I´m working as a researcher for the Medical Research Council in South Africa and completing a MA postgraduate degree in Public Policy. I am also in the process of readying myself to commence Phd studies at Karolinska Institutet in 2008. My research interests mainly lie in sexual and reproductive health, but I am also quite keen on child and family psychosocial dynamics. My hobbies are reading, reading and reading! Current work involves a research project that entails the use of an innovative probability sampling methodology called Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS) designed to investigate hard-to-reach populations. The aim of the study is to investigate the sexual risk behaviors of young females aged 16-24 at high risk of HIV/AIDS in the Western Cape, SA. The study employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and is in the data collection/field work phase. Its proving to be a complex study with interesting dynamics and many hair-plucking moments!