School of Life Sciences

Prof Shahidul Islam


Prof Islam is one of leading and Top 15 researchers (2019) of UKZN who is holding a C2 rating from National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa since 2016. His major area of research is type 2 diabetes and obesity while he has published almost 140 papers in the international peer reviewer journals including 8 reviews but excluding 10 book chapters and one editorial. He is also serving as a member of the editorial board and guest editor of a number of international peer reviewed journals in the area of his research. Apart from above, Prof Islam is also serving as an Academic Leader for the Biotechnology (Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology) cluster in Westville Campus and previously served as a Chair of the University Animal Research Ethics Committee (AREC). He has also awarded 2015 College Distinguished Teacher Award for his teaching excellence.

Research interests

Type 2 diabetes and obesity

Animal model development

Antidiabetic, antiobesogenic and toxicological interventional trials

Mechanisms behind the antidiabetic effects of various plant extracts, fractions, isolated pure compounds, medicinal and functional foods, food supplements and artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes

Research profiles