26 May 2021 Volume :9 Issue :19

Top Honours Student in Physiology

Top Honours Student in Physiology
Overall achiever and honours graduate, Ms Karishma Naidoo.

Miss Karishma Naidoo was named overall Best B Med Science Honours Student and best overall achiever in B Med Science Honours Physiology at the College of Health Sciences’ annual awards.

Her honours project investigated the effects of prediabetes on calcium homeostasis in male Sprague Dawley rats. It was supervised by Dr Andile Khathi and co-supervised by Dr Phikelelani Ngubane. According to Naidoo, few studies have focused on the prediabetic state despite the fact that many of the complications associated with Type 2 diabetes mellitus begin in this state. Determining the early markers of the complications associated with Type 2 diabetes could potentially prevent diabetes and the complications associated with it,’ she said.

Naidoo is currently registered for a master’s within UKZN’s Discipline of Human Physiology. She obtained her Bachelor of Medical Science: Physiology summa cum laude and was the overall best third-year student.

‘Academics has always been important to me. Seeing my younger sister Derushka, who is in her first-year of medicine excel in her studies has motivated me to work equally hard and fulfil my purpose to be the best version of myself.’

She thanked her parents, Don and Sharmaine for always supporting her and understanding her choices. In her spare time, she enjoys singing pop music, dancing and gardening.

Words: Lihle Sosibo

Photograph: Supplied

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