Balindiwe (Bali) Sishi (Treasurer)

Dr Balindiwe Sishi, mostly known as Bali, is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Physiological Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Born in the in the “Windy City” of Port-Elizabeth (now known as Gqeberha), raised in the “City of Flowers” (Pietermaritzburg – KwaZulu Natal) and now residing in second oldest town in South Africa – Stellenbosch. Bali graduated with a B.Sc. (2006), B.Sc. Hon. (2007), MSc (2008) and a Ph.D. (2012), all from Stellenbosch University. She then pursued her academic career by being actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, as well as research. 

Bali has always been fascinated about the functioning of the human body, not only when it functions well, but also during disease: how minute cells from different organs which form part of different systems, communicate with one another in a holistic manner to relay important information to bring about a particular function/response.

As part of her research activities, she is the Principal Investigator of the Cardio-Oncology Research Group (CORG) which conducts basic research on the side effects of the chemotherapeutic drug Doxorubicin in the heart. The group’s interests lie in understanding the basic mechanism of cardiovascular damage by paying particular attention to Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Endoplasmic Reticulum and Oxidative Stress, Protein Degradation Systems and Calcium regulation, and microRNA expression within this context. 

Her services include being the current Secretary and Treasurer of the Physiology Society of Southern Africa (PSSA), an Executive committee member of the South African Society for Cardiovascular Research (SASCAR), Management Committee member of Centre for Cardio-Metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA), a member of the South African National Committee (SANC) for the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS), and now the Treasurer of the African Association of Physiological Sciences (AAPS). In addition, not only is she an honorary member and fellow of the Frederik van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Leadership Development, Bali is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, where she currently serves as the course coordinator of various undergraduate modules. 

Bali is a people’s person that enjoys interacting with like-minded individuals. She likes to teach but enjoys learning much more. Her hobbies include reading, shopping, dancing and like most individuals in Stellenbosch and the surrounds, wine tasting. She lives by the motto: WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER.