South African Young Academy of Science



New SAYAS Members 2016

Dr Cletos Mapiye is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal Science at Stellenbosch University. He is a NRF Y2 (Young Promising) rated scientist.

Dr Eugene Lee Davids is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Adolescent Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. His overall interest is in understanding the role that parents play in adolescent development.

Dr Nomusa Makhubu is an Y1 NRF-rated art historian and artist. Her current research focuses on African popular culture, photography, interventionism, performance art and socially engaged art. She is the recipient of the ABSA L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award (2006) and the Prix du Studio National des Arts Contemporain, Le Fresnoy (2014). She lectures Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Cape Town.

Dr Naomi Nkealah is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Studies at the University of South Africa. She obtained her PhD on African Literature from Wits University. Her research specialises in feminist theory and African women’s writing, while also exploring intersections of gender and sexuality in African literature. She currently holds an NRF rating in the category of Y1. She was awarded the Distinguished Young Women Scientist –Humanities and Social Sciences Category at the DST Women in Science 2016 awards ceremony on August 11, 2016.

Prof Puleng Segalo is a Fulbright scholar currently holding the position of Head of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa. Her research work analyses South African women’s narratives of survival and resistance pre, during and post-apartheid, contrasting testimonies offered by women to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), narratives spoken in interviews and focus groups, and embroidered stories that women stitch onto fabric to tell another tale of survival and resistance. She currently holds an NRF rating in the category of Y2.

Dr Alisa Phulukdaree is a Lecturer in the Department of Physiology at the University of Pretoria.  Her Specialisation is in: ‘Molecular mechanisms of chronic inflammatory diseases in the South African population’. She currently holds an NRF rating in the category of Y2.

Dr Marizvikuru Mwale is a Senior Lecturer, Institute for Rural Development (IRD), University of Venda. Her Specialisation is in: Animal Science, Ethno-veterinary medicine, Animal Production, Animal Health, Food security. She currently holds an NRF rating in the category of Y2.

Dr Lungiswa Nkonki is a Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University. She convenes at teaches Economic Evaluation in Healthcare to post graduate students. She is a NRF Y-rated scientist.

Prof Philani Moyo is an Associate Professor of Development Sociology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology Department: University of Fort Hare. His Specialisation is in: climate change, food security, urban and rural livelihoods, migration and development.

Dr Shazrene Mohamed is a Research Career Advancement Fellow at the African Astronomical Observatory, Cape Town. Her Specialisation is in: Computational Stellar Astrophysics She is an NRF P–rated researcher.