Nonhlanhla P Khumalo
Dr Khumalo graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB 1990) and worked half-time for >10 years to raise her daughters. She is a clinician scientist trained in Dermatology (at Groote Schuur & the Oxford Churchill Hospitals) and Public Health (PhD, University of Cape Town - UCT). She was the founding Editor of the South African Journal of Child Health. Dr Khumalo was the lead author of the first systematic review on bullous pemphigoid and subsequently member of the committee that drafted the treatment guidelines for the British Association of Dermatologists (published in 2002). She has, to date published 80 peer reviewed manuscripts including the largest general population data on the epidemiology of African hair/scalp disorders. She was invited as guest editor for Dermatologic Clinics (issue: “African skin and hair” April 2014), is a contributor to UpToDate (traction alopecia) and author of 5 book chapters.
Dr Khumalo has a unique combination of research skills and moves comfortably from the bedside, to the laboratory and community. She established the Hair and Skin Research Laboratory (HSR Lab), a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary facility (funded by the National Skills Fund). The National Cosmetic Safety Testing Unit and the Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Formulation Science (both South Africa’s firsts) are funded by the Services Sector Education and Training Authority and run within the HSR Lab (since 2017).
Dr Khumalo received the inaugural Discovery Foundation (SA) Research Fellowship Award in 2007, ad hominum promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in 2009 and became Head of Dermatology at UCT in December 2012. She was awarded the National Research Foundation Research Chair (the SARChI Chair in Dermatology and Toxicology in 2015) and promoted to full professor in 2016. She co-supervises research through basic science projects (MSc/PhD in Specialization Trichology and Cosmetic Science) and the clinical residency program (FCDerm Dermatology).