UCT RESEARCH INNOVATION HIGHLIGHTS 2018-19 - Page 19



Professor Floretta Boonzaier,
from the Department of
Psychology, aims to shift the
ways we think about and conduct
research on gender-based
violence. With postdoctoral fellow
Dr Taryn van Niekerk, Boonzaier
will foreground socially just
methodologies and ways of doing
research that might contribute
toward the advancement of social
justice, especially for womxn.
Professor Janet Hapgood, from the
Department of Molecular and Cell
Biology, aims to help womxn make
informed choices about contraception.
Her work investigates the molecular
mechanisms behind the potential
increased risk for womxn using DepoProvera – the hormonal contraceptive
that’s most widely used in subSaharan Africa and may increase the
risk of HIV infection by about 40%.
MERITORIOUS AWARDS
Professor Patricia Kooyman from
the Department of Chemical
Engineering and Dr Robyn Pickering
from Department of Geological
Sciences received meritorious awards
to the value of ZAR750 000 per year
for five years.
Professor Kooyman is exploring
ways to remove carbon monoxide
gas from hydrogen gas with the goal
of improving the methods used to
prepare fuel for fuel cells. She will
also train black womxn postgraduate
researchers in critical skills in chemical
engineering, catalysis research and
transmission electron microscopy.
Dr Pickering and her co-investigators,
Professor Rebecca Ackermann and
Dr Jayne Wilkins, want to take the first
step towards transforming the field of
paleoanthropology, in which womxn are
under-represented and black womxn
are virtually absent.
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