Prof Alisa Phulukdaree

Prof Alisa Phulukdaree

South Africa

University of Pretoria


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Work and Research

I am a passionate scientist with a 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 in 2013. I am an associate professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Pretoria with an NRF C3 rating. I am also a member of the SAYAS, a fellow of the Next Einstein Forum and I received the UP-Vice Chancellors Emerging Researchers Award in 2016. I am actively involved in science leadership training as an Inclusive Innovation facilitator and apprentice producer for virtual meetings.

Fields Of Expertise

Medical Biochemistry
Human genetics
Personalised medicine

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 like even though the vision is to be collaborative - the actual execution and follow through will be difficult because of the current policy on getting reward 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 on paper and there needs to be a more deliberate and proactive encouragement of intradepartmental, interdepartmental, trade and industry collaboration. The national guidelines for science and and technology emphasizes that basic research is important but there is also lack of proactive integration of basic science to applied sciences that will engage in that will ultimately benefit the well-being of South Africans. My vision to aid this process is to engage in science leadership training, the application and sharing of essential creative thinking tools and equipping my students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, with knowledge whilst linking them to creative problem solving skills.