Dr Diane van Staden

Dr van Staden is an Optometrist. She is currently the Academic Leader for the Discipline of Optometry, School of Health Sciences, UKZN. Her responsibilities include managing the academic programme within the discipline and the supervision of postgraduate research students. She was central in the development and implementation of a Decentralised Community-Based training model for optometry. Her...
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Dr Saul Cobbing

Dr Cobbing is a Physiotherapist and Biokineticist, and currently is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, UKZN. His duties include teaching and supervising research for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is also a facilitator for the decentralised training programme for undergraduate students. His proposed project for DRILL aims to develop...
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Dr Mbali Mhlongo

Dr Mhlongo is a Registered Nurse, Midwife, manager and Primary Health Care nurse. She followed her nursing career with extensive study both in SA and abroad. She is also a lecturer in the Discipline of Nursing, School of Nursing and Public Health, UZKN. She completed an Advanced Health management programme with Yale University and the Foundation for Professional Development. The aim for her...
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Prof. Verusia Chetty

Professor Verusia Chetty is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Physiotherapy. A physiotherapist who has practiced both nationally and internationally and joined the Department of Physiotherapy at UKZN in 2009. She is also the Academic leader of Teaching and Learning, School of Health Sciences, UKZN. Her duties include supervising postgraduate students. She completed her PhD where she...
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Dr Varsha Bangalee

Dr Bangalee is a Pharmacist and a lecturer in the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences, UKZN. She supervises postgraduate students and is a lecturer on the on-line Master’s program in Pharmacoeconomics. Her project for DRILL will focus on the use, benefit and applicability of Health Technology Assessments (HTA) with regard to pharmaceutical pricing, policy monitoring...
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Dr Lihle Qulu

Dr Qulu is a Neuroscientist and is a lecturer in the Discipline of Human Physiology, School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, UKZN. Her study focuses on developing an animal model of sexual defeat to assess behavioural and neuronal changes of both victim and sexual offender and understanding other factors that affect sexual defeat. Her aims as a DRILL Fellow are to improve as a...
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Dr Thabisile Mpofana

Dr Mpofana is a Neuroscientist and is interested in Neuroscience research, neurodegenerative disorders, and the study of addiction. She is a developmental lecturer in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences at UKZN. Her aims as a DRILL Research Fellow are to learn mentorship and teaching skills to help her develop others. She also seeks to learn how to manage research programmes,...
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Dr Bongani Nkambule

Dr Nkambule is a Medical Biological Scientist in the Discipline of Haematology. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Human Physiology, School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, UKZN and is responsible for the supervision of postgraduate research students. Dr Nkambule’s study focuses on inflammation and thrombosis in conditions such as HIV and Type 2 diabetes. As a...
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Dr Wendy Mphatswe

Dr Mphatswe is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and is a lecturer in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Clinical Medicine, UKZN. She also has the role of quality improvement advisor in healthcare for a research project at Hlabisa in KZN in collaboration with Africa Centre and the Centre for Rural Health at UKZN. She has spent the majority of her professional career in the...
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Dr Jacobus Hendricks

Dr Hendricks is a Molecular Immunologist and a lecturer in the Discipline of Human Physiology, School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, UKZN. He is responsible for the supervision of research students. Hendricks current research explores the impact of HIV on infected person’s immune systems cellular structures through a study of individuals who are already infected with HIV. His goals...
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