Academic joins future professors programme

2020-04-29 06:02
Future Professor Dr Tshepiso J Makhafola, Assistant Dean Research, Innovation HES-Future. Photo: Supplied

Future Professor Dr Tshepiso J Makhafola, Assistant Dean Research, Innovation HES-Future. Photo: Supplied

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An academic of the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) Dr Tshepiso Makhafola has received recognition following his nomination to contribute in the Future Professors Programme. He is among the 29 selected candidates of 130 nominations from all 26 universities for the first phase of the programme.

The minister of higher education, science and technology, Dr Blade Nzimande commended Dr Makhafola for his well-deserved success as a participant in the programme.

The department of higher education and training has commenced with the implementation of the Future Professors Programme (FPP) in a quest to prepare academics to function at the professorate level. The pilot programme seeks to empower academics who are not yet professors in various aspects. The programme includes national and international engagements with an expert panel who advise candidates on their intellectual project and give them exposure in international teaching.

Dr Makhafola is presently the assistant dean: research, innovation and engagement and is also a senior lecturer: clinical technology in the faculty of health and environmental sciences.

He is currently conducting research on anti-cancer splicing activity on natural products at the University of Nottingham (tumour and vascular biology laboratories). He has experience in preparation of dossiers for the registration of health products with the South African Medicines Control Council. He is also a supervisor to four MSc students, two PhD’s and three postdoctoral fellows and has several publications under his belt.

Dr Makhafola is hopeful that the programme will allow him to pursue advanced scholarship and build, maintain and improve his NRF rating by focusing on his research outputs and impact. He also said that the programme would assist him to extend and strengthen his collaboration nationally and internationally.

“As an attentive academic, researcher and professional person with extensive training in toxicology, phytomedicine, ethnopharmacology, biochemistry and cancer biology, my goals and aspirations are to establish myself as a leading researcher in the field of genetic toxicology. I will further explore toxicological research for the prevention of mycotoxin-induced carcinogenesis, one of the under-reported health issues facing developing countries,” he said.

Dr Tshepiso Makhafola hails from Ga-Ledwaba, a small village in Limpopo Province.

He holds a BSc degree (Biochemistry and Microbiology) and BScHons (Biochemistry) from the University of Limpopo and MSc (Vet Sci) and PhD from the University of Pretoria.

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