News of the Department of Human Biology
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Prof Tania Douglas passed away on 20 March 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer.
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.
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
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.
The department is delighted to welcome several adjunct and honorary appointees and congratulate our new colleagues to their appointments.
Congratulations to Prof Vicki Lambert from the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine for being recognised in the 2020 Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers | WOS Highly Cited 2020
In September Tadej Pogačar won the 2020 Tour de France cycle race. Pogačar is a member of the rising UAE Team Emirates, whose medical team is led by Associate Professor Jeroen Swart and includes several other doctors from the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine in the Department of Human Biology.