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PhD focuses on cardiovascular disease among women living with HIV
‘Women of child-bearing age who are living with HIV face an added burden of obesity and hypertension, which heightens their risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), particularly in resource-limited settings.’ This concern led Dr Sherika Hanley, a specialist family physician and lecturer in Family Medicine at UKZN to pursue a... Read more
MUT lecturer awarded PhD in medical biochemistry
Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at Mangosuthu University of Technology’s (MUT) Faculty of Natural Sciences, Dr Ayanda Magwenyane, said it was a dream come true to graduate with a PhD from UKZN. His study employed a molecular dynamic simulation approach to explore heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) as an anti-cancer... Read more
Two Graduate top of the class – Medical biochemistry
The top two Bachelor of Medical Science Honours students in Medical Biochemistry are cum laude graduates, Ms Avishka Chewpersad and Ms Aaliyah Mangerah.  ‘I had a long-term goal of studying Medicine but was never accepted into Medical School during my undergrad years. Getting back into studying, I needed to prove to myself and... Read more
Public health professional bags 6th degree
‘I am extremely proud of this great achievement,’ said Dr Sabina Medal Govere who graduated with a PhD in Public Health. ‘The PhD journey was a test of my perseverance and commitment and I am glad I prevailed. My aspiration is to become an epidemiologist focusing on policy evaluation... Read more
Meet UKZNs top medical student
Saib’s MBChB was conferred on 8 May, accompanied by cheers and applause from the audience, especially his peers and lecturers at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine. Also graduating summa cum laude was his girlfriend, study buddy and life partner, Dr Sameera Alli. ‘All glory and gratitude is to God for... Read more
Rape under philosophy microscope in master’s degree
Rape was the subject of research by Ms Thokomele Banele Zulu who graduated with a Master of Arts in Philosophy degree. Zulu says that growing up in a rural settlement in KwaZulu-Natal, she was always aware of the dangers lurking on the path to her school, mostly the possibility... Read more
KZN corals under the spotlight
Watersport enthusiast and proud father of two Dr Brent Chiazzari knows how to mix business with pleasure – enlisting his underwater diving skills to help pursue his passion for aquatic biology.  The result is a PhD under his diving belt! Chiazzari investigated Scleractinia, a marine invertebrate that forms coral reefs... Read more
Study reveals poor postpartum contraceptive use by young mothers
Does having a child change the contraceptive use behaviour of young mothers? That’s the question Dr Lungisile Shange sought to answer from research she did which earned her a PhD in Population Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Shange’s study focussed on postpartum contraceptive use by mothers aged... Read more
Master Mariner ice pilot graduates with master’s in maritime studies
Captain Knowledge Bengu, Commander of South Africa’s ice-breaking vessel, the SA Agulhas II, graduated with a Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies. Bengu was part of the South African maritime team that played a key role in finding the 107-year-old shipwreck Endurance in the Antarctic waters last year (2022).... Read more
PhD research featured in top international journals
For Dr Samuel Olojede who graduated with his PhD in Clinical Anatomy, the highlight of his studies was seeing data sets from his doctoral research initially resulting in three publications and three citations, which increased by the end of his study to an impressive 25 publications and 286 citations... Read more

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