Ndlela - Researcher - Durban, Kwazulu-natal, South Africa

Luyanda Ndlela

Durban, Kwazulu-natal, South Africa


I am a very passionate young person with lots of hopes for the future in my scientific career. I hope to expand my skill set in microbiology and put my experience to good use in delivering tangible improvements in quality of life for both humans and the environment.



Work History

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

From April 2013

Name of company: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Position held: Microbiology intern - Providing assistance with various research projects,
administrative tasks, assisting with writing publications, ensuring general laboratory upkeep

Residence assistant academic development officer

From April 2013

In charge of managing students in residence, ensuring that Residence life programmes are
implemented and encouraging students to perform well in academics, monitoring their
academic progress and ensuring that tutoring programmes run smoothly.

Teaching skills: Assisting undergraduate students with practicals, marking scripts, entering
marks, explaining the requirement for practicals, invigilating tests and sitting in on lectures

Research skills:

Microbiology postgraduate research projects - Doing experimental work in the laboratory to meet research objectives for Honours and Master's Thesis. Working independently to conduct various experiments and interpret results.

CSIR Internship - Assisting with tissue culture, algal culture techniques, molecular biology
techniques and field work. Co-authoring in publications and reports

Computer Literacy
Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; PowerPoint Presentation, Workflows, Sigma Plot, MEGA

I am ambitious and compassionate with a love for people and science. I am a strong believer in perseverance and hard work. Love travelling and meeting new people.

Hobbies and recreational activities

I enjoy reading and creative writing. Singing and acting. I enjoy playing tennis, board games and crossword puzzles.

University of KwaZulu-Natal Student Housing Department

January 2011 - November 2011

Name of company: University of KwaZulu-Natal Student Housing Department

Position held: Residence assistant - Assisting students with signing in and out of residence,
implementing programmes and overseeing residence life activities

Student practical demonstrator - Assisting students

University of KwaZulu-Natal Microbiology Department

February 2010 - November 2012

Position held: Student practical demonstrator - Assisting students with science practicals in microbiology, marking scripts, invigilating at practical tests and cleaning up after practicals

Qualifications & Certifications

MSc Microbiology

University of KwaZulu Natal

BSc Honours Microbiology

University of KwaZulu Natal

BSc Microbiology and Plant Pathology

University of KwaZulu Natal

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