Dr Shakira Shaik
Shaik 
 
Dr Shakira Shaik received a BSc (Hons) from the then University of Durban-Westville in 1997 and thereafter completed her MSc in 2000 at the same University. She joined the University of Durban-Westville in 2001 as a full-time academic. She completed her PhD in the newly-formed University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2011.

She has taught/is currently lecturing in the School of Life Sciences in Biol195 (Augmented Biology), BIOL300 (Professional skills for biologists writing skills), BIOL316 (Animal and Plant Biotechnology), BIOL390 (Biology Research project), BIOL747 (Plant Biotechnology Honours). She is a member of the Propagation for Food Research Group in the School. She has published several well-cited articles in international journals.

Position:   Lecturer
Qualifications:   PhD (Biology-Plant Biotechnology)
MSc (Plant Systematics)
BSc Hons (Plant Systematics/Plant Physiology)
BPaed Sc (Botany & Education)
     
Discipline:   Cellular Biology
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 7773
 Email:   shaiksh@ukzn.ac.za
     
 Recent Publications:   S. Shaik, L. Mkize, M. Khumalo, N. Singh. 2014. Tetradenia riparia-mediated synthesis of nano-gold particles. Digest Journal of Nanomaterials and Biostructures, 9(2): 567– 573.

Shaik, S., Govender, K., Leanya, M. 2014. GA3-mediated dormancy alleviation in the reputed African potato, Hypoxis hemerocallidea. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, 11(2):330-333. DOI: 10.4314/ajtcam.v11i2.17.

Shakira Shaik, Nisha Singh, Ashley Nicholas. 2011. HPLC and GC analyses of in vitro-grown leaves of the cancer bush Lessertia (Sutherlandia) frutescens L. reveal higher yields of bioactive compounds. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture, 105:431–438. DOI:10.1007/s11240-010-9884-4.

Shakira Shaik, Nisha Singh, Ashley Nicholas. 2011. Cytokinin-induced organogenesis in Lessertia (Sutherlandia) frutescens L. using hypocotyl and cotyledon explants affects yields of L-canavanine in shoots. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture, 105:439–446. DOI: 10.1007/s11240-010-9885-3.

Shakira Shaik, Yaser Hassan Dewir, Nisha Singh and Ashley Nicholas. 2010. Micropropagation and bioreactor studies of the medicinally important plant Lessertia (Sutherlandia) frutescens L. South African Journal of Botany, 76:180–186. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2009.10.005.
     
Postgraduate Candidates:    PG Candidates

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