UCT launches trichology and cosmetic science MSc

The Hair and Skin Research Laboratory based within the Division of Dermatology at UCT is spearheading the UCT’s new MSc (Med) in Trichology and Cosmetic ScienceThis one-of-a-kind masters of science in medicine (MSc Med) specialising in trichology and cosmetic science will be offered for the first time in 2016 at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

The Hair and Skin Research Laboratory (HSR Lab) based within the Division of Dermatology at UCT is spearheading the programme, and is currently seeking suitable candidates to fill five MSc positions for 2016. 

A world-class facility

The HSR Lab is a comprehensive, fully equipped state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary national facility housed on the top floor of the Old Main Building at Groote Schuur Hospital.

The lab employs a wide range of techniques including molecular biology, biochemistry, protein engineering, proteomics, spectroscopy, electron microscopy, mechanical hair testing.

The lab’s research interests include:

  • validating protocols for preparing hair sample for testing (drugs, hormones and toxins etc.)
  • elucidating mechanisms that govern hair curl (and its influence on substance incorporation)
  • discovering novel and safe molecules to modify hair shape
  • skin toxicology and method development to identifying toxins
  • health and safety issues in cosmetics formulation
  • elucidating valid measurements of skin penetration. 

How to apply

The successful candidates should have a BSc (hons) or equivalent degree in science, health science or engineering. Interested applicants are required to send a letter of motivation, their CV, a synopsis of previous projects, certified copies of degree certificates, and a list of three references with e-mail addresses to Prof NP Khumalo, Ward G23, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory 7925, South Africa. Applications may also be e-mailed to [email protected].

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