2016 Fellow Profiles

Dorcas Ayo

Current background
I am a female Ugandan, a holder of Bachelor of Nursing Science from International Health Sciences University and a certified Registered Midwife /Nurse from Mulago School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a Diploma in Midwifery from Mulago School of Nursing and Midwifery in 1998 to 2001. I graduated after three years and practiced in a nongovernmental profit making Hospital and the Mulago National referral Hospital thereafter. In 2006, I was admitted to the Mulago School of Nursing and Midwifery to pursue yet another Diploma in Nursing (Double Train) for a period of 18 months. After graduating I enrolled for a Bachelor of Nursing Science at the International Health Sciences University from 2008 to 2011. This however was a part time program as I had to do my Job and study at the same time. After graduating I had a one year period of internship at Mulago Regional referral hospital in Central Uganda which is a requirement for registration with the Uganda Nurses and Midwives council. In 2011 I was given the position of a Midwifery Superintendent at Makerere University School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, in the Department of Obstetrics and gynaecology. Since then I have been teaching and Supervising MBchB and Nursing students with Clinical Skills/ Midwifery Skills.
Personal information
I am married to David Ekau with whom we have four lovely children (Samantha, Samuella, Joshua, Jeremiah). My hobbies are reading, travelling and making new friends.

Richard Cooke

Current background
I am the Acting Director of the Centre for Rural Health (CRH), and the Acting Academic Head of the Department of Family Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand. Professional background My tertiary education started with completion of a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance) at the University of Cape Town. After an early career in finance, project management, and marketing, I switched to Medicine (University of the Witwatersrand), qualifying as a specialist Family Physician (University of Stellenbosch). My passion for rural health was forged during a 7 year stint as the Clinical Manager at Madwaleni district hospital in the former Transkei in the Eastern Cape. I have worked for the Wits CRH and the Centre’s Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) since February 2011. The Centre’s SA SURE project training district hospital-based and clinic staff in clinical management, quality improvement and clinical governance, on which I was the technical lead, has come to an end. With the role of Advisor: Policy and Clinical Governance with RHAP continuing, my contributions to the VOICE project and the Rural-Proofing work are aimed at advocating for health care solutions tailored to rural settings. My additional interests lie in rural inter-professional training and education of health professionals; I am a member of the Expert Reference Group at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Faculty of Health Sciences, leading on curriculum transformation towards establishing a new School of Medicine and Public Health. With the NDoH, I have been responsible for the orientation and support of private GPs contracted to do sessions in public service under the NHI pilots. He is a member of the NDoH Rural Health Sub-Committee, co-opted to the National District Health Systems Committee, and is a Director of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa.
Personal information
I am married to Heather who is a TV and Film Director. We are the proud parents of a boy Sam, who is nearly 4 yrs. old. I enjoy travel, learning new languages and participating in open-water swimming.

Josephine Eziyi

Current background
I am a female Nigerian, a holder of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.Ch.B) from Ogun state University, Master of Science in Immunology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Fellowship of both the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) and West African College of Surgeons (WACS) in Faculty of Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) respectively.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a degree in Medicine and Surgery at the College of Medicine, Ogun State University in 1992. I graduated in 1997 and had a mandatory one year of internship at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC), Nigeria and immediately went for the compulsory National Youth Service. In 2000, I enrolled into the postgraduate residency programme of the both WACS and NPMCN in the Faculty of ORL at the OAUTHC. I successfully completed the programme in April 2006 and May 2011. I was appointed as a Lecturer 1 in the Department of Surgery, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and also a Consultant ORL Surgeon at the OAUTHC in 2007. I was promoted to the position of a Senior Lecturer in 2011 and bagged a Masters in Immunology from OAU in 2012. I became the Head of Department in OAUTHC in 2015 till date.
Personal information
I am married to Victor with three lovely children. My hobbies are reading, cooking and singing.

