Khanyisile Shabangu

Masters Student


Khanyisile Shabangu is currently a Masters student specialising in Botany at the University of Johannesburg. Her research topic is “A molecular phylogeny of the Southern African endemic genus, Sisyranthus”. When completing her undergraduate studies, Khanyisile specialised in Biochemistry and Botany. She then studied further and completed her Honours in Botany and Plant Biotechnology. Her main research interests are taxonomy, plant systematics and plant conservation. She hopes to have a positive impact on the world of science and to inspire young, upcoming female scientists to do the same.

Key Achievements

  • Member of the Local organizing committee for the 7th International Barcode of Life Conference 2017
  • 2016 3rd place for Best Masters talk (UJ annual postgraduate symposium) and obtained Honors Degree in Botany
  • 2015 Best Honours Poster award (UJ annual postgraduate symposium)and appointed as Head tutor for 1st year biology


Plant Molecular Systematics
Plant Taxonomy

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