16 May 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 24
Dr Brent Chiazzari at graduation and while collecting coral in the iSimangaliso Marine Protected Area in KZN.

KZN Corals Under the Spotlight

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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!

Cum laude geneticist and Caledonian drummer, Mr Trevor Wilson.

Study Investigates Antimicrobial Resistance in Durban’s Pigeons and Houseflies

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Having obtained his undergraduate and honours degrees at UKZN, Mr Trevor Wilson now has an MSc in Genetics cum laude under his belt.

Ms Myuri Parusnath graduates with her Master’s in Science cum laude.

Research Explores Medicinal Benefits of Velvet Bushwillow

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Ms Myuri Parusnath has graduated with her Master’s in Science cum laude. Her passion for science started as a child when she would create “potions” by mixing lotion, perfume and shampoo.

Dr Hai Xu visiting the Brahmaputra Grand Canyon in Tibet.

Veterinarian Researches Vaccine Delivery and Immunogenicity

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Veterinarian Dr Hai Xu graduated with a PhD in Microbiology from the School of Life Sciences. He completed his undergraduate studies in his home country of China as well as postgraduate studies on a universal vaccine for avian influenza.

Ms Alayka Dookie with her proud parents, Mr Rajesh Dookie and Mrs Nalini Dookie.

Top Achiever Encourages Women to Study Science

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Ms Alayka Dookie graduated with a BSc Honours in Forensic Genetics, cum laude. Upon completing her undergraduate studies in biological sciences at UKZN, Dookie found herself drawn to forensic genetics and registered for the honours programme offered by the School of Life Sciences.

Ms Demi Lamp who now lives in Croatia.

Three Years Done and Dusted and Now a Geologist

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‘Three years done and dusted, and now I’m a geologist!’ exclaimed cum laude Geological Sciences graduate Ms Demi Lamp. ‘It still sounds weird to say,’ she continued. ‘UKZN gave me the opportunity to get an internationally recognised degree that allows me to travel the world and experience natural beauty. I have graduated and I am sitting in Croatia. Just think - you could be here too!’

Ms Nour Mostafa with (from left) her brother, Mr Hussain Mostafa, father Professor Mohamed Mostafa, and mother Dr Wafaa Mostafa.

Passionate Geneticist Graduates with Flying Colours

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‘Define what success means to you and establish a system to achieve it.  Find your passion, find something you love and believe you can use to make the world better and pursue that. True success lies in bettering the world whilst staying true to yourself.’

TB experts and MSc graduates (from left): Ms Kynesha Moopanar, Mr Michael Mbatha, Dr Nontobeko Mvubu (supervisor), Ms Nkanyezi Masondo, and Ms Asanda Nyide.

TB Research Group are the Masters

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UKZN’s TB Pathogenesis and Biomarker Discovery Research Group graduated four MSc students at the Autumn 2023 Graduation.

Genetics enthusiast, Ms Nooran Mahomed Rafeer in the lab and at graduation.

Top Achiever Follows in Parents’ Footsteps

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‘I was born in Durban and have lived here most of my life. My mum and her siblings attended UKZN (then the University of Durban-Westville). Being able to attend a university that generations before me had attended as well as being able to study from the comfort of my home is what motivated me to choose UKZN.’

Dr Kolawole Olofinsan gets capped during his graduation.

Medicinal Plant Research Contributes to Combatting Diabetes

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Dr Kolawole Olofinsan’s PhD study investigated the antidiabetic potential and bioactive phytochemicals of some South African medicinal plants.

Ms Leah Hemraj earns her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Genetics summa cum laude.

Summa Cum Laude Graduate’s Studies Inspire a Medical Career

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Ms Leah Hemraj’s graduation with her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Genetics summa cum laude is paving the way to a career as a medical practitioner that she hopes will help her be a catalyst for change.

Mr Dillon Sivalingam, now a Research Scholar at the University of Vermont.

MSc Candidate Researches Delivery of Cancer Treatments

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Mr Dillon Sivalingam graduated cum laude with his Master of Science (MSc) degree specialising in Biochemistry. After matriculating with six distinctions at the young age of 17, Sivalingam decided to stay close to home and pursue a Bachelor of Science degree at UKZN majoring in Biochemistry and Genetics.

Ms Bianca Singh with her father, Mr Gerald Singh, and mother, Mrs Salome Singh.

Have the Courage to Continue, Says Top Graduate

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To graduate with a BSc in Applied Chemistry is not an everyday occurrence.  To do so summa cum laude is exceptional. For Ms Bianca Singh, this was the reward for her consistent hard work and dedication to her studies.

Senior lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, Dr Shakira Shaik with graduates, Ms Preleen Reddy (left) and Ms Shenaid Naidoo (right).

Working Women in Science Showcased

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Dr Shakira Shaik, senior lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, is extremely proud of her two MSc Biology graduates Ms Preleen Reddy and Ms Shenaid Naidoo as both young women completed their degrees while working full-time.