Medical Physiology
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Division of Medical Physiology

​​​​​​PhD Students​

Class of 2021​​


Qualifications: BSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (SU); BSc (Hons) Genetics (SU); MSc Genetics (SU) 
Research Group: Biomedical Research & Innovation Platform (Cardiovascular Research Group)
Research Project: Identification of novel DNA methylation signatures in the development of cardiovascular disease.
Supervisors: Dr R Johnson (SAMRC)​, Dr E Marais; Dr L Mabasa (SAMRC) and Dr C Pheiffer (SAMRC).

Danelle BOTHA

Qualifications: BSc (Human Life Sciences; cum laude), BSc Hons (Medical Physiology; cum laude)
Research Group:   Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: Potential link between adipose tissue and the heart: obese adipocytes, cardiac ATM and miRNAs.
Supervisor: Prof B Huisamen and co-supervisor Dr M Blignaut.
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Qualifications: MSc Biochemistry (distinction)
Research Group: Biomedical Research and Innovation Platform, Cardio-Metabolic group
Research Project: Prevention of Doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity: A mechanistic study.​
Supervisors: Prof R Johnson (SAMRC), Prof B Huisamen,  Dr L Mabasa (SAMRC) and Dr D van Vuuren.


Qualifications: BSc in Genetics and Biochemistry (UCT), BSc Med Hons. Cell biology (UCT) and MSc Med with distinction in Cell biology.​
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA) and Biomedical Research and Innovation Platform (BRIP).
Research Project: Effect of an obesogenic diet on the epigenetic profile of livers from Wistar rats and treatment with an Aspalathin-rich Rooibos extract.
Supervisors: Dr C Pheiffer (SAMRC), Dr S Windvogel, Dr T Willmer (SAMRC) and Prof R Johnson (SAMRC).
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Elvis Ngala

Qualifications: BSc Human Physiology (Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria), MSc Physiology (Kampala International University, Uganda).
Research Group: Neuroscience​
Research Project: The Effects of Intergenerational Epigenetics of traumatic stress in a sexual defeat rat model.
Supervisors: Dr L Qulu and Prof SMJ Hemmings.
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Charnay Cunningham
Qualifications: BSc Medical BioScience (UWC), BSc (Hons) Medical Bioscience (UWC), MSc Nanoscience (UWC).
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Research Project: The impact of charged particle therapy on tumour angiogenesis.
Supervisors: Dr A Genis and Prof H Strjidom​.
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Supervisors: Prof R Johnson (SAMRC), Dr C Pheiffer (SAMRC), Dr E Samodien, Dr Gerald Maarman.
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Supervisors: Dr C Pheiffer  (SAMRC), Prof R Johnson (SAMRC)​, Prof H Strijdom and Dr H Sadie-van Gijsen.