Study Reveals Preventative Potency of Wild Rosemary in Breast Cancer
Dr Judie Magura’s PhD in Health Sciences (Human Physiology) investigated the effects of the Eriocephalus africanus (wild rosemary plant) in human breast cancer and showcased the potency of nanotechnologically modified flavonoids isolated from the plant.
The first of its kind, it provides comprehensive insight into the anticancer potential of Eriocephalus africanus from plant extract to nano-drug.
‘I am thrilled with this accomplishment and hope to lead a cancer research lab in the future,’ said Magura.
Magura first enrolled in a different PhD programme, but found it did not challenge her. A year into the programme, she was introduced to her supervisor, Professor Irene Mackraj, who steered her on her study journey in Health Sciences. She said that, on first entering the cell culture lab, she knew she had found a home.
Having moved to a new discipline, she encountered some who thought she was too ambitious and not sufficiently skilled in the field. She thus had to work twice as hard, read more, and learn skills quickly.
‘Overall, my experience at UKZN was good. I made connections with some great and inspirational people. I learned scientific skills that I believe will propel me further in my career. I had the opportunity to work with Professor Mackraj and my co-supervisor, Dr Roshila Moodley from whom I learned a great deal. What helped me most was my faith in Jesus Christ.’
The Zimbabwean-born graduate is currently writing a review paper and looking forward to joining a cancer research team. She is grateful for the support of her family, her husband Josiah Magura, and children, Israel and Sophia. When relaxing Magura loves crafting dollhouses and dresses, and other items. Her favourite dish is a Zimbabwean classic, sadza, and covo with meat.
Words: Lihle Sosibo