School of Life Sciences

Dr Shakira Shaik

Senior Lecturer

Dr Shaik is a senior lecturer in the Life Sciences and has been involved in teaching and research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 2001. Her current research focus is on the establishment of natural breeding populations of orphan crops/African leafy vegetables that are high in essential micronutrients.

Research interests

Plant propagation

In vitro plant cultures

Plant bioreactor technology

Seed biology


Orphan crops

Plant-mediated nanoparticle synthesis


Research profiles