Prof Alisa Phulukdaree

Prof Alisa Phulukdaree

South Africa

University of Pretoria


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Work and Research

I am a passionate young research scientist with keen interest in biomedical technological advancement and it’s application in the clinical setting – firstly to improve diagnostics and secondly to enhance treatment strategies and improve prognosis. I obtained my PhD in Medical Biochemistry, Faculty of Health Science at the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal in April 2013 and immediately followed with a postdoctoral research fellowship at the same institution before being appointed as lecturer in the Department of Physiology at the University of Pretoria in November 2014. I received Y-rating from the NRF and am a member of SAYAS and was recipient of the UP Vice Chancellors Emerging Researchers Award 2016.

Fields Of Expertise

Medical Biochemistry
Personalised Medicine

Research Profiles

My vision for the future of research at UP and how I will contribute to this development

The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine within the Faculty of Health Sciences will push scientific research to the forefront amongst leading Universities in the country. I feel that although the vision is to be collaborative – the actual execution and follow through will be difficult because of the current policy on getting rewards and acknowledgement for output. The perception is that currently financial support and incentives are awarded to specific departments and this creates a divide and competition between people who would be more efficient working together and being rewarded equally. In my opinion, the University vision is perfect on paper but there is a lack of proactive encouragement of intradepartmental, interdepartmental, faculty and industry collaboration. The national guidelines for science and technology emphasizes that basic research is important but there is also a lack of proactive integration of basic science to applied sciences that will ultimately benefit the well?being of South Africans.