2020/2021 NRF Hamilton Naki Award for Professor Sharon Prince

04 Nov 2021
Sharon Prince
04 Nov 2021


This year Professor Sharon Prince, Head of the Department of Human Biology at UCT, received the prestigious Hamilton Naki Award at the annual National Research Foundation (NRF) Special Recognition Awards ceremony.

This award is named after Hamilton Naki a self-taught surgeon who developed his career against all odds and recognises individuals who have made outstanding efforts in advancing their careers in science who have achieved international recognition for their research in both quality and impact despite considerable equity challenges.

Professor Prince’s award citation highlights her role as a leading cancer researcher whose large research group focuses on ‘studying novel therapeutic interventions and drug targets for the treatment of cancer’. It states, ‘she has supervised 78 students from Honours to Postdoc level, most of whom are from marginalised groups including Black and female students’ and has ‘published more than 72 articles in peer-reviewed publications including PLoS Genetics and Nature Communications.’

We at HUB are very proud of Professor Prince and congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition and award!

Read the full award citation here.