Zulfah Albertyn started her academic career at the University of Cape Town in 2006 where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in Human Physiology and Genetics. She joined the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa in 2010 as a honours student under the supervision of Assoc Prof Sandrine Lecour as well as expanding her basic science knowledge in cardiovascular disease, regenerative medicine, molecular signalling in medical biochemistry, and cardiovascular function in sports performance. From her honours degree she completed a dissertation entitled “Signalling pathways involved in the cardioprotective effect of melatonin”.
In 2011, Zulfah went on to become a Masters candidate, remaining under the supervision of Assoc Prof Sandrine Lecour. She completed her masters degree in 2012 with a dissertation entitled “The role of Toll-like receptor 4 in wine-induced cardioprotection” as well as contributing to piloting a then-novel health education website (HEDUZA) in the maternity clinic, Groote Schuur hospital, Cape Town. She is currently a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof Karen Sliwa and Prof Simon Stewart where she is exploring a novel health education IT-based intervention clinical trial aimed to reduce excessive weight gain in pregnant women residing in low-middle income areas in South Africa. In addition to the practical component of her PhD, Zulfah is also completing academic modules in Health Economics and Public Health. Her academic interests are to discover innovative cost-effect tools to attenuate maternal mortality as well as child mortality in developing nations and to create awareness about the health issues facing South Africa especially communities that fall under the low-income bracket.
Zulfah is currently the Vice-Chairperson of the Health Sciences Postgraduate Student’s Council at UCT. Her role is to represent postgraduate students in various meetings such the Health Sciences Faculty Board, selection committees for academic posts in the Deanery and postgraduate funding to name a few. On a personal note, Zulfah loves food and baking, reading, performing arts such as ballet, and being outdoors.
Zulfah is a PhD candidate researcher (Protect-Africa study) with the CRE to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease.