Lihle Qulu

Dr Lihle Qulu


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Developmental Lecturer

Topic of Dissertation: Rhus chirindensis attenuates the development of febrile seizures in rodents

Supervisors: Dr MV Mabandla and Professor WMU Daniels

Dr Qulu completed her undergraduate degree in Bsc biochemistry at the University of Zulu-Land, Honours and Masters degrees in Medical Sciences at UKZN. She is currently registered for a PhD at UKZN. After her first degree she taught Life Sciences at Lamontville High School four years. In 2010, she was employed by the Discipline of Human Physiology as an Academic Development Officer and in 2013 she was hired as a Developmental Lecturer.

UKZN Lecturer Involved in International Research

PhD student and College of Health Sciences Developmental Lecturer, Ms Lihle Qulu has been invited to join a laboratory in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary in Canada as a visiting student.

Qulu will do research with Professor Quentin Pittman for six months to obtain training relating to seizures and neuroimmune function.

Qulu received the invitation in March after she emailed Pittman at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute Health Sciences Centre to ask if she could visit his laboratory to expand her knowledge on febrile seizures and write a paper with him.

She is currently working towards completing her PhD which is being supervised by Dr Musa Mabandla and co-supervised by Professor William Daniels (Dean: School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences).

‘My research is on the effects of prenatal stress and febrile seizures. We have written three papers on this work, one has been published while the other two are being reviewed,’ said Qulu, who is working on groundbreaking research investigating the link between neonatal cognitive dysfunctions and linking these with prenatal stress and febrile seizures.

‘This research has potential to bring more awareness for pregnant women on how to avoid stress during their term. It is not completely novel, but the way in which we link the two is,’ explained Qulu.

Pittman said he was delighted Qulu would be at his laboratory for her research training and was certain they would have a productive and valuable collaboration.

Qulu was also invited to write a chapter for an international textbook which is also under review.  She is co-supervising four honors and two masters students.

Said Qulu: ‘I want to thank UKZN’s College of Health Sciences Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rob Slotow and Dean of Research, Professor Moses Chimbari, for believing and supporting me financially. I would like to thank my supervisors for giving me world class exposure and training, and also the National Research Foundation (NRF) for funding my studies and this trip.’

Born in Lamontville, Durban, she was raised by a single parent, ‘My mother never imagined her daughter would be going oversees for her studies!

‘I’m a bubbly, happy and outgoing person. I love adventure and challenges; I love people and enjoy doing research.’

What keeps Qulu going is God: ‘I draw my strength from God because life can be challenging in many ways but the strength to rise above that is always through God,’ she added.