FHS graduate’s research focuses on combating breast cancer in African women

21 December 2023 | Director Rozanne Engel. Videography & Video Edit Boikhutso Ntsoko. VP Team Roxanne Harris, Rozanne Engel, Boikhutso Ntsoko and Ruairi Abrahams

Meet Maryam Karaan, a driven Health Sciences graduate who is on a mission to help combat cancer through her research. After the loss of many of her family members to cancer, Karaan was inspired to contribute ground breaking research within the field.

Her ambitions did not just stop in the research lab, Karaan is also a successful business owner and leveraged her scientific knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to create a skincare line with two of her friends.

This multifaceted University of Cape Town graduate received a MSc Medicine in Chemical Biology degree during the Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony on 14 December 2023.

Please visit the graduation feature page for more stories on some of our inspirational graduates and to view the ceremonies: December 2023 Graduation

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December 2023 Graduation

The University of Cape Town (UCT) hosted graduation ceremonies on Thursday, 14 and Friday, 15 December 2023. The video recordings are available on this feature page and UCT’s YouTube channel.

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Graduation programmes

The names of all of the December 2023 qualifiers are listed in the graduation ceremony programmes. Congratulations to everyone who graduated this December.

We are excited to see our UCT graduates unleash their potential for a fair and just society. Join the celebrations on social media by using the #UCTGrad2023 hashtag.

Our stories: inspirational graduates

The UCT News team has profiled a cross-section of inspirational graduands whose stories have inspired us. To all those we haven’t been able to feature, we’d like to say: each one of you is an inspiration – to your university, your families and your communities. We wish you every success in the future.


#UCTGrad2023 – social media elements

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