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2020/2021 NRF Hamilton Naki Award for Professor Sharon Prince
Thu, 04 Nov 2021 - 15:30

Professor Sharon Prince, Head of the Department of Human Biology at UCT, received the prestigious Hamilton Naki Award at the annual National Research Foundation (NRF) Special Recognition Awards Ceremony held on 2 November 2021.

Epilepsy in SA investigated through unique collaboration
Mon, 04 Oct 2021 - 15:00

Emerging researcher Dr Joseph Raimondo, a senior lecturer in UCT's Department of Human Biology is investigating through his recently awarded Wellcome Trust International Intermediate Fellowship epilepsy, a neurological disorder affecting 50 million people globally that arises from malfunctioning brain networks that result in seizures.

Sudesh Sivarasu and Malebogo Ngoepe appointed as UCT Research Centre directors
Sat, 11 Sep 2021 - 09:45

Congratulations to Associate Professors Sudesh Sivarasu and Malebogo Ngoepe to their recent apointment as directors of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre and the Centre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics at UCT.

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Welcome to visiting researcher Dr Jerry Ochola
Wed, 01 Sep 2021 - 11:30

Welcome to Dr Jerry Ochola from Moi University in Kenya to a nine-month research visit to the Mechanobiology Lab funded through an Africa Research Excellence Fund fellowship.

Youth Month: Find your passion, says 24-year-old lecturer
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 - 16:45

Jeshika Luckrajh, Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy in UCT's Department of Human Biology, talks about her steep trajectory into academia at the age of just 23 (she’s now 24) and the importance of mentors.

BME PhD student Xolisile Thusini awarded UCT VC Mamokgethi Phakeng scholarship
Sun, 13 Jun 2021 - 11:15

Ms Xolisile Thusini, PhD student in the Division of Biomedical Engineering under supervision of A/Prof Tinashe Mutsvangwa, has been awarded the 2021 UCT VC Mamokgethi Phakeng scholarship. Congratulations to Xolisile to this outstanding recognition!

Celebrating Africa Day
Tue, 25 May 2021 - 11:15

Africa Day provides us with an occasion to celebrate the history of Mother Africa, our continent, rich in heritage and culture. Similarly, our department is blessed in having a diverse complement of staff and students from all across her land. As we and our fellow Africans continue to face numerous challenges, let us reflect on how our diverse culture and heritage can be leveraged for positive change on our beloved continent.

Portrait of Prof Tania Douglas on stage durign her TED talk
In memory of Prof Tania Douglas
Thu, 25 Mar 2021 - 13:30

Prof Tania Douglas passed away on 20 March 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Lecturer and students around skeleton in anatomy class
Teaching the teachers - Short course on teaching in HUB
Sat, 20 Feb 2021 - 11:15

HUB organises with UCT's Centre for Higher Education Development a short course for its staff on educational theories and pedagogies to become more effective educators to our students and mentors of teaching practices to our next-generation educators.


In remembrance: Sharmilah Booley
Mon, 18 Jan 2021 - 15:45

Sharmilah was a cherished colleague, friend and teacher and a ray of sunshine, with a bubbly personality, ready smile and good humour. She will be sorely missed but will not be forgotten by those of us who were fortunate to know her | Watch the memorial service

(From left) Megan Petersen, Shirees Benjamin, Michael Cassar and Jacques Jacobs, members of the team that manages HUB's body donor programme.
HUB body donor programme continues despite COVID-19
Wed, 23 Dec 2020 - 12:30

Thanks to rigorous COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the Department of Human Biology has maintained its body donor programme without risking staff or students. The programme is essential to teaching anatomy and new surgical techniques.

Welcome to our Adjunct and Honorary Appointees
Wed, 09 Dec 2020 - 12:45

The department is delighted to welcome several adjunct and honorary appointees and congratulate our new colleagues to their appointments.