Fadia Gamieldien

Current background
I am currently employed as a part time clinical educator in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT). I am an early career researcher who graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy degree in June 2015. My dissertation explored the contributions of a residential based rehabilitation programme on the community integration of male mental health service users with serious mental disorders. My undergraduate and postgraduate degrees were both obtained from the University of Cape Town.
Professional background
I consider myself to be a life long learner and I have a wide range of interests which includes but is not limited to the following: community mental health literacy and promotion, marketing communication, community journalism, life coaching and career counselling as it impacts on access to living, socialising, learning and working opportunities for marginalised sectors of the population. Prior to joining UCT in 2008, I was employed in areas within the Department of Health: Western Cape Province. My focus was on the range of mental health services in the public health sector. I worked as a clinician in a tertiary psychiatric hospital as well as a senior occupational therapist on a community mental health team. Thereafter I joined the Western Cape Provincial Office where I was employed as an assistant director in the Directorate: Mental Health and Substance Abuse. My last job with the Department of Health was as the head of department at a tertiary institution for adults with intellectual disabilities. Joining UCT provides me with opportunities of engaging in research related to public mental health service delivery. I continue to be passionate about the contribution occupational therapists can make towards a collective understanding of the impact of occupations on the health and well-being of communities. I am exploring opportunities to assist current and prospective clinicians in understanding the experiences of mental health service users in public health services. I recently completed a health innovation and design course and I am looking forward to using the lessons learnt around intersectoral collaborations for health innovation.
Personal information
I have been married to Moeneer for 17 years. We have two children, Tanzeel and Rania and we share our home with a cat, birds, fish and my parents. My hobbies include gardening, reading, sewing and pottering around the house. I also offer professional organising sessions to friends and family as the need arises. While I love travelling I have not done much of it in the past but I hope to perform my pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) this year, God-willing.

Pragashnie Govender

Current background
I am a female South African from a suburb in the South of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. I am currently a lecturer within the discipline of occupational therapy at UKZN.
Professional background
I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, and am currently awaiting results of a PhD in Health Sciences. I have worked in both the public and private sectors across all areas in the field of OT, in addition to academia. I am an emerging researcher at UKZN (2013, 2014, 2015 Research Reports, UKZN). I have engaged in modules for non-degree purposes in research and have completed modules in teaching and learning in higher education to enhance my role as an academic and researcher. I enjoy the more practical aspects of teaching and learning and have a growing passion for research.
Personal information
I am a newly wed (just over a year). My husband is Sathiesh, a data scientist in the marketing research industry. Apart from work, I spend most of time with family and engaging in community activities within my church.

Rudo Gwini

Current background
I am a female specialist physician. A holder of Doctor of Medicine from Vinnitsa Medical Institute Ukraine, a Master of Medicine Medicine and a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Zimbabwe.
Professional background
After completing high school I was admitted into Vinnitsa Medical Institute in Ukraine in 1983 and completed my undergraduate studies in 1990. I did 2 years of internship at Mpilo Central Hospital. Upon completing my internship I worked as a Hospital Medical Officer in the department of anaesthesia and medicine respectively from 1992 to 2000. In 2001 I enrolled for my Masters Degree in Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe. I completed my studies in 2004. Upon completing my Masters Degree in Medicine I returned to Mpilo Central Hospital where I worked as a consultant in the Department of Medicine. In 2006 I enrolled for a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology in 2006 at the University of Zimbabwe and completed my studies in 2009. I have been an examiner for final year clinical examinations at the University of Zimbabwe since 2005 to date. Worked as a Medical Superintendent at St Lukes Mission Hospital from 2008 till September 2011. In October 2011 I joined the National University of Science and Technology as a lecturer and deputy dean for the Faculty of Medicine. I was appointed a full member of Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (MDPCZ) in 2011 till 2015. I served in the Education and Liason Committee. In 2015 I was reappointed as a member of the Education and Liason Committee. I have since been appointed as substantive dean for the Faculty of Medicine with effect from the 1st of January 2016.
Personal information
I am married to Daniel and I have 3 lovely children. My hobbies are reading, listening to music and watching soccer.

