School of Life Sciences

Prof Carola Niesler

Associate Professor

Carola Niesler is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Academic Leader of Biotechnology in the School of Life Sciences, UKZN. She also serves as Scientific Director of NEXT Biosciences and an advisor to the cellular meat production company Mogale Meat Co. She received her PhD from the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK, and, as an NRF-rated scientist, has more than 20 years’ experience in the area of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. She is a member of the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS) as well as the IZFS Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee. With an H index of 16 (ISI), she has published more than 35 internationally peer-reviewed articles and has graduated more than 50 postgraduate students.

Research interests

  • Stem cells
  • Wound repair
  • Regeneration
  • Exosomes
  • Skeletal muscle
  • Diabetes
  • Cellular communication.

Research profiles