Prof. Sandile P Songca
Deputy Vice Chancellor
University of Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Prof Songca completed his doctorate in organic chemistry with a medicinal chemistry slant in the development and applications of porphyrin compounds for use as photosensitisers in photodynamic therapy at the Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London in 1994. He went on to investigate the use of photodynamic therapy against cancer of the Liver at the Liver Research Unit of the Groote Schuur Hospital as a guest Professor of the University of Cape Town. After this he went on to continue his research, expanding it to various nano materials at the Walter Sisulu University, University of South Africa, Medical University of Southern Africa and the University of Zululand. He took an active interest in medicinal plants prospecting while he was at the Medical University of Southern Africa, with special focus on antibacterial, anti-inflamatory, anti-cancer activity and toxicity of medicinal plant extracts and chemical constituents. This led to the development of a multidisciplinary research group across these South African Universities in collaboration with researchers at Mahatma Gandhi University in India, Tohoku University in Japan and recently Qilu University of Technology in China. His current research focuses on the use of nanoparticles as drug carries of medicinal plant constituents.