After he gets his Ph.D. he plans to do a post-doctoral research fellowship, and then become a professor in Africa, Europe or America.
I asked Thulani if he had anything to say to Drake students. He said "They are lucky to have a teacher like you!" (He meant me.) I mention this only so I can return the compliment: Thulani's future students are going to be very lucky indeed to have a teacher like him. He is warm, gracious, and in love with knowledge. He is very good at what he does, which is cutting-edge metagenomics and biotechnology, and he is also very good at sharing the excitement of doing it.