Natashia Muna


Natashia Muna is Senior Lecturer and has been the Coordinator of the Faculty of Health Sciences Writing Lab since its establishment in 2015. Natashia has a background in science, with specialisations in zoology, biodiversity, and molecular and cell biology, and it was during her PhD, while working as a student consultant at the UCT Writing Centre, that she discovered her passion for working with the languages of science.  Through her work in the Writing Lab, Natashia provides academic literacies support, teaching, and capacity development for staff and students in the FHS. Natashia also convenes the MPhil programme in the Department of Health Sciences Education, and is currently researching and supervising in the areas of multimodal social semiotics, and authorial identity development within science contexts.


Selected Publications

  • Gabriels, S., Muna, N. and le Roux, K., 2022. The Affordances of Visual Modes in Pedagogy on the Physics of Motion in Physiotherapy Education. In Biomedical Visualisation (pp. 87-109). Springer, Cham.

  • Muna, N., 2022. A Multimodal Social Semiotics Perspective on Teaching and Learning Using Biomedical Visualisations. In Biomedical Visualisation (pp. 3-21). Springer, Cham.

  • Muna, N. 2022. Exploring the interplay of confidence, authenticity and risk through professional learning In Govender, R., & Jacobs, A. (Eds). Critical Reflections on Professional Learning During Covid-19: Context, Practice and Change. DOI:

  • Muna, N., Paxton, M., Frith, V. and van der Merwe, M., 2020. Unpacking the multimodal discourse demands of microscopy in a bioscience laboratory. International Journal of Science Education, 42(16), pp.2742-2764.

  • Muna, N., Goolam-Hoosen, T., Moxley, K. & van Pletzen, E. 2019. Establishing a Health Sciences writing centre in the changing landscape of South African Higher Education. Critical Studies in Teaching & Learning, 7(1):19-41.

  • Kelly-Laubscher, R., Muna, N. & Van der Merwe, M. 2017. A laboratory report-writing intervention, which provides opportunities for genre acquisition and adoption of new literacy practices. English for Specific Purposes, 48:1-16.

  • Paxton, M., Frith, V., Kelly-Laubscher, R., Muna, N. and Van der Merwe, M. 2017. Supporting the teaching of the visual literacies in the Earth and Life Sciences in Higher Education. Higher Education Research and Development, 1-16.