The College of Health Sciences has Research Coordinators available as a resource to provide research support to staff and students registered for postgraduate studies. Their role is mainly facilitatory – to ensure progress during the research from conception to completion: essentially to assist with the protocol development, to mentor the students on the science aspect of the research project, to assist students to identify and work on challenges that hinder progress as well as to provide guidance with the writing up of the research product (dissertation/thesis or journal article). Their support is complimentary to that provided by the supervisor. The research coordinators have research experience and are qualified in various disciplines.
Please find their contact details and biosketches below:
Ms Anuskha Ajith
BSc Microbial Biotechnology, BSc Honours Microbiology, MSc Plant Breeding. Ms Ajith has five years working experience as a Researcher in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology where she managed the Molecular Biology laboratory at the ARC – Small Grain Institute. She was then employed at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine as a Scientific Editor and is currently pursuing a PhD in Plant Breeding and is involved in a Medical Education study.
Dr Lungi Mkhize-Kwitshana
Registered Medical Scientist (Immunologist), qualified as a Medical Technologist in Clinical Pathology (Medical Microbiology, Haematology and Chemical Pathology and a Specialist Diploma in Chemical Pathology). Dr Mkhize-Kwitshana worked in routine diagnostics laboratories for 10 years. She has a Masters in Medical Microbiology and a PhD in Immunology. She also worked for the Medical Research Council for 14 years as a Research Medical Scientist, specialising in co-infections. Her special interests are in HIV Immunology and parasite co-infections. Diverse expertise in research (laboratory and field-based).
Professor Miriam Adhikari
Emeritus Professor (Paediatrics) MBChB FCP(Paeds) PhD. Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.Former HOD of Paediatrics for ten years. Neonatologist. Special interest in Paediatric Nephrology.
Dr Serela Ramklass
Physiotherapist, Health sciences education.
Dr Colleen Aldous
Specialist area : Genetics
Experienced in assisting research in various clinical disciplines such as surgery, pediatrics, anaesthetics and audiology.