Mentors 2018-09-17T05:29:01+00:00


Mentorship is important to the South African Clinician Scientists Society. We believe that
effective mentorship can propel and advance talented indivduals. Mentors are registered as
honourary members of the society, and honourary membership is by invitation. We currently do
not have a formal mentorship programme, but we are able to link successful mentor-mentee

Dr Mohlopheni Jackson Marakalala

Senior lecturer in Immunology and infectious diseases
University of Cape Town

Obtained PhD in Chemical Pathology UCT (2008), with the Bronte Stewart Prize for the most
meritorious Doctoral thesis. Postdoctoral training in innate immunology (UCT), 2008-2012.
Second Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2015) at Harvard TH Chan School of Public (HSPH) in
immunology and infectious diseases. Currently a Wellcome Trust Fellow at UCT; also a Visiting
Scientist at HSPH. Research interests in lung granulomas and Tuberculosis
immunopathogenesis. Personal awards include SAMRC Scientific Merit Award (2016); UCT
2016 College of Fellows Young Researcher Award. Sydney Brenner Fellowship (2012). World
Economic Forum (WEF) Young Scientist (2016), and he is a fellow of the Next Einstein Forum.

Prof Tshilidzi Marwala

Vice-chancellor and Principal
University of Johannesburg

Tshilidzi Marwala is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg.
Previously, he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Internationalization and the
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment both at the University
of Johannesburg. Previously, he progressively held the positions of Associate Professor, Full
Professor, the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering as well as the
SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Information
Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. From 2000 to 2001 he was a post-doctoral
research associate at the Imperial College (then University of London). He holds a Bachelor of
Science in Mechanical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University
(USA) in 1995, a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria in 1997 and
a PhD specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Engineering from the University of Cambridge
in 2000. His research interests are multi-disciplinary and they include the theory and application
of artificial intelligence to engineering, computer science, finance, social science and medicine.

He has published 12 books in artificial intelligence, one of these has been translated into
Chinese, over 300 papers in journals, proceedings, book chapters and magazines and holds four
international patents.

Prof Ncoza Dlova

Dean and Head of School
University of KwaZulu Natal

Ncoza Dlova is an Associate Professor, Chief Specialist and Head of Dermatology at the
NRMSM where she trained for both her under and postgraduate studies and was awarded her
PhD in 2015. She co-ordinates undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research
programmes within the department. In Jan 2018, Dlova was appointed as Dean and Head of
School of Clinical Medicine at UKZN and is the first African Woman to hold this post in the
70yr history of UKZN Medical School. Her research interests are on: Ethnic Skin and Hair,
Pigmentation disorders, as well as HIV and Skin and has more than 60 peer reviewed scientific
publications, is a C 1 rated NRF researcher and contributed more than 8 chapters in major
dermatology textbooks, written 3books on dermatology and presented in more than 20 countries
as an invited speaker and chair at international dermatology meetings. She is the inaugural
President of the newly formed Women’s Dermatological Society of South Africa (WDS-SA)
(2015-2017) and established the Dermatology Registrar Association of SA (DRASA) whose aim
is to guide and mentor dermatology registrars in SA. She is the Executive member of the African
Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ASDV) and has been instrumental in establishing the
African Society of Dermatology in 2016. In 2016 Dlova was elected as the international member
of the prestigious American Dermatology Association in recognition of her research, local and
international contribution to Dermatology and was inaugurated in Boston July 2017. In 2018 she
has been appointed as the member of the International Committee for the American Womens
Dermatology Society. She is the President of the combined DSSA/ASDV national and
continental congress which will be held in Durban, August 2018.

Dr Bonga Chiliza

Academic Head, Psychiatry
University of KwaZulu Natal

Bonga Chiliza is an Associate Professor/Chief Specialist and Head of the Department of
Psychiatry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He completed his medical degree and psychiatry
specialization at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and his PhD at Stellenbosch University. His
research interests include schizophrenia, consultation-liaison psychiatry, health services and
medical education. He is the Deputy Editor of the South African Journal of Psychiatry, as well as
the President-Elect of the South African Society of Psychiatrists. Prof Chiliza has received a
number of awards including the Hamilton Naki Clinical Research Fellowship and the CINP

Rafaelsen Young Investigators Award. He has authored over 50 peer reviewed articles and book
chapters. He has also served on a number of NGO Boards, including the SA YMCA and Life
Choices. He is one of the Founding Directors of Harambee Medical Consulting and African
Global Mental Health Institute.

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