Thandi Puoane has a background in nursing, has taught at universities in South Africa and the USA. She has extensive experience in public health research and has been a principal investigator for a range of research projects.
Her research areas include child nutrition including the hospital management of severe malnutrition, identification of CVD risk factors, particularly obesity, participatory action research and monitoring and evaluation of programmes. She is a member of Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa and the Cape Town Co- PI of a global study, the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological study. She has experience in working with community health workers in developing and implementing community-based programmes for prevention and control of NCDs. She has successfully supervised 28 masters and 18 Ph D degrees in the last five years. Thandi is rated as a C2 scientist by the National Research Foundation. She has written several book chapters and has published widely in local and international peer reviewed journals.