Medical Physiology
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Division of Medical Physiology

​​​Class of 2020

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Pamela SITHELO

Email:  pamelasithelo188@gmail.com
Qualifications:  BSc (Hons) Physiology - WSU

Research Group:  Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: Investigating the efficacy and underlying mechanism of cardioprotection afforded by Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) in Angiotensin-II induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy & apoptosis
Supervisors:  Dr Erna Marais



Nadia VAN NIEKERK
Email:  19090064@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc Physiology and Psychology (North West University), BSc Honours Medical Physiology (Stellenbosch University).

Research Group:  ​SURRG (Stellenbosch University Reproductive Research Group)
Project: A mechanistic study on the mu-opioid receptor and its possible modulation of calcium channels in human spermatozoa.
Supervisors: Prof. S.S. du Plessis, Ms. Bongekile Skosana.




Joshua MATTHEE

Qualifications: BSc (Human Life Science); BSc (Hons) (Medical Physiology)

Research Group:  ​Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: Aspalathus linearis as possible SGLT2 inhibitor - its effects on myocardial mitochondria.
Supervisor: Professor Barbara Huisamen







Neo KGOBE
Email: 22644660@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc Medical Bioscience (UWC), HonsBSc Medical Physiology (SU)

Research Group: Endocrinology (Dept. of Medicine)
Project: The implications of glucocorticoid treatment on ARV-exposed adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stem cell differentiation potential.
Supervisors: ​Prof William F. Ferris​






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: Professor Barbara Huisamen and co-supervisor Dr Marguerite Blignaut.

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Sarah HARRIES​
Email: 18951457@sun.ac.za 
Qualifications: BSc (Human Life Sciences with Psychology), BSc Hons (Medical Physiology)
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: The anti-ageing effects of buchu and its role on ATM protein kinase signaling in ageing and cardiovascular disease.
Supervisors: ​Prof Barbara Huisamen and co-supervisor Dr Marguerite Blignaut.​






Kriston BASSON
Email: 20010834@sun.ac.za 
Qualifications: BSc in Human Life Sciences (SU), BSc Honours in Medical Physiology (SU)

Research Group: Stellenbosch University Reproductive Research Group (SURRG)
Project: The effect of Ritalin on fertility parameters at different ages of exposure in an in vivo rat model
Supervisors: Bongekile Skosana 








Michelle MAARTENS
Email: 19319398@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc Physiology and Psychology (North West University), BSc Hons Medical Physiology (Stellenbosch University)

Research Group: Stem cells & Regenerative medicine research group (PI: Dr M van de Vyver) at the Stephan Hough Research Laboratories, Department of Medicine.
Project: Antioxidant supplementation as protective strategy against mesenchymal stem cell dysfunction.
Supervisors: Dr Mari van de Vyver and Co-supervisor: Dr Erna Marais

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Sandisiwe MATYESINI
Email: s.matyesn@gmail.com
Qualifications: BSc Hons (Biochemistry)(Stellenbosch University), BSc (Human Life Sciences)(Stellenbosch University)

Research Group: Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Research Group (PI: Dr M van de Vyver) at Stephen Hough Research Laboratories; Department of Medicine
Project: Using TIRF and STORM in tandem to investigate adherence and migration patterns in stem cells.
Supervisors: Dr Mari van de Vyver and Mrs Lize Engelbrecht



Lisa Marie FERGUSON
Email:  18546854@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc Human Life Science (Stellenbosch University), BSc Hons Medical Physiology (Stellenbosch University)

Research Group: Stellenbosch University Reproductive Research Group (SURRG)
Project: The novel identification of the Dopamine Transporter (DAT) and the effect of dopamine and DAT Antagonist, Ritalin, on human sperm functionality.
Supervisors: Prof. S.S. du Plessis and Ms Bongekile Skosana​









Ilze Verona WILLEMSE
Email: 15171701@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc (Humanlife sciences with Physiology Genetics and Microbiology), BSc Hons (Medical Physiology), PGCE

Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: Asphalathus linearis as a possible SGLT2-inhibitor: Investigating the anti-hypertensive effects of Green Rooibos extracts.
Supervisors: ​Prof Barbara Huisamen, Dr E Marais and Dr S Windvogel​.







Caitlin McCAFFREY
Email: mccaffreyc@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc Genetics and Cellular Biology (UKZN Westville), BSc Honours Molecular Biology (Stellenbosch University). 

Research Group: Stephen Hough Basic Research Laboratory​
Project: Factors that may affect the endocrine communication between the subcutaneous and visceral adipose depots.
Supervisors: Prof William Ferris, Dr Derick van Vuuren






Dintle MOLOPI

Email: 20035233@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc (Medical Sciences), BSc Hons (Medical Physiology)

Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: The vascular and endothelial effects of HIV-1, Antiretroviral therapy and Rooibos - functional effects and mechanism
Supervisors: ​Dr Shantal Windvogel







Boipelo KGOKANE​
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Medical Physiology
Research Group:  ​Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: Cardiovascular risk in PLWH: Is retinal microvascular geometric morphology a marker of effect?
Supervisor: Prof Hans Strijdom, Dr Festus Kamau, Dr FP Everson


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Nnini OBONYE
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Kauthur PARKER
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