NMMU – Sea Anemones for the Win

NMMU – Sea Anemones for the Win

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) hosted an open heat of FameLab SA. Judging the heat were Dr Natasha Beukes from the NMMU Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, Ms Zandile Mbabela, the NMMU Media Manager and Ms Marilyn Gibbs, the EC Regional Science Fair Director: Eskom Young Scientists.

Biochemist, Wynand van Losenoord, from NMMU won the heat! He is currently researching how toxins from sea anemones can be used to improve insulin secretion in people with diabetes. Wynand is passionate about science and says that FameLab provided the platform to show his love and interest for his work. It also generated lots of ideas about how to interact with the public around his science. First runner-up, Otto Joseph, is studying for a Master’s degree in Chemistry at Rhodes University and also proceeds through to the national semi-finals.

Jive will be tweeting live from semi-finals, follow @JiveMediaAfrica, and tweet us with the hashtag #FameLabSA to show your support for Wynand and Otto!

From left: 1st runner-up, Otto Joseph from Rhodes University; Winner, Wynand van Lesenoord and 2nd runner-up - Doctor Tshabalala from NMMU

From left: 1st runner-up, Otto Joseph from Rhodes University; Winner, Wynand van Losenoord and 2nd runner-up, Doctor Tshabalala from NMMU

 

NMMU Media Manager, Zandile Mbabela, looks on during science communication training with Jive Media Africa

NMMU Media Manager, Zandile Mbabela, looks on during science communication training with Jive Media Africa

 

FameLab ® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals. The British Council in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa deliver the FameLab competition in South Africa. Find out more about FameLab South Africa at www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab