South African Young Academy of Science

Marizvikuru Mwale

Marizvikuru Mwale

I am a Y2 rated researcher, certified Natural Scientist and Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Rural Development at the University of Venda. I Hold BSc. Honours degree (1999) and MSc (2004), both in Animal Science from the University of Zimbabwe. I attained a PhD in Animal Science at the University of Fort Hare in 2010. Upon completion of my doctoral studies I joined the University of Venda on a postdoctoral fellowship up to 2012. During this period I was honoured with an Excellence in Research Award by the university. In 2013 I took up a postdoctoral fellowship at North West University (NWU). While at NWU I was nominated to attend the 16th International Summer School in Japan in my capacity as one of the outstanding postdoctoral research fellows in the Faculty of Agriculture Science and Technology.

My professional work experience includes roles as an academic at four higher institutions of learning in Zimbabwe and South Africa. I have supervised to completion 6 Honours, 5 Masters and 1 PhD students. Currently I am supervising 6 Masters and 6 PhD students. My research interests are in ethno-veterinary control of livestock diseases, food security and animal production. I have published 39 papers in refereed journals and 2 in refereed conference proceedings and recently received an award for an Active Researcher from the University of Venda. I am a member of various scientific associations and serve as a reviewer and panel member for NRF. Furthermore, I am a reviewer and sub-editor of the South African Journal of Animal Science and a reviewer of other couple of refereed journals.