Professor Kelly Chibale, founder and director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal for 2018 by the South African Chemical Institute (SACI) and has been honoured by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) with the 2018 Commemorative Fund Lecture.
Researchers at UCT's Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology have created a promising new vaccine candidate to help prevent the devastating effects of African Horse Sickness (AHS) – and they’re producing it in tobacco plants.
New research from an international team of scientists led by Dr Robyn Pickering, an isotope geochemist from the Department of Geological Sciences at UCT, is the first to provide a timeline for fossils from the caves in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind – the world’s richest site for fossils of our human ancestors. It also sheds light on the type of climate that our early ancestors lived in and how this changed in the past.
As the pressure grows on the world’s arable land, aquaculture must play a bigger role in food production if we are to feed a population of 9.8 billion by 2050, as estimated by the United Nations, says University of Cape Town (UCT) Emeritus Professor John Bolton.
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Undergraduate teaching is a cornerstone of our activities and the Faculty offers 21 different majors, with possibilities to co-major in subjects located in other Faculties. Our majors are loosely organised into three clusters – those in the biology, earth and environmental sciences, those in the chemical and molecular sciences, and those in the numerical and physical sciences. Our Bachelor of Science degree leads naturally on to a number of different Honours degrees that relate to the undergraduate major(s) offered by the various departments.
The Faculty of Science prides itself on the high regard in which it is held by the international academic community, reflected in part by international world university and subject rankings. According to the latest QS rankings, the Science Faculty at UCT places in the band 51-100 top universities in the Earth and Marine Sciences and in the band 101-150 in the Biological and Environmental Sciences.
The Faculty prides itself on its strong teaching programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and on the strength of its research enterprise. With well developed international links with researchers across the world, the Faculty is a major contributor to cutting-edge, globally relevant research. Susan Bourne Interim Dean: Faculty of Science