Departments Health Sciences
|Head of Department & Senior Lecturer: Dr N Mbatha
Tel: 031 373 5280
Dr N 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.
|Programme Coordinator: 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.
|Senior Lecturer: Dr P Pillay
Tel: 031 373 5423
Dr P Pillay a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Technology and is currently seconded to the position of Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She was the Head of Department during 2008- 2013. She is a cytotechnologist who completed the Bachelor of Technology in Biomedical Technology qualification at DUT. She completed her Masters and PhD qualifications in Public Health. She has worked in academia for 24 years and has gained academic knowledge and experience; developed scholarly associations and affiliations at local, national and international spheres. Her research interest is in women’s health, particularly cervical cancer, since she feels strongly that this is a preventable disease that many women in developing countries succumb to. Her masters research focused on the cervical cancer screening programme and her PhD research focused on the diagnostic aspects of the link between female genital schistsomiasis and cervical cancer. Her other research interests include infectious diseases, public health and epidemiology. She is currently the primary researcher in a post PhD community-based school health literacy project. This school health promotion research project aims to increase knowledge and awareness among the South African youth on early onset of sexual activity, HIV prevalence, rates of teenage pregnancies as well as other reproductive health issues. Dr Pillay lectures Cytology and Laboratory Management to undergraduate students, and engages in supervision of undergraduate and post graduate students.
|Senior Lecturer: Dr B T Mkhize
Tel: 031 373 5297
Dr 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. Dr 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 D Govender is a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Technology. He has worked as an academic for the past 20 years. He was the Programme coordinator from 2008 – 2013. Prior to this, Mr Govender worked at private and public laboratories for 16 years where he left as a Chief Medical Technologist. Mr Govender has obtained a Diploma in Clinical Pathology as well as the National Higher Diploma at the then ML Sultan Technikon. He further obtained his Masters in Medical Laboratory Science at the Durban University of Technology. He currently lectures Clinical Chemistry 1 and 11, Chemical Pathology 3, Laboratory Practice 3, Clinical Practice 1 and 2 to undergraduate students and engages with research supervision with postgraduates. He is the Programme’s WIL Coordinator and liaises with other Universities, industry stakeholders as well as the Health and Welfare Seta. His interests are Clinical Chemistry and Work integrated learning.