Meet the Research Team
Paula Ezinne Melariri
Prof Paula Melariri
Position: Director of Research (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences
Room: F Block Room 003
Location: North Campus
Phone: 0415043501
Email: paulaezinne.melariri@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: PhD Pharmacology (UCT)
Expertise: Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), influence of WASH and the environment on water-quality, waterborne diseases as well as nanomaterials and the environment.
Responsibilities: Facilitate and manage research initiatives designed to strategically advance research in the faculty of Health Sciences as well as to develop partnerships and promote research in alignment with the research and innovation strategy of the faculty and the University at large

Thembeka Sdinane
Ms Thembeka Sdinane
Position: Associate Lecturer
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences
Room: Building 7, Room 0118
Location: South Campus
Phone: 041 504 4020
Email: Thembeka.Sdinane@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BA in Psychology (NMMU), BA hons in Psychology (NMMU), MA Psychology (Nelson Mandela University)
Responsibilities: Research project management, Research administrative support, Research engagement and networking.

Wilbert Sibanda
Dr Wilbert Sibanda
Position: Senior Lecturer & Biostatistician
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences
Room: Ocean Sciences Campus, C-Block, 2nd Floor
Location: Ocean Sciences Campus
Phone: 082 723 9181
Email: Wilbert.Sibanda@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc (Wits University), BSc (Med) Hons (UCT), MSc (Med) (Wits), PhD (Statistical Modelling of HIV (NWU), currently working on PhD (Statistics and Operational Research- Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Barcelona Tech)

Wilma ten Ham-Baloyi
Dr Wilma ten Ham-Baloyi
Position: Lecturer
Department: Nursing Science
Room: R-Block room C206
Location: North Campus
Phone: 041 504 2961
Email: wilma.tenham-baloyi@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: PhD Nursing Science (NWU), MCur, BCur, PGDipl Nursing Education
Expertise: evidence-based practice, implementation science pertaining to maternal and child health and wellbeing, systematic types of reviews
Responsibilities: Lecturing third and fourth year students in evidence-informed practice and research, supervision of Masters and Doctoral students (R174), fourth year level coordinator (R174), conducting research

Birthlin Mouton
Mrs Birthlin Mouton
Position: Research Support
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences
Room: C-block, 2nd Floor, Room C209
Location: Ocean Sciences Campus
Phone: 041 504 2960
Email: Birthlin.Mouton@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: National Diploma in Marketing (NMMU); BCom in Industrial Psychology (UNISA), BCom hons in Industrial Psychology (UNISA)
Responsibilities: Research administrative support

Zukisiwe Sifile
Zukisiwe Sifile
Position: Research Assistant
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences
Room: Building 7, room 0118
Location: South Campus
Phone: 041 504 4020
Email: Zukisiwe.Sifile@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BA in Behavioural Science (North West University), BA hons in Psychology (UNISA)
Responsibilities: Assisting with research and development