SPOTLIGHT

Wendy Phoswa

Dr. Wendy Nokhwezi Phoswa

#Gynaecology
#Obstetrics
#Physiology
#SouthAfrica

Where are you from?

South Africa, in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg)

 

I am currently based in South Africa.

What is your educational background?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science obtained from the University of KwaZulu Natal (Westville Campus) in 2014

Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science Honours in Physiology obtained from the University of KwaZulu Natal (Westville Campus) in 2015

Master of Medical Science in Physiology (Summa Cum Laude)obtained from the University of KwaZulu Natal (Westville Campus) in 2017,

Doctor of Philosophy in Obstetric and Gynaecology in 2020, Currently Registered for a BCOM Degree in Entrepreneurship with the University of South Africa.

 

What is your current occupation?

Senior Lecturer in Physiology at the University of South Africa

 

What or who got you into STEM?

Growing up I have always been inquisitive about how the human body function this has lead me to pursue my undergraduate degree in medical sciences. As a medical science undergraduate, my passion for research grew more as I wanted to gain deeper understanding on how the human body function and how different diseases disturb the normal human body mechanism. Then I decided to pursue my postgraduate studies. As a young scientist, I have also been trying to network with other scientists around the world and I came across STEM which I believe is the best platform to keep me motivated and connected with potential collaborators.

 

What is the biggest challenge/barrier you have faced as an African in STEM?

None so far.

 

How do you think your background/upbringing has been beneficial in your journey/career?

Coming from a disadvantage background motivated me to believe in myself and in my potential.

.

How do you think we can start to change the narrative surrounding African contributions
to global STEM research & careers?

By promoting what is being done in Africa, e.g African research. By motivating our youth using successful African people, by sharing beautiful African stories and achievements from African People.

 

What advice would you like to give to young, aspiring Africans in STEM?

To believe in themselves, work hard and smart and always be willing to learn new things, respect and be humble and mostly to be self-motivated.

 

Do you have any projects you’re working on that you would like us to highlight?

I am currently working on the association of HIV infection with Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy by focusing on immune markers and associated gene polymorphisms.

 

 

INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION

Do you identify as an African in STEM? If so, please send us some basic information to see if we can profile you on the VSA page.




    SPOTLIGHT

    Hello World

    I think it’s about time you heard my story.