The beginning of Dr Shai’s career can be traced back to 1998 when he worked as a lecturer at the University of the North. Teaching became his passion; he accepted another offer at the Medical University of Southern Africa after two years. He then joined the University of Limpopo in 2006 before joining TUT in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer.
In line with his belief that success is the result of perfection, hard work and learning from failure, Dr Shai boasts a PhD in Phytomedicines obtained from the University of Pretoria. He received his Master’s degree in Biochemistry Molecular Biology, an Honours and BSc degree in Biochemistry and Human Physiology from the University of the North.
He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in national and international journals and has made contributions to research-related books. In 2012, he received the TUT Institutional Award for Emerging Researcher of the Year.
Future research opportunities and possibilities are endless in Dr Shai’s world. He continues to collaborate with other universities on research projects that aim to reveal the potential of traditional remedies as anti-diabetic medicines.
He is currently conducting research which involves the activation of glucose transporters (GLUTS) by medicinal plant extracts, the effects of medicinal plant extracts on expression of genes encoding GLUTS, as well as the analysis of chemical compositions of active extracts from medicinal plants.
In addition, Dr Shai has contributed largely to research in ethnomedicine in South Africa, with countless achievements that include identifying and validation of plants active in cure of bacterial infections of the digestive tract.
His field of expertise and research specialisation is Biochemistry, with focus on Phytochemistry, Molecular biology and physiology.
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