Medical Physiology
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Division of Medical Physiology

​​​​​Head of Division

Prof Stefan DU PLESSIS​​​


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Research Group:  Reproductive Research Group
Research Focus:  Factors affecting male gamete function

Current Postgraduate Students
Honours:  Amelia Cockrell; Terry Ann de Jager
MSc:  Bongekile Skosana; Esmarie Van der Merwe
PhD:  Bashir Ayad; Claudine Manirafasha

​Prof Stefan S du Plessis is Head of the Division of Medical Physiology and full professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He graduated with a B.Sc. (1989), BSc. Hon. cum laude (1990), M.Sc. (1994), Hon.B., B&A (1997), MBA (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) from Stellenbosch University.

Prof. du Plessis is actively involved in undergraduate teaching to medical and allied health students. As an NRF rated researcher he also heads up the Stellenbosch University Reproductive Research Group (SURRG) in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, thereby being responsible for basic research on male gametes and post graduate student training. His research interest is sperm function and the factors that can influence it (oxidative stress, anti-oxidants, obesity, insulin, leptin, glucose, GLUT8, nicotine and STI's). Internationally Prof. du Plessis collaborates extensively with Prof. Ashok Agarwal (Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, US), Dr Diana Vaamonde (University of Cordoba, Spain), Prof Fanuel Lampiao (College of Medicine, Malawi), as well as several other international recognized scientists. At national level he collaborates with Prof Gerhard van der Horst (UWC), Dr Guillaume Aboua (CPUT), Prof Danie Franken (SU), Prof Roelof Menkveld (SU) and Prof Thinus Kruger (SU).

To date he has published more than 62 peer reviewed scientific articles, 25 book chapters and 3 books. He serves on the editorial board of two leading international journals and regularly acts as an ad hoc reviewer for various scientific journals and funding bodies.

As a teacher he is recognized by serving as faculty member, moderator and examiner to several national and international universities as well as the SA College of Medicine. He is also a former recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and served on the University Council for two terms. Currently he is a member of ​​Senate, Faculty board and Research C Committee.

He is married and has two children.