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Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr Feriel Azibani

​Email:  feriel.azibani@uct.ac.za

I was born and raised in Algeria. In 2007, I obtained my biology engineer diploma at the University Houari Boumedienne (Algiers). Then I moved to Paris, where I obtained my master degree in Cellular Physiopathology. I then joined the team of Pr. Alain Cohen Solal (Inserm U942 – Hospital Lariboisiere) to work on the role of cardiac aldosterone in cardiac remodelling during hypertension. In 2012, I obtained my PhD in physiopathology at University Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6 and I joined the Myology Centre ( Hospital Pitie Salpetriere) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow where I worked on gene therapies in Congenital Muscular Dystrophies related to LMNA gene mutations.

Since September 2015, I joined the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa (University of Cape Town) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. My current research project focuses on the role of hypertension in heart disease during pregnancy


Dr Frederic Nduhirabandi

Email: frederic.nduhirabandi@uct.ac.za  Tel: 0214066088

BMedSc, BSc (Hons) MedBioSc, MScMedSc, PhD

I obtained my Bachelor degree in Bio-Medical Sciences from the Medical Faculty of the University of Lubumbashi (UNILU, DRC), after which I did my BSc (Honours) in Medical Bio-Science at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) where I was also a part-time tutor assistant and practical demonstrator  in Human Biology and Microbiology. Later on, I joined the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University (Division of Medical Physiology) as a Research Assistant and, in the same time, completed my Master’s degree (cum laude) and PhD in Medical Physiology. During my PhD, I investigated the role of the pineal gland hormone melatonin in cardioprotection in obesity with a particular focus on the mechanisms involved in glucose homeostasis, microvascular endothelial function and mitochondrial function in normal and insulin resistant states.

Since February 2014, I joined the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa (University of Cape Town) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. My current research focuses on the role of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) and the mechanisms of actions of melatonin in cardioprotection.


Physiology Society of Southern Africa (PSSA), South African Heart Association, South African Society for Cardiovascular Research (SASCAR), European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/Working Group on Cellular Biology of the Heart.


Dr Evelyn Ngwa Lumngwena (PhD)

Email:  EN.Lumngwena@uct.ac.za

I am a Cameroonian born and raised in Cameroon. I obtained my Undergraduate and M.Sc degrees in biochemistry from the Universities of Buea and Yaounde I, Cameroon. I registered at the University of Cape Town in 2012 to do a PhD in HIV virology. During my PhD, I investigated the role of HIV Subtype C Envelope N-glycosylation in DC-SIGN mediated modulation of dendritic cell responses via modulation of inflammatory cytokine secretion.

I completed my PhD in March 2017, and joined Prof Ntobeko Ntusi's research group April 2017 as a postdoctoral fellow to work on the differential protein expression in the heart tissues and blood of patients with rheumatic heart disease. Our group (the Ntusi research group) became part of the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa since November 2017 till now.


Dr  Gaurang Deshpande

021-4066554 | dshgau001@myuct.ac.za

BSc (Biotechnology), MSc(Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology), PhD (Medicine)

I was born in Vapi, Gujarat, India in 1985. My father is a Physician and my mother is a home maker. I enjoy playing cricket, swimming and boxing. Other hobbies include cooking, reading and music.

I finished my matric in 2001 and my junior college in 2003. I then pursued my Bachelor’s in Biotechnology at Hislop College, Nagpur, affiliated to RTM Nagpur University. I went on to the University of Sussex, United Kingdom to do my MSc. I completed my PhD at the University of Cape Town where I set up and validated a novel model of acute heart failure and studied the metabolic and molecular mechanisms involved in functional recovery after an episode of acute heart failure. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Genetics group at Hatter Institute.


  • Member – South African Heart Association
  • Member – Physiological Society of South Africa.
  • Member – South African Society for Cardiovascular Research (SASCAR)
  • Secretary- Postdoctoral Association of UCT

Research Project

My current project under Cardiovascular Genetics is titled "Expression, Function and Cell Biology of FAM111B, a novel protein associated with multi-system fibrosis".

Dr Kim Lamont 

I was born in Durban but grew up in Johannesburg. I completed my undergraduate degree in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Limpopo with distinction. I then transitioned from the University of Limpopo to the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2007, to complete my Honours degree.