School of Life Sciences

Welcome to the School of Life Sciences

Welcome to the School of Life Sciences, which is located on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses. The School has a staff complement of 144 academic and support staff; houses approximately 1600 undergraduate students; and boasts a postgraduate component of 514, engaged in Honours, Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral research.
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Graduation 2022 Highlights

Take a look at some highlights from our Autumn Graduation ceremonies. Join us in celebrating our future leaders as they make their way from student life to post-graduation opportunities.
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Advancing Pharmaceutical Knowledge

Dr Sahejna Bantho is embarking on a career in medicinal plant research on a strong footing after having her master’s degree upgraded to a PhD, achieving top results in the Laboratory for Medicinal Plant Research in the School of Life Sciences, and benefiting from training under the University Capacity Development Programme...
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Biochemistry Researcher Germany-Bound for Nobel Laureate Meeting

Postdoctoral researcher in biochemistry at UKZN Dr Alexandre Delport is one of only 11 South African scientists selected to travel to Germany for the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting at the end of this month. Dedicated to the field of chemistry, the meeting provides a platform for about 35 Nobel Laureates to...
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D’RAP Webinar Highlights City River Management’s Role in Saving Lives

The Durban Research Action Partnership (D’RAP) hosted a webinar that highlighted the issue of urban river management, a topic thrown into sharp focus by the flooding in KwaZulu-Natal in April and May this year. Welcoming more than 40 participants to the event, research co-ordinator Ms Preshnee Singh introduced the D’RAP project, a joint initiative...
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Dean & Head of School

Prof Ademola Olaniran

Ms Xoli Shandu
031 260 1545

The School of Life Sciences is comprised of caring and enthusiastic lecturers ensure that students emerge highly employable, with a rich university experience and a first-class degree in the Life Sciences to their name.

This field of study encompasses all human, plant and animal life – ranging from microscopic germs to elephants and everything in between. Areas of specialisation within UKZN’s School of Life Sciences include:

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