Students intending to start MSc or PhD studies in the Division of Biomedical Engineering in 2015 are strongly encouraged to apply for an NRF Free-standing, Innovation and Scarce Skills Masters and Doctoral Scholarship. Applications must be submitted online before UCT's internal deadline of 4th August 2014. Applicants need to identify and contact a potential supervisor in the Division ahead of time to arrange a research proposal that is required for the application.
Post-doctoral fellow Malebogo Ngoepe complements the Mechanobiology Lab of the Division of Biomedical Engineering with a new and exciting research area.
BMBL has moved to new premises in UCT's Department of Human Biology on 29 and 30 April 2014. We can now be found in the Anatomy Building, 7th floor, Rooms 7.25 and 7.26 on UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences campus. Our new contact details can be found on our "Contact us" page.
An invited commentary was published by BMBL in the Biophysical Journal on the potential of cellular mechanics and mechanobiology in prevention and management of obesity (Franz, Biophys J 2014. 106:1231-2). The World Health Organization reports that over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese in 2008, and that obesity and overweight is the fifth leading risk for global death. Along with developed countries, it increasingly affects low- and middle-income countries. Here, children are particularly susceptible to inadequate high-fat and high-sugar nutrition that combined with low levels of physical activity leads to a rapid increase in childhood obesity.