Departments Health Sciences
|Programme Coordinator: Dr Sherilene Benjamin
Tel: 031 373 3080 / 5411
Dr Sherilene Benjamin has her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Technology, Health Sciences. She trained, qualified and practiced for 22 years in the specialised field of Nephrology. Dr Benjamin has been a Clinical unit manager of Nephrology (Dialysis) units for several years. She has trained many students and medical staff in the field of Nephrology. Dr Benjamin has been a part time lecturer for Nephrology 3 since 2007. In 2015 Dr Benjamin has joined the Durban University of Technology, the Clinical Technology Programme. She currently lectures Organ and Systems Pathophysiology in the second level and Foundation Biomedical Apparatus for first level.
|Senior Lecturer: Dr R Prakaschandra
Tel: 031 373 6885
Dr Rosaley Prakaschandra is a Senior Lecturer and has MMed Sci (Cardiology) and a PhD from the School of Clinical Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She trained and qualified as a Cardiac Technologist and practiced for 15 years before joining the Clinical Technology Programme in 2009. She has been involved in the training of medical staff and students as well as in academic research, particularly in aspects of Cardiovascular research and diagnostic techniques. Dr Prakaschandra served as the Head of Department from April 2014 until July 2020, and on various university and national committees since. She currently serves on the Health Professions Council of South Africa as the Universities South Africa representative. She is a full member of the South African Heart Association, the South African Society of Cardiovascular Research, as well an associate member of the European Society of Cardiology. Dr Prakaschandra lectures Research Methodology I, II and the Research Project A & B, as well as the specialist Cardiology category modules for the BHSc in Clinical Technology qualification. She is involved in a few community projects, has a developing publication record, supervises and examines postgraduate students at master’s and PhD levels across the institution, as well as externally.
|Lecturer: Mr M Memela
Tel: 031 373 5293
Mr Memela has an M Tech in Clinical Technology obtained from Durban University of Technology. He qualified as a Clinical Technologist from M L Sultan Technikon and worked in the various public hospitals in the Durban metropolitan area as a Critical care Technologist and then joined DUT in 2003 as a Junior Lecturer. His area of research interest involves critical care, renal and its instrumentations systems. Mr Memela serves as the head of programme for Clinical Technology. He teaches undergraduate Biomedical Instruments and Procedures 2, and Biomedical Apparatus 3, Clinical Practice 3 and Clinical Technology practice 3 in critical care. He supervises B Tech and co-supervises of M Tech students.
Mr Chris Mdluli
Mr Chris Mdluli holds an MSc Medicine in Applied Sciences degree from Wits Medical School. The area of study interest was Neurophysiology and sleep medicine. He also has an MA degree from the University of Johannesburg. The area of interest was public policy and mental health. Whilst in private practice, he worked as a part-time consultant lecturer for Legislative environment at Wits Business School in 2007 and 2008. He also obtained an overseas qualification, a certificate in surgical Neurophysiology; International Society of Intra-operative Neurophysiology (ISIN). The course was initiated and is mentored by Professors Francisco Sala and Vedran Deletis. This rotating course was done from 2013 and competed in Brazil in 2015. He joined the Health Sciences faculty at the Durban University of Technology in 2018, after having worked as a Chief in Clinical Technology: Neurophysiology at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Durban, assigned for clinical and surgical neurophysiology work from 2016. He is responsible for teaching Introduction to Clinical Technology, Body Organs and Systems as well as Clinical Practice. He also does supervision work for final year Degree students. He is currently finalising his PhD. The area of current research interest is Intra-operative neurophysiology.