South African Young Academy of Science

Alicia Phulukdaree

Alicia Phulukdaree

I am a NRF (Y2) rated researcher & lecturer in Physiology, Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Pretoria. I obtained my PhD in April 2013 prior to which I obtained my Honours degree (Cum Laude) and Master’s degree (Summa Cum Laude). I am a member of South African Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Physiology Society of South Africa and European Respiratory Society. I was awarded a self-initiated scholarship from the Professional Providence Society (2012) and the National Health Laboratory Service Research Trust grant (2013). During my studies I was actively involved in teaching, collaborations and student training. I lectured medical, dentistry and BSc students and co-ordinated modules for  Honours course for Medical Biochemistry. My role on the manuscripts and conference proceedings which I have co-authored include conceptualising projects, conducting molecular based experiments and writing papers for publication. My leadership roles at UP includes chairperson for muscle physiology in the first medical block and course co-ordinator for a 2nd year module in 2016. I am a reviewer for high impact factor ISI-rated journals and served as a panel member for the review of NRF funding applications. To date I have authored and co-authored 31 publications in peer-review journals. My H-index is 9 with 256 citations and a ResearchGate score of 27.31. I believe that academia provides the perfect platform for both teaching and research and it should be used to provide similar opportunities to all students especially those from less fortunate backgrounds which I can personally relate to.