Zodwa Dlamini (biochemist)

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Zodwa Dlamini
Born KwaZulu-Natal
Alma mater

University of the Western Cape

University of Natal
Scientific career
Institutions

University of Western Cape
University of Witwatersrand
University of Bristol

University of Limpopo

Zodwa Dlamini is a South African biochemist and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. She researches molecular oncology. She is a former Vice President of the South African Medical Research Council and is a member of the Council for Scientific Advisers for the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

Early life and education[edit]

Dlamini was born in the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.[1] She worked as an administration clerk in provincial health before starting a degree in Pharmacy.[2] She was not happy, and switched to Biochemistry and Microbiology, earning Bachelor's degrees at the University of the Western Cape.[2][3] She moved to the University of Natal for her Master's and PhD.[3]

Career[edit]

After her PhD, Dlamini returned to the University of the Western Cape as a postdoctoral fellow in molecular oncology.[4] In 2002 she joined the University of the Witwatersrand, where she studied the toxicity of traditional African beer.[2][5] In 2007 she was awarded an National Cancer Institute investigator opportunity award.[6] She joined the University of Limpopo as an Associate Professor in 2014.[7]

She was appointed the lead of the research directorate at the Mangosuthu University of Technology in 2015.[8] In July 2017 Dlamini was confirmed as a member of the Council for Scientific Advisers for the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.[4] She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol.[9][10]

Dlamini is concerned about education within the local community and supports schools in accounting, maths and physics.[11] She believes that Mangosuthu University of Technology can improve the lives of the people in Umlazi.[2] She is a member of the steering committee of the Academy of Science of South Africa's STEM education group.[6]

In 2017 she led a delegation of Mangosuthu University of Technology scientists to the Dublin Institute of Technology.[12] She is interested in precision medicine. Dlamini has contributed to two books about cancer, including Current Immunotherapeutic Treatments in Colon Cancer and South African Herbal Extracts as Potential Chemopreventive Agents: Screening for Anticancer Splicing Activity.[13][14][15] Her current research looks at abnormal MicroRNA in cancers associated with HIV.[16] The project received R6 million over three years from the South African Medical Research Council.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professor Dlamini: DVC-RIE Portfolio – R I E". www.rie.co.za. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  2. ^ a b c d "Her way of taking science to the people | Sunday Tribune". Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  3. ^ a b "Zodwa Dlamini | Mangosuthu University of Technology, South Africa | Bioengineering 2016 | Conferenceseries". bioengineering.conferenceseries.com. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  4. ^ a b "Top international appointment for Prof Zodwa Dlamini, DVC Research, Innovation and Engagements – R I E". www.rie.co.za. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  5. ^ "Traditional beer & oesophageal cancer". Health-e. 2007-03-18. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  6. ^ a b "MUT-Spirit-November-2015". Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  7. ^ ORCID. "Zodwa Dlamini (0000-0002-8012-3646) - ORCID | Connecting Research and Researchers". orcid.org. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  8. ^ "Research and Innovation | Mangosuthu University of Technology". iww.co.za. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  9. ^ "Zodwa Dlamini | Professor Translational Oncogenomics & Molecular Pathology, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, United Kingdom | Editorial Board Member". www.annexpublishers.com. Open Access Journal | Annex Publishers. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  10. ^ "Organizer Details - iCBBE 2015". www.icbbe.org. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  11. ^ "Umlazi High Schools grade 12 results set to improve because of the COE | Mangosuthu University of Technology". iww.co.za. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  12. ^ "MUT enhances its international presence | Mangosuthu University of Technology". iww.co.za. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  13. ^ Dlamini, Zodwa; Khoza, Thandeka; Hull, Rodney; Choene, Mpho; Mkhize-Kwitshana, Zilungile (2016-09-07), "Current Immunotherapeutic Treatments in Colon Cancer", Colorectal Cancer - From Pathogenesis to Treatment, InTech, doi:10.5772/63212, ISBN 9789535125440, retrieved 2018-07-15
  14. ^ "Prof Dlamini contributes chapters to two cancer books | Mangosuthu University of Technology". iww.co.za. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  15. ^ Dlamini, Zodwa; Mbita, Zukile; Bates, David O.; Bates, David (2016). "South African Herbal Extracts as Potential Chemopreventive Agents: Screening for Anticancer Splicing Activity". Methods in Molecular Biology (Clifton, N.J.). 1379: 201–211. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-3191-0_18. ISSN 1940-6029. PMID 26608302.
  16. ^ a b "Prof Zodwa Dlamini, Leading the Mut Research Agenda by Example" (PDF). MUT. 2016. Retrieved 2018-06-15.