Dr Retha C.M. Kotze (PhD) is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Medical Bioscience (MBS) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Dr Kotze previously worked as a health professional (dietitian) and during this time, she furthered her studies and obtained an MSc (2010) and PhD (2015) at North West University.
Dr Kotze joined UWC in 2015 and her main responsibility is lecturing anatomy and physiology to first year students and physiology to third year students. She also lectures for the BSc Honours MBS programme and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.
Her research at UWC involves reproductive biology, specifically comparative sperm biology, focusing on sperm structural and functional characteristics. Currently, her research focuses on sperm biology of keystone insect species, including the South African honey bee subspecies. Dr Kotze is also involved in teaching and learning related research projects investigating educational tools for blended learning.