Department of Life and Consumer Sciences

Prof M Ntwasa

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
School of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: Life and Consumer Sciences
Acting Deputy Executive Dean
Tel: 011 471 2272


  • Anti-cancer drug discovery and development research
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Innate Immunity
  • Molecular Basis of Cancer


  • BSc (Microbiology) University of Cape Town
  • BSc (Honours) (Clinical Science & Immunology) University of Cape Town
  • MPhil (Biochemistry) Cantab
  • PhD (Biochemistry) Cantab

Currently teaching

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology

Field of Specialisation

  • Anti-cancer Drug Discovery and Development

Journal articles

  •   M Ntwasa, E Nweke, UF Cajee (2018). The Retinoblastoma Binding Protein 6 Family is Essential for Embryonic Development and Carcinogenesis. J Cancer Res Forecast. 2018; 1 (1)
  •  Monchusi B, Ntwasa M.(2017). Methyl pyruvate protects a normal lung fibroblast cell line from irinotecan-induced cell death: Potential use as adjunctive to chemotherapyPLoS One 12(8):e0182789. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182789. eCollection 2017.
  • Ntwasa      Monde (2016): Retinoblastoma Binding Protein      6, Another p53 Monitor. Trends in      Cancer, Vol 2, pp. 635-637.
  • Laure El-Chamy, Nicolas Matt, Monde Ntwasa, and Jean-Marc Reichhart (2015).      The multilayered innate      immune defense of the gut.      Biomedical Journal 2015 Jun 12. doi: 10.4103/2319-4170.158621l.
  • Rodney Hull, Brent Oosthuysen,   Umar-Faruq Cajee, Lehlogonolo Mokgohloa, Ekene Nweke, Ricardo Jorge      Antunes, Theresa      HT Coetzer  and Monde Ntwasa (2015).  The Drosophila Retinoblastoma  Binding Protein 6 family member has two isoforms and is potentially involved in embryonic patterning. - Int J Mol Sci. 2015 May 6;16(5):10242-66. doi: 10.3390/ijms160510242
  • Rodney Hull, Mohamed  Alaouna, Lucky Khanyile, Marcus Byrne and Monde Ntwasa. Lifestyle and  host defense mechanisms of the dung beetle Euoniticellus intermedius (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). The  Toll signaling pathway (2013). Journal of Insect Science. 13:      108.
  • Umar Cajee, Rodney Hull,      and M. Ntwasa (2012). Modification by Ubiquitin-Like  Proteins:.Significance in Apoptosis and Autophagy Pathways. Int. J. Mol. Sci., 13(9),      11804-11831.
  • Rodney Hull, Rodrick Katete, Monde Ntwasa (2012). Therapeutic  potential of antimicrobial peptides from insects. Biotechnol. Mol  Biol  Rev . 7: 31-47.
  • Monde Ntwasa, Akira Goto, and Shoichiro Kurata (2012).  Coleopteran antimicrobial peptides: Prospects for clinical applications). Int J Microbiol. 2012: 2012:101989.
  • 10.   Monde Ntwasa (2008). The retinoblastoma binding protein 6 is a potential target for therapeutic drugs. Biotechnol. Mol  Biol  Rev. 3: 24-31