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Dr Balindiwe Sishi

Dr Balindiwe Sishi, mainly known as ‘Bali’ to her peers, was born in the windy city of Port-Elizabeth. She completed her schooling in Pietermaritzburg, KZN and then relocated to the Western Cape to further her studies at Stellenbosch University. She completed her PhD in Physiological Sciences in 2012 (BSc-2006, Honours-2007, MSc-2008) and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University. Among her numerous roles as an academic, she is also a member of the Faculty of Science Committee for the undergraduate Human Life Sciences Programme and a honorary member and fellow of the University's Institute for Leadership. Bali has also served on the committee for the election of a new Vice Rector (Transformation) for the University, included in the South African national list of top 200 Young South Africans in the Science and Technology category in 2013, and was one of 13 South African students selected to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in 2018. Moreover, she is currently the secretary/treasurer of the Physiology Society of Southern Africa and an executive member of the South African Society for Cardiovascular Research. Her research interests lie in the field of Cardio-Oncology where she investigates how chemotherapeutic agents such as Doxorubicin injure the heart, while killing cancerous cells using different mechanisms. Bali has always been fascinated about the functioning of the human body, not only when it functions well but also during disease: how minute cells from different organs which form part of different systems, communicate with one another in a holistic manner to relay important information to bring about a particular function or response. Her favorite organ is the heart, for without it we can survive for very long. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends