Prof Emmanuel Mukwevho loves biochemistry and readily shares his expertise as a member of a whole string of national and international bodies he serves on.

Biochemist does what he loves most

Prof Emmanuel Mukwevho’s term as council member of the the South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology runs from 2018 to 2021.

A recent feather in his cap was his appointment to the council of the South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SASBMB).


The organisation exists to promote biochemistry and molecular biology in the country. Their aim is to promote scientific exchange and interaction with government departments, the South African Council for Natural Science Professionals and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


A rising star


Emmanuel, an academic in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, has an Y2 rating in biochemistry from the National Research Foundation. He earned this distinction – awarded to young scientists under the age of 40 – in January 2017.


He has served as subject chair of biochemistry at the campus in Mahikeng since 2016, and is involved in various activities of the national Department of Science and Technology.


His sphere of influence extends to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s External Ethics Committee, where he has been appointed for a three-year term from 2018 to 2021.


Furthermore, Emmanuel is a member of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and of the American Physiological Society. He has served as a reviewer for quality control at the Council for Higher Education since 2012.


Commenting on his appointment to the SASBMB, he says: “It means I am part of the executive decision-making body on the wellbeing and promotion of biochemistry and molecular biology in South Africa.


“This organisation is affiliated to the International Union for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and it is an honour to serve on such a prestigious council.”