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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Public Lecture By Professor Rob Slotow | 1 Dec

Join us for an entertaining and informative look at the interesting research being undertaken by CAES academics.
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PRIS 2022 | 8 & 9 Dec

Join us for this two-day online post-graduate conference where you will get see: Almost 200 oral/ flash presentations, Keynote address from Dr Debra Roberts, Close to 30 industry exhibitions, Lucky draw prizes and the Official prize-giving ceremony.
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UKZN’s Public Relations Divisions Among the Best in the Country

UKZN won six awards at the 2022 Marketing, Communication and Advancement in Education (MACE) Excellence Awards which recognise excellence and achievements among marketing, advancement and communication practitioners in the Higher Education sector. The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) Public Relations (PR) team picked up four awards. The first was a...
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High Tea Celebrates Women in STEM

Howard College’s UNITE building was abuzz with beauty and brains as the top STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) female students at UKZN gathered for a celebratory High Tea. The event, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson under the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design (WiSTEM2D) banner, aimed...
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Saving the Environment – Using the Little Things

UKZN’s Professor Johnson Lin is fascinated with the little things. As a microbiologist, his main focus of research is on environmental microbiology and bioremediation, and he used the occasion of his inaugural lecture to share his insights into this area. ‘Advancement in science and biotechnology have progressively aided mankind through...
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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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