Michelle Janse van Rensburg

Current background
I am a female South African. I have a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Pretoria and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). I am currently enrolled as a PhD Candidate with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pretoria and I am involved in training a pilot group of Community Health Workers in Mamelodi (City of Tshwane).
Professional background
After completing high school in 1993 I joined an NGO that worked with youth across Southern Africa. I was also able to spend 3 months in the USA working with American youth regarding racial reconciliation. In 1996 I started my Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Pretoria. After graduating I worked for a year in poor mining communities in Mpumalanga. In 2000 I got married and returned to Pretoria where I worked with special needs children. In 2003 I joined the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department of the University of Pretoria. I lectured several undergraduate subjects and trained students through Academic Service Learning in various under-resourced communities. I completed my Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 2007. At the end of 2011 I decided to be at home with my young children. In 2014 I joined the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pretoria to be part of a pilot project training Community Health Workers.
Personal information
I am married to Anton and we have three wonderful children: Mila (8 years old), Anton jnr (6 years old) and Stella Rose (4 years old). I love collecting books, reading, arts and crafts and travelling.

Julie Jay

Current background
My name is Julie Mae Jay. I am a lecturer in the department of occupational therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). I hold a BSc. Hons. in Occupational Therapy, and I am currently completing my masters in occupational therapy through the University of the Witwatersrand.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I attended the ProArte school in Pretoria, to complete my advanced professional ballet and associate ballet teachers diploma. Upon completing this in 1998 I decided to change my career path and was accepted into the BSc Hons. Occupational Therapy programme at University of Cape Town from 1999-2002. After graduation I completed my year of community service at the East Griqualand and Usher memorial hospital in Kokstad, South Africa in 2003. I was part of the first group of graduates required to complete community service for allied health science professions. I then embarked on working and travelling overseas from January 2004, based primarily in the UK. I was fortunate to gain a wide range of clinical experience from acute to community based work as well as supervising occupational therapy students on clinical practice, which lead to my interest in teaching. I returned to South Africa in 2011, where I took up a position at a welfare organisation to enable me the time to tutor occupational therapy students at Wits University. I was then successful in being granted a full time teaching position with the department of Occupational therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) from 2013.
Personal information
I am married to Gareth. We have one 3-year old daughter named Ivy, who keeps us very busy. My hobbies are reading, yoga, exercising and spending time outdoors.

Soraya Maart

Current background
I am a 47 year old South African female. I am a physiotherapist by profession, and is the current Head of the Division of Physiotherapy at UCT. I hold a Masters in Public Health and a PhD in Physiotherapy obtained at UWC and UCT respectively.
Professional background
Upon completing matric at Bellville South Senior Secondary School, I enrolled for a BSc Physiotherapy degree at UWC. After completing my degree, I worked at Tygerberg Hospital for 2 years, and then gained international experience at Bournemouth General Hospital in the UK. I started my private practice in 1994 until 2000 in the suburb of Eerste River. During this time I also did part-time work for UWC as a lecturer, and a consultant physiotherapist at their community based project in Mitchells Plain. I was appointed as a lecturer at UCT on the 1 Nov 2000- and sold my practice to take up the position. As a lecturer in the departments my areas of interest are disability, human rights and access to rehabilitation services. I served as the chair of the Transformation Committee for the South African Society of Physiotherapy for 4 years, and is currently the country representative on the Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) of the World Health Organization’s Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC).
Personal information
I am married to Kurt with whom I have two lovely children Jade aged 13, and Kim aged 6. My parents are deceased, and I have 4 siblings- 2 brothers and two sisters. My hobbies are ballroom dancing, reading and travelling.

