School of Laboratory Medicine & Medical Sciences

Study Highlights Linkage between Febrile Seizures, Epilepsy and Depression

Dr Alese Oluwole Ojo’s study on the link between prolonged febrile seizures, development of epilepsy later in life and depression earned him a PhD in Health Sciences (Physiology). Supervised by Professor Musa Mabandla, Ojo found that prolonged febrile seizures affect the development of epilepsy and influences its complications, especially depression....
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Study Examines the Toxic Effect of Fusaric Acid on Human and Animal Health

Changes in epigenetic mechanisms are the initiating factors for several underlying diseases. It is hence important to understand the changes induced by food-borne toxins such as Fusaric Acid. Dr Terisha Ghazi was awarded a PhD in Medical Biochemistry for her study that showed that Fusaric Acid induces changes in DNA...
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Study Explores Long-Term Effect of Pre-Eclampsia on the Brain

Dr Olayemi Ijomone’s research study found that a history of pre-eclampsia predisposes the mother and her offspring to a higher risk of long-term neurological complications/deficits later in life through neuroinflammation. The study, which was conducted at UKZN’s School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, earned her a Doctor of Philosophy...
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PhD for Study on Effective and Cheaper Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

Dr Adu Temitope Samson was awarded a PhD in Physiology for his study on an alternative, effective and cheaper method to manage Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder characterised by the degeneration of the dopaminergic system and manifests through muscle rigidity, involuntary tremor and dyskinesia. Samson’s study investigated...
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CAPRISA Staff Member Completes a PhD in Record Time

Dr Buyisile Chibi, a Research Associate at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), graduated with a doctoral degree in Public Health within two-and-a-half years whilst also publishing six papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and one scientific report. Her study encourages the KwaZulu-Natal health authorities...
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Summa Cum Laude Pass for High Flyer

‘I am proud of myself because of the hard work and dedication I put into my studies,’ said Miss Karishma Naidoo who was awarded her degree summa cum laude and was named Best Overall B Med Science (Physiology) student in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences. Naidoo is...
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Passion for Anatomy Pays Dividends

‘I feel incredibly proud and elated that all the hard work, sacrifice and perseverance paid off in the end,’ said Mr Livashin Naidu after being awarded his B Med Science Honours degree summa cum laude and earning the titles of overall best B Med Science Honours Student, best overall achiever...
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What Influences Our Choices of Healthcare Practices?

Lecturer in Human Physiology in the School of Laboratory Medicine at UKZN, Dr Hlengiwe Mbongwa was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) for her study on the reasons for using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat or manage an existing condition such as diabetes; or to promote health...
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Pioneering Study Explores the Protective Effects of Metformin in the Brain and Kidneys

Dr Taskeen Fathima Docrat graduated with a PhD in Medical Biochemistry for her study on the protective effects of Metformin in the brain and kidney. Her research revealed that the drug overcomes the alterations induced by diabetes in these organs at the molecular level. The first of its kind, the...
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A Culinary Herb that Alleviates High Blood Pressure

Evaluating the antihypertensive effect of Tulbaghia acutiloba Harv, a medicinal plant used as a culinary herb in southern Africa was the focus of a doctoral thesis in Human Physiology by a young researcher in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, Dr Isaiah Kofi Arhin. This was the first...
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Physiology Study Investigates African Plants with Antidiabetic Properties

Dr Bongani Alphonse Nkala’s PhD in Physiology investigated eight South African plants that are traditionally used for medical purposes but have not been scientifically validated. Nkala found that certain plants used by traditional healers to manage diabetes have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory or antidiabetic properties. ‘I believe that African traditional medicine is...
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Welcome to the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences

The School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (SLMMS) combines the disciplines associated with Pathology and Laboratory Medicine with the basic Medical Sciences of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, which underpin the clinical curricula. In the context of patient care and clinical decision making, the involvement of the disciplines of Laboratory Medicine are required in more than 80% of clinical decision making at all levels from outpatient care for ambulant patients to inpatient care for the critically ill patient.

The School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences is made up of the following  Disciplines:


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Important Documents

Registration Information Booklet 2020
Postgraduate Prospectus
Student guidline to financial transactions
Undergraduate Information brochure
Template for cover letter submission
Application for postgrad submission