Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine:
Current Reality and the Future

Dr. Keolebogile Shirley Motaung
Medical Research Scientist and Section Head
Department of Biomedical Sciences at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
Tshwane, South Africa

Dr. Keolebogile Shirley Motaung

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Tuesday, September 17th
6:00 - 7:00 pm
University Union, Orchard Suite

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in collaboration with Pan African Studies, Women’s Studies and Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program welcome Dr. Keolebogile Shirley Motaung, Section Head and Managing Director of the Research & Innovation Department of Biomedical Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology, Tshwane, South Africa. Dr. Motaung will present a special lecture on tissue engineering as part of the fall 2013 Regenerative Medicine lecture series.

Tissue Engineering is defined as science of design and manufacture of new tissues for the functional restoration of impaired organs and replacement of lost parts due to cancer, diseases and trauma. Currently, Dr. Motaung is the only black female and person in South Africa holding a Ph.D. in tissue engineering of articular cartilage. She will discuss her research in the field of tissue engineering of articular cartilage for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). In most African countries, including South Africa, hip OA is associated with common occupations such as farming; and knee OA is associated with occupations in health, mines, and many others that require repeated bending, crouching, crawling or carrying heavy loads.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Keolebogile Shirley Motaung is a registered Medical Technologist (Chemical Pathology), Medical Research Scientist and Section Head at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Tshwane, South Africa. She completed her Master’s degree in Biomedical Technology at the former Technikon Pretoria in 2003. In 2006, Dr. Motaung was the first female at Tshwane University of Technology to receive a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her Ph.D. at University of California, Davis. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2010, at TUT in collaboration with University of California, Davis where she worked under supervision of Prof. Hari Reddi a world-renowned scientist in Morphogenetic Proteins and Regenerative Medicine and a pioneer in the field of bone and cartilage regeneration.

Dr. Motaung also serves as a reviewer for Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine and Journal of Ethno pharmacology and she has been extensively involved in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her research interests are mainly on cellular and molecular insights of cartilage regeneration and osteoarthritis using tissue engineering and stem cell biotechnology. She has published extensively in the last 3 years and has ventured in the use of medicinal plants in tissue regeneration of cartilage.

Contact Information

Regenerative Medicine Lecture Series 
Dr. Rosalee Carter
E-mail: carterrc@csus.edu
Office phone: (916) 278-7391

STEM Scholars Series

Sharon Puricelli
Coordinator, Center for STEM Excellence
E-mail: stem@csus.edu
(916) 278-2789