Jason Marcus

Current background
I am a specialist midwife working as a senior lecturer: undergraduate education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Professional background
After initially embarking to become a teacher, I was prodded into applying to nursing school where I started my professional nurse/midwife training in 1996. After completing my diploma I worked as a midwife in the primary care setting of maternal and neonatal services on the Cape Flats in the Western Cape. I competed my postgraduate training in midwifery at the University of Cape Town. An opportunity then arose for me to teach in the clinical skills programme at UCT where I was part of the team to commission a clinical skills simulation centre. Thereafter I was appointed lecturer and coconvenor of the 4th year obstetrics course at UCT. During this time I completed an MPhil in Health Professional Education at Stellenbosch University. An opportunity then presented itself for me to take up a position of lecturer in the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). There I was part of a team to roll out an emergency obstetric care intervention in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Kenya and Nigeria. I also served as director of studies of the Masters in International Public Health (Sexual and Reproductive Health) where I also convened modules on Maternal and Newborn Health. I this capacity I was also deputy director of studies for the Diploma in Reproductive Health at LSTM. My subsequent job was as lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Pretoria and Medical Research Council’s Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies Unit. Here I was a national trainer and technical consultant on the Essential Steps in Managing Obstetric Emergencies (ESMOE) programme.
Personal information
I am a father of a 7 year old daughter, Noa, who I had the privilege of delivering myself. She keeps me well skilled in the kitchen as she enjoys food as much as I do. My partner Juanita ensures that we have enough time to enjoy good food and wine regularly.

Deogratias Mbuka

Current background
I am Congolese male, a holder of a medical degree (MD), an advanced professional studies diploma in health and nutrition (APSD) and a Master in medicine (MMed Fam Medicine) from the University of Kisangani (DR Congo), University of Senghor (Egypt) and University of Limpopo Medunsa campus currently known as Sefako Makgatho health sciences university of Pretoria (RSA) respectively. I have a number of certificates part of my continue medical education (CME).
Professional background
Upon completion of secondary school in 1984, I proceeded to University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), faculty of medicine where I completed my trainings in 1990 as medical doctor with a MD and was appointed immediately as an assistant lecturer for two years in same University. However for personal reasons, I had to discontinue work with UNIKIS upon expiration of my two years initial contract and applied for work as a medical doctor in different neighbouring countries like Burundi and Zambia where I worked for a couple of years and three years respectively before migrating to Botswana where I am living for the past fourteen years. Before coming to Botswana I had opportunity of doing a two years training in health and Nutrition in Egypt sanctioned with an APSD (form 1997 to 1999). While working in Botswana, I enrolled in a part time programme with Medunsa which was concluded with a graduation as family physician (MMed Fam med) in 2009. I joined the University of Botswana as lecturer in the department of family medicine, faculty of medicine in 2011 and I am based in Maun campus.
Personal information
I am married to Rita Mujinga Ndomba Mbuka with whom we have four lovely children (Alex, Nicolas, Evariste & Jany). My hobbies are Sport (Football, Boxing, cycling), Movies, Music, travelling.

Fungai Muzeya

Current background
I am a man who is Zimbabwean by nationality and is presently resident in the kingdom of Lesotho. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Nursing and a Master in Public Health from the University of Zimbabwe and University of South Africa in that order.
Professional background
I am a professional nurse who is registered with the Lesotho and Zimbabwe Nurses councils. My portfolio includes ten years progressive professional experience. Subsequent to my first degree graduation I have worked as a nurse and clinical instructor at a referral and teaching hospital called Chitungwiza Central Hospital, Zimbabwe from 2005 to 2007. I have also worked for the Ministry of Health, Lesotho under the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Nursing Initiative project from 2007 to 2011. Since 2011 to date I have been working in the capacity of a nurse-educator (lecturer) at Paray College of Nursing at Thaba-Tseka, Lesotho.
Personal information
I am the first born in a family of two boys and two girls. My wife’s name is Bertha and we are blessed with a beautiful daughter who will be turning three on the 17th of April 2016. I enjoy listening to music and playing monopoly.

Linus Ndegwa

Current background
I am a male Kenyan, a PhD fellow of institute of Tropical medicine of holder of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology, Nairobi, with a master’s degree in Public health and epidemiology of Kenyatta university.
Professional background
Upon completing six years of high school I was admitted to pursue a clinical medicine, at school of clinical medicine, KMTC, in 1988. After graduation, and one year of internship at Embu general hospital, I worked at Karurumo provincial rural health training centre where I was in charge of students programs. I applied for a post graduate diploma in Opthalmology at KMTC in 1996 and was taken. After completing two years of training I graduated and was posted at KMTC as lecturer in Ophthalmology. In 2003 I graduated from Kenyatta University with master’s degree in public health and epidemiology and started teaching at Mt. Kenya University.
Personal information
I am married to Phides with whom we have two lovely children (Hilda & JoyFridah). My hobbies are making new friends, reading and travelling.

