Medical Physiology
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Division of Medical Physiology

​​​​​​​​​Staff - ​Researchers

  • Prof Amanda LOCHNER

Professor Emeritus

Email: alo@sun.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 9389391

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Qualifications: PhD, DSc
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)​

  • Prof Barbara HUISAMEN

Associate Professor / MRC Chief Specialist Scientist

Email: bh3@sun.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 938 9688

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Qualifications: PhD
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Research Focus: The involvement of the ataxia-telangiectasie (ATM) protein in the development of a diabetic cardiomyopathy. The role of mitophagy during ischaemia and reperfusion of the heart in obesity related insulin resistance and the potential of melatonin to influence these processes. Fractionation of extracts of Cyclopia species and their potential anti-obesity properties (in collaboration with Dr C Pheiffer at the MRC). The possible use of substances isolated from Aspalatus linearis as anti-diabetic and cardioprotective substances (in collaboration with Dr R Johnson at the MRC)

Current Postgraduate Students
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MSc: 
PhD:
Post-Doctoral Fellow: Dr Maguerite Blignaut​

  • Dr Ingrid WEBSTER

Technical Officer

Email: iwebster@sun.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 938 9386

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Qualifications: BSc (Physiology, Genetics and Biochemistry); Honours Physiology; MsC Medical Physiology; PhD Medical Physiology.
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Research Focus: EndoAfrica, HIV and endothelial function. 
  • Dr Amanda Genis

Senior Research Assistant

Email: amanda_g@sun.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 938 9072




Qualifications: BSc Psychology (UNISA); HSc Psychology (UNISA); MSc Medical Physiology (US); PhD Medical Physiology (US)
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Research Focus: Effect of HIV proteins and ART on endothelial function.
Current Postgraduate Students
MSc: Dintle Molopi
PhD: Charnay Cunningham
  • Dr Hanél SADIE-VAN GIJSEN

Senior Researcher/Principal Investigator

Email: hsadie@sun.ac.za
Tel: 021-938-9814




Qualifications: BSc (Biochemistry and Microbiology), BSc Honours (Biochemistry), MSc (Biochemistry), PhD (Biochemistry) (all from Stellenbosch University)
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Research Focus: Metabolism, obesity, animal models of obesity, adipose tissue and adipose stem cells, ex vivo stem cell models of obesity and metabolism (fat and bone), anti-obesity products, nutraceuticals, Rooibos.
Current Postgraduate Students
PhD: Ms Thembeka Nyawo (SA-MRC Parow)
Post-Doctoral Fellow: Dr Liske Kotze-Hörstmann​