School of Life Sciences



The School of Life Sciences is home to world-class researchers who seek sustainable solutions for problems faced by contemporary society. Often, these researchers work as part of multi-disciplinary groups, providing unique and useful insights. 

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Prof Gueguim Kana

Academic Leader: Research | 033 260 5527

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The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). 

It is designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities through the establishment of Research Chairs at public universities in South Africa with a long-term investment trajectory of up to fifteen years.

There are the SARChI research chairs in the School of Life Sciences.

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Prof Colleen Downs

Chair of Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity | 033 260 5126

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NRF A-Rated Researchers

A-rated researchers are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their respective fields, for the high quality and impact of recent research outputs. Acquiring an NRF rating generates considerable acknowledgement and respect for the individual researchers as well as their institutions.

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Prof Colin Chapman

NRF A-Rated Researcher

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Prof Craig Packer

NRF A-Rated Researcher | +44 612 625 5729

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Prof Steven Johnson

NRF A-Rated Researcher | 033 260 5148

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Student dissertations

Research Space is an institutional repository of the University’s publications. It was developed to increase the visibility, availability and impact of its research output. Take a look at publications from the disciplines within the School of Life Sciences.