Shani is a cardiovascular physiologist, appointed as senior lecturer and researcher in the field of Human Cardiovascular Physiology. As part of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART), Shani performs and performed research in research studies, including the African-PREDICT study, PURE study, SABPA II study and EndoAfrica study.
Shani’s research mainly focuses on cardiovascular physiology, specifically with regards to hypertension and inflammation and how these factors relate to cardiovascular disease and mortality risk. She completed her PhD in 2015, which was titled “Soluble Urokinase Plasminogen Activator Receptor: Exploring its potential as a marker of cardiovascular disease development in black South Africans of the PURE study. In 2016, she visited the British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre at Glasgow University, Scotland as a post-doctoral research fellow, where she worked closely with Dr. Jennifer Logue and Dr. Paul Welsh and investigated the effect of a real-life weight management programme on the cardiometabolic profile of more than 4000 diabetic patients.
Furthermore, Shani supervises several honours, masters and doctorate students. She has published many research articles in international, peer-reviewed journals and have presented at national and international conferences. She received the Lionel Opie Award: Winner of the Joint 1st Place Prize for Best Poster Presentation of the Discovery Health Clinical Excellence Awards at the Stroke & Hypertension Congress in 2014. She is also a member of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), ISH New Investigators Network (ISH-NIN), European Society of Cardiology (ESC): Working group on Atherosclerosis and Vascular biology, South African Hypertension Society (SAHS) and the Golden Key International Honour Society.
In her work, Shani aims to obtain first-hand knowledge from experts in her field and to build a network with future collaborators to assist her in developing as an innovative researcher, as well as to teach and inspire students to become future researchers.