Departments Health Sciences
|Head of Programme: Biomedical Technology – Dr JN Mbatha
Tel: 031 373 5280
Dr JN Mbatha joined the department after serving many years in industry. She worked almost 16 years in Edendale Hospital, in the microbiology, immunology and chemical pathology laboratories, before going to King Edward VIII hospital Microbiology Laboratory where she pursued her Masters research. She registered and completed her M Med Sc in Medical Microbiology with University of Natal. This focused on sexually transmitted infections with a specific interest in Bacterial Vaginosis. Her PhD study enrolled teenage girls as participants because of the S.A. Government initiative in the introduction of HPV vaccine to school going girls to protect them against cervical cancer. She identified a need to describe high-risk HPV genotypes circulating in KwaZulu-Natal and also to investigate self-sampling as an option for collection of samples for HPV analysis. The study was undertaken because HPV research is lacking in KZN. At Edendale Hospital Dr Mbatha worked as a Chief Medical Technologist and technologist in charge of the Microbiology Laboratory, and hence responsible for the running of the laboratory. After joining DUT, Dr Mbatha lectures Introduction to Medical Technology, Biochemistry and Foundation Biochemistry to first year N Dip. in Biomedical Technology students as well as Integrated Pathophysiology to BTech Biomed Tech students.
|Senior Lecturer: Dr P Pillay
Tel: 031 373 5423
Dr P Pillay a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Technology. She was the Head of Department during 2008- 2014. She is a cytotechnologist who has completed a Bachelor of Technology in Biomedical Technology at DUT. She has also completed a Masters in Public Health from UKZN. Her research focused on an area close to her heart, cervical cancer among South African women. Dr Pillay lectures Cellular Pathology II and Cellular Pathology III to undergraduates and Laboratory Management to the postgraduate B Tech students. She also engages in supervision of B Tech and post graduate students.
|Senior Lecturer: Mrs B T Mkhize
Tel: 031 373 5297
Mrs B T Mkhize is a senior lecturer in the department. Having completed a Masters of Technology in Biomedical Technology at DUT, she is now pursuing her PhD. Her research centres around HIV and immunology in South Africa. She has served many years in industry, working at the Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. Here she worked in both the Immunology and Haematology laboratories. She was a senior medical technologist and was closely involved with student medical technologist and technician training, and clinical laboratory work. Mrs Mkhize teaches undergraduate Haematology II and Haemataology III, and postgraduate Research Methodology. She is responsible for all matters relating to the part time students, and together with another staff member, is involved in student intake.
|Lecturer: Ms T S Ndlovu
Tel: 031 373 5298
Ms Ndlovu served many years in industry, in the field of microbiology. She is the co ordinator for our ECP programme. She has a Masters of Technology in Biomedical Technology at DUT. Ms Ndlovu teaches undergraduate Pathophysiology and Microbiology I, II and III.
|Lecturer: Mr D Govender
Tel: 031 373 5292
Mr Govender is a multi graduate of DUT, obtaining his NHD in Medical Technology and certification in Project Management from DUT Business Studies Unit. He is currently pursuing his M.Tech in Biomedical Technology. Mr Govender lectures mainly Chemical Pathology II and Chemical Pathology III, but he is also involved in Communication Skills. He oversees the WIL component in the programme, viz Laboratory Practice 3.
|Lecturer: Mr C Sydney
Tel: 031 373 5290
Mr C Sydney gave up the post of Laboratory Manager to join the Department as a lecturer. He has obtained his M Med Science degree while a staff member at the Anatomical Pathology Laboratory at IALCH. Mr Sydney has expertise in Laboratory Management, Molecular Biology and is currently lecturing Cellular Pathology 1. Mr Sydney enjoys working with students as opposed to working in the Laboratory industry.