Dr Safiyyah Iqbal
My name is Dr Safiyyah Iqbal and I am currently a lecturer for first year medical students at the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. The University of the Witwatersrand is where I also earned my undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science (BSc) in 2012 majoring in Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences. I then furthered my study by completing my BSc honours (2013), MSc degree (2014) and PhD (2019) in Palaeontology at the Evolutionary Studies Institute (ESI), School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand. My educational research comprises of understanding the form related to the function or vice versa of prehistoric organisms. This allowed me to expand my abilities by studying a variety of subjects in different disciplines. My proposed research builds on my honours and masters studies. As those two projects of mine were the first attempts of using Geometric Morphometric statistical analyses. My PhD was a multidisciplinary approach which was the first in this field by combining Palaeonology and Mechanical Engineering by emphasizing the application of finite elements analyses in studying the functional morphology of fossils postcrania. These past years, I have participated in numerous conferences - The Imaging with Radiation: 1st South African Biennial Conference held at the Necsa’s Visitor Centre, the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa’s Biennial Meeting and the African Light Source conference and workshop held in Grenoble, France, just to name a few. As well as the outreach programme at the ESI (e.g., Sci-Bono, Yebo-gogga, etc). This participation allowed fellow scientists to be aware of the research that the University of the Witwatersrand provides in this new day and age of technology. I am the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans 2018 and also a nominated member of the Steering committee of the African Light Source.