Sheila Joperth Take

Sheila Joperth Take


MSc., (Biology), BEd.,

Areas of teaching

Foundation of Biology
Animal Physiology


The University of Goroka
P.O Box 1078
GOROKA 441, Eastern Highlands Province
Papua New Guinea
Phone: (+675) 531 1700

Sheila received a Masters in Natural Sciences -Biology under the supervision of Dr. P. Jeyarathan at the University of Goroka with the thesis titled "The prevalence rate of diabetes mellitus type 2, hypertension and obesity within the Engan and Morobean population groups in Lae, Papua New Guinea." I also received my BA in Education from the University of Goroka in 2006. I am currently teaching the Science Foundation Year Biology, and Animal Physiology at the University of Goroka. A strong advocate for making a difference in the lives of young men and women. I believe in integral development of an individual.

Research Interest/Background

Lies in the area of lifestyle diseases. The rapid change of lifestyle in PNG as a developing nation is an area that needs attention. Many elites of this nation are becoming sick and many have died between the ages of 35 and 55.

I have conducted research to identify the prevalence rate of hyperglyceamia, hypertension and high body mass index in selected groups of Engan and Morobean population living in the urban and rural areas of the second city of Papua New Guinea, Lae. The results indicated that the prevalence rate of overweight and obese adults were high in the urban area when compared to those living in the rural areas. Other data collected were physical activities, diet, alcohol consumption and tobacco use.

Research skills: I have written proposals, read, analyzed, interpreted and edited research papers. I conducted quantitative researches and analyzed quantitative data using the SPSS software.


Conference Proceedings
2011 Presented a paper at the 3rd Science & Technology Conference on Lifestyle Diseases. ENB, UNRE

2011 Presented a Paper at the International Year of Chemistry at UPNG, Port Moresby Conference on Lifestyle Diseases.

2009 Presented a paper at the 2nd Science & Technology Conference, Lae, University of Technology Conference on Lifestyle Diseases.