Corne Nel

Current background
I am a female South African with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Pretoria. The title of my Masters’ thesis was “Establishing a peer mentorship program for Physiotherapy students”.
Professional background
I matriculated in 1980 at Hoërskool Overkruin in Pretoria. I started in 1981 with a BSc general degree but was accepted for Physiotherapy the following year. I completed my degree in 1986 and started working at Kalafong hospital. I worked there for one and a half years before going on maternity leave. I started working 4 months later at a private practice. After another year I bought this practice (December 1990) and it is still open! I practice from my home and still see a few patients in the late
afternoon/evening. At the beginning of 2003 I got the opportunity to do clinical supervision at Kalafong hospital and this was the start of my ‘new’ career at the University of Pretoria. From the 1st of July 2005 I was appointed as a part time junior lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy. After completing my Masters degree in 2008 I was appointed as Mentorship manager in the School of Healthcare Sciences (SHCS) – this meant that I was recruiting, training, monitoring, advising peer mentors and supporting 1st year students in all 5 departments of the SHCS. At present I am still doing this in a half-day post. In January 2013 I was approached to help with student support in the Department of Family Medicine in the BCMP (clinical associates) program. At present I am still doing this in a half-day post.
Personal information
I am married to Carel and we have two lovely daughters – Rouxne (26) & Salome (23). My hobbies are reading, movies, love watching good series and sport.

Timothy Nottidge

Current background
I am a male Nigerian medical doctor, who has specialised in Orthopaedic Surgery, having obtained a fellowship of the West African college of surgeons. In addition, I have an M Phil in health sciences education from Stellenbosch University.
Professional background
I graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan as a medical doctor in 1995 and completed my residency in Orthopaedics in 2005, in the same environment. Subsequently, I got a lecturer position in the College of Medicine, University of Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State in 2005, where I have been till date. My interest in medical education was further nurtured while I was Dean of the Faculty about 2011. Thus, I obtained the MPhil in 2014.
Personal information
I am married to Bola with whom we have four lovely children, including a set of twins. Learning and positive change are permanent pet projects of mine.

Elizabeth Smit

Current background
I am a female South African, a holder of a MBChB degree from the University of Stellenbosch, followed by a MMed in Paediatrics (University of Stellenbosch), a MSc in Child Health from Warwick University, United Kingdom, and a MPhil in Health Science Education from the University of Stellenbosch.
Professional background
I specialized as a paediatrician at the University of Stellenbosch (SU) after gaining some work experience in South Africa and the United Kingdom as medical doctor. Even in my early years as a doctor, I realized that quality healthcare could only be provided if all aspects of health system strengthening are addressed. Hence my Masters in Child Health at Warwick University, where I started looking beyond the patient in front of me to the wider health system and the social determinants of health. Building the capacity of healthcare workers to deliver quality healthcare became my focus for six years when I managed an USAID funded program at SU; initially in partnership with ICAP at the University of Columbia in New York. At ‘South to South’ we taught and supported healthcare workers from ten different sub-Saharan African countries, including South Africa, to deliver comprehensive mother and child HIV health services. Teaching became my passion, but realizing that I have no formal teaching and learning education, I enrolled in the MPhil in Health Sciences Education program at SU; whilst simultaneously returning to clinical practice. Currently I am a senior specialist and lecturer within the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) at Stellenbosch University.
Personal information
I am not married (with no parrot or cat either!) My hobbies are gardening, music (I sing in the Stellenbosch Libertas choir), reading and travelling.

