Dr Blessing Nkazimulo Mkhwanazi




PhD in Physiology (UKZN)
MMedSci Physiology
BSc Honours Biochemistry
BSc Biochemistry and Microbiology

Office Block:

Room B7a
Rabie Saunders Building
Agriculture Campus






+27 (0) 33 260 5453

+27 (0) 33 260 6270


Biographical Sketch

Dr Mkhwanazi is a physiology lecturer in the discipline of Dietetics and Nutrition. He started his academic career as lecturer at the Durban University of Technology from 2016-2018 where he lectured Anatomy and physiology to somatology and emergency medicine students. He holds a PhD in physiology where he evaluated plant derived medicinal plant products on kidney function of diabetic rats. He has presented his research in local and international conferences.

Academic Profile


Current Teaching / Courses

    ·       Introduction to mammalian physiology (MPHY200)

    ·       Advanced Human Physiology (HPHY200)

Research Interests / Areas of Specialty

  • Use of nutraceuticals (functional foods) in the management of metabolic disorders and malaria
  • Body composition and obesity 
  • Medical education and learning styles 

Research Projects

  • Development of a preeclamptic animal model for human care 
  • Body composition of adult females and bodybuilders 
  • Nano-particles and management of diabetes mellitus 
  • Musculoskeletal injuries in sport

Publications (Recent)

  • BN. Mkhwanazi, MR. Serumula, RB. Myburg, FR. Van Heerden, and CT. Musabayane. (2014). Antioxidant effects of maslinic acid in livers, hearts and kidneys of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats: effects on kidney function. Renal Failure; 6: 
  • GA Mavondo, BN Mkhwanazi and MV Mabandla , CT Musabayane(2016). Asiatic acid influences reduction in parasitaemia in P. berghei murine malaria infected Sprague-Dawley male rats. BMC Complementary and Alternative medicine; 16 
  • GA Mavondo, BN Mkhwanazi and MV Mabandla (2016). Pre-infection administration of Asiatic acid retards parasitaemia induction in Plasmodium berghei murine malaria infected Sprague-Dawley rat. Malaria Journal: 15
  • GA Mavondo, BN Mkhwanazi, MV Mabandla, CT Musabayane (2016). Asiatic acid influences glucose homeostasis in P. berghei murine malaria infected Sprague-Dawley rats. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative medicines:13

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