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nGAP Lecturer
Name: Sundika Ishwarkumar
Location: 2304J John Orr Building Doornfontein Campus
Human Anatomy and Physiology Staff  Staff Members

Contact Details:
Tel: +27 11 559 6785


About Ms Sundika Ishwarkumar

Ms Ishwarkumar graduated with a B. Medical Science degree with a double major in Anatomy and Microbiology; an Honours and Master’s Degree in Medical Science, both majoring in Clinical Anatomy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, specialising in Forensic Dental Anatomy. Her research niche is Forensic Anthropology with a focus on age, sex and racial estimation using morphological and morphometric parameters of skeletal remains. Her current research is focussed on Forensic Dental Anatomy. She has also been involved in research projects within the fields of Clinical and Developmental Anatomy, with a focus on neurovasculature. She has subsequently published several peer-reviewed articles in accredited journals within the afore-mentioned fields. Sundika has also presented 17 conference presentations. She is involved in student supervision, both honors and masters, with seven successful graduates to date. She is a member of Anatomical Society of Southern Africa, where she served as a Student Representative (2018 to 2019), and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Research Focus Areas:

Human Anatomy

Forensic anthropology

Forensic dental anatomy

Clinical and developmental anatomy


  1. Ishwarkumar S., P. Pillay, C.R. Rennie, M.R. Haffajee. 2016. Sex determination using morphometric and morphological dimensions of the clavicle within the KwaZulu-Natal population, International Journal of Morphology. 34(1):244-251.
  2. Ishwarkumar S., P. Pillay P., M.R. Haffajee and K.S. Satyapal. 2017. Morphometric analysis of the mandible in a KwaZulu-Natal population of South Africa. Folia morphologica. 76(1).82-86.
  3. Pillay P., S. Ishwarkumar, K.S. Satyapal. 2018. Variations of the external and internal jugular veins: A fetal study. International Journal of Morphology. 36(1):145-148.
  4. Ishwarkumar S., P. Pillay, M.R. Haffajee, and K.S. Satyapal. 2019. Prevalence of impacted third molars in a KwaZulu-Natal population of South Africa. South African Dental Association. South African Dental Journal. 74(6): 302-309.
  5. Pillay P., S. Ishwarkumar, K.S. Satyapal. 2021. Classification of the patterns of the emerging branches of the superficial cervical plexus. International journal of Morphology. 39(2): 607-611.