Zukisa Tshabalala

Current background
I am a South African female and hold a BSc in Biology received from the University of Georgia, USA and a Masters in Medical Science (MMSC) received from Emory University, USA.
Professional background
After graduating from high school, I received a Medical Assistance Diploma from a Technical College in Athens, Georgia, and started working as a Medical Assistant for a group of pulmonary specialists in their offices. My duties there included basic medical procedures, transcribing dictated doctors’ notes, and billing to insurance companies and collections. I then went to school part-time, to pursue my bachelor’s degree, completing in 6 years as it was part-time. After completing my BSc, I worked as an office manager for a group of acute care clinics in Georgia, with duties including human resource issues, amongst other things. I also applied for the MMSc at Emory University, and upon completion in 1999, worked as a Physician Assistant at Athens Pulmonary and Allergy. My electives at Emory University centred included academic medicine due to my special interest in teaching. In 2004, I returned to South Africa, and became involved in the creation of a new cadre of health care providers for our country: the Clinical Associates (ClinA’s). I was appointed as a member of the initial NDoH Ministerial Task Team that was tasked with coming up with a curriculum, liaising with various stakeholders, and implementation of the new cadre to be added to the health workforce in South Africa. I also worked at the University of the Witwatersrand, and was instrumental in developing the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (B.CMP) curriculum, and getting approved through the University Health Sciences Faculty Board and University Senate. In 2008 I moved to the University of Pretoria, where I am currently the academic coordinator for the Clinical Associate Programme there. I am currently also serving as the newly elected chairperson of the Clinical associate’s professional body: Professional Association for Clinical Associates in South Africa (PACASA).
Personal information
I have to wonderful daughters, aged 10 and 8, and I feel that I have to create an example for them as women in South Africa, and the world in general. I love watching sports, especially Tennis, and am an avid reader.

Astrid Turner

Current background
I am a female South African, a holder of a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) degree (UCT), Fellowship of Public Health Medicine (CMSA), Master of Medicine (Public health) (UCT) and Diploma in HIV Management (CMSA). I am currently enrolled in a Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Economics for Health Professionals (distance-based) at the University of York.
Professional background
After attaining my medical degree at UCT (1996-2001), I completed my internship and community service rotations at Tambo Memorial hospital (Gauteng) and Stellenbosch hospital (Western Cape) respectively. Thereafter I worked for a year in the UK at a variety of hospitals. From end 2004 to 2006, I worked in the HIV treatment programme – specifically ARV treatment facilities – as a senior and then principal medical officer in the Western Cape province. I was seconded to the provincial HIV/AIDS directorate in Sept 2006- later assuming the position – with a primary responsibility to expand ARV site identification, preparation and post-accreditation evaluation. From June 2008 to Nov 2011, I was a registrar in Public health medicine (UCT). Upon completion, I was employed at the Foundation for Professional Development as a System Strengthening technical advisor/acting HOD where I provided technical assistance to the nine FPD-supported districts and their respective provinces in the country. Thereafter I supported the technical components of Health Impact Assessments and public/community health work in the extractive (oil and gas and mining) industry at SHAPE Consulting Ltd gaining in-country experience in Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Zambia and Burkina Faso. From Feb 2014, I was appointed as a lecturer/PHM specialist in the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria for the academic and administrative coordination of public health in the undergraduate programme.
Personal information
I am married to a patient and funny man. My hobbies are reading (a proud book club member that actually reads books), mountain biking and trying to watch a full series of New Girl and Blacklist.

Natalie Whalley

Current background
I am a South African, and holder of Bachelor and Honours in Medical Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in Medical Biochemistry degrees (University of the Witwatersrand). Professional background Upon completing high school I enrolled for a degree in Science at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1980. I went on to do my Honours in Medical Biochemistry in 1983. From 1984 I worked as a senior research technician in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology. In 1987 I registered for a PHD which I completed part-time whilst continuing my work as a senior research technician. I graduated with my PhD in 1992. I worked flexitime as a Research Officer from 1995 to 1998 in the same department while caring for my young children. I started working in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology (previously Medical Biochemistry) in 1999 as a junior lecturer in charge of the third year course. I am currently employed as a lecturer in the same department; as course coordinator for 2nd year Molecular Medicine as well as honours in Molecular Medicine. My teaching commitments are to second years, third years, honours students, biomedical engineers and haematology registrars.
Personal information
I am married to Paul and together we have two wonderful children, Matthew and Claire. My hobbies
include reading, gardening and exploring nature.