoria in 2016 and 2017. In 2019, she took a position as a site compliance coordinator intern at the AES clinical research site in Stanza, South Africa. Within two years, she grew from the role of site compliance coordinator / data capturer to site compliance specialist / quality assurance officer at that site. Mantombi is currently working on studies that aim to tackle the COVID-19 global pandemic and the still ongoing HIV global epidemic via the CoVPN and HVTN networks, respectively.
I am a site compliance specialist/quality assurance officer. I assist with ensuring that data received from participants is documented as per ALCOA-C principles, and that the protocol is adhered to.
More about Mantombi
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I am privileged to be part of the solution process at a time in history when a pandemic has devastated so many people’s lives.
What makes you happy to be part of AES?
I am happy to be part of a company that includes various processes of clinical trial phases, from participant recruitment to the conducting and monitoring of the study, and all other aspects ensuring that the vaccines and other medications being shared with the world are ethical and efficacious.
How does working at AES help you maintain a work-life balance?
I am part of a tightknit department that distributes the workload equally. In the rare event that anyone within the team has an unusually high workload, we reach out to each other to assist. In addition, AES offers an EAP (Employee Assistance Program), which aids in tackling any personal matters and providing self-care.
I was introduced to clinical research in my final year at University of Pretoria, as one of the minors I took was pharmacology. This set the foundation for gaining a better understanding of clinical trial phases and sparked my interest in the clinical research industry.