Dr Oliver Zishiri
Dr Oliver Zishiri 
Dr Oliver Zishiri is a specialist Population and Quantitative Geneticist. He earned the following degrees in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa: BSc Hons, MSc and PhD.

Dr Zishiri is the first black African to be awarded an MSc cum laude (March 2009) well as a PhD (March 2012) in Animal Breeding and Genetics by Stellenbosch University.

Apart from lecturing, Dr Zishiri’s research interests are in the application of Population Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics in the conservation of endangered wildlife and domesticated animal species.
 Quote:   "One thing I have learnt in my personal struggles in life is never to overvalue what I do not have but rather to value what I have and to exploit my talents for the benefit of humanity".
Position:   Lecturer 
Qualifications:   PhD
MSc cum laude
BSc (Hons)
Discipline:   Genetics
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 8616/ 072 901 8055
 Recent Publications:  

Mkize, N., Zishiri, OT. & Mukaratirwa, S., 2017, ‘Genetic characterisation of antimicrobial resistance and virulence genes in Staphylococcus aureus isolated from commercial broiler chickens in the Durban metropolitan area, South Africa’, Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 88(0), a1416. https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v88i0.1416


Zishiri, O.T., Mkhize, N., Mukaratirwa, S., 2016. Prevalence of virulence and antimicrobial resistance genes in Salmonella spp. isolated from commercial chickens and human clinical isolates from South Africa and Brazil. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 83 (1), a1067. http: //dx.doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v83i1.1067


Mkize, L.S., Mukaratirwa, S., Zishiri, O.T., 2016. Population genetic structure of the freshwater snail, Bulinus globosus, (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) from selected habitats of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Acta Tropica 161 (1), 91-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2016.06.001


Nxele, T.C., Plisko, D.J., Mwabvu, T., Zishiri, O.T., 2016. A new family Kazimierzidae for the genus Kazimierzus, earlier recorded to the composite Microchaetidae (Annelida, Oligochaeta). African Invertebrates 57 (2): 111-117. https://doi.org/10.3897/AfrInvertebr.57.10042

Zishiri, O.T., Cloete, S.W.P., Olivier, J.J., Dzama, K., 2014. Genetic parameter estimates for live weight traits in South African terminal sire sheep breeds. Small Ruminants Research (116), 118-125. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smallrumres.2013.11.005

Zishiri, O.T., Cloete, S.W.P., Olivier, J.J., Dzama, K., 2013. Genetic parameter estimates for subjectively assessed and objectively measured traits in South African Dorper sheep. Small Ruminants Research (109), 84-93. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smallrumres.2012.07.014

Zishiri, O.T., Cloete, S.W.P., Olivier, J.J., Dzama, K., 2013. Genetic parameters for growth, reproduction and fitness traits in the South African Dorper sheep breed. Small Ruminant Research (112), 39-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smallrumres.2013.01.004

Zishiri, O.T., Cloete, S. W. P., Olivier, J. J. & Dzama, K, 2013. Genetic trends for objectively measured and subjectively assessed traits in a South African Dorper sheep flock. Tropical Animal Health and Production (45) 517–524. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/s11250-012-0251-9

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