Medical Physiology
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Division of Medical Physiology

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lecturing Staff

  • ​Dr Erna MARAIS

Senior Lecturer

Email: et4@sun.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 983 9254 (w)
Fax: +27 21938 9476

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Qualifications: B.Sc. degree (Biochemistry and Physiology, 1988, SU), B.Sc. Hons. degree (Biochemistry, 1989, SU), M.Sc.degree (Biochemistry, 1997, SU), Ph.D. degree (Medical Physiology and Biochemistry,2002, SU).
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Research Focus: Cardiovascular disease, Ischaemic/Reperfusion injury, Obesity, Cardioprotection; Vasculoprotection;
Cardiovascular signal transduction, Cell signalling (Western blotting technology), Rat heart perfusion technology;
Melatonin; Rooibos; Exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac) signalling​.
Current Postgraduate Students
BSc. Hons.
MSc: 
PhD: 
Post-Doctoral Fellows: 
  • Dr Shantal WINDVOGEL

Senior Lecturer

Email: shantalw@sun.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 938 9613
Fax: +27 21 938 9476

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Qualifications:  BSc (Physiology, Medical Microbiology); BSc Hons (Physiology); PhD (Medical Biosciences) 
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Research Focus: The modulating effects of indigenous plants (e.g. Rooibos, Honeybush and Sutherlandia) on vascular function and antioxidant enzyme activity in various animal models at risk of cardiovascular disease.
Current Postgraduate Students
BSc. Hons.: Carmen Payne
MSc: Dawn Mahlangu; Co-supervisor: Dintle Molopi
PhD: Asive Myataza; Yoonus Abrahams


  • ​​Dr Lihle Qulu
Senior Lecturer

Email: qulul@sun.ac.za
Tel: +27219389391
Fax: +27 21 938 9476




Qualifications:  BSc (Biochemistry), BSc Hons., MSc Medical Science, PhD medical Science
Research Group: Neuroscience Research Group
Research Focus: The role of early life stress and its impact on brain and behaviour. Currently my main focus on answering this question about the impact of early life stress on brain and behaviour is on sexual violence. Our current research focuses on understanding the factors that influence sexual violence in males. This question is answered translationally using a human and animal model.
Current Postgraduate Students
MSc: Lisa Marie Ferguson,  Neo Kgobe Michaela De Kock and  Celsi Fortuin
PhD: Elvis Ngala
  • Dr Derick VAN VUUREN

Senior Lecturer

Email: dvvuuren@sun.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 938 9390
Fax: +27 21 938 9476

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Qualifications:  BSc Hons (Physiology, UNW), MSc, PhD (Medical Physiology, SU)
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Research Focus: 
Current Postgraduate Students
BSc. Hons.: 
MSc: 
PhD: 
Post-Doctoral Fellows:
  • Ms Bongekile SKOSANA

Junior Lecturer

Email: 17884225@sun.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 938 9531
Fax: +27 21 938 9476

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Qualifications:  BHSc (Biomedical Science, Wits), BSc. Hons. (MedSci, SU)​​
Research Group: Stellenbosch University Reproductive Research Group (SURRG)​
Research Focus: 
Current Postgraduate Students
BSc. Hons.: 
MSc: 
PhD: 
Post-Doctoral Fellows:
  • Dr Gerald MAARMAN

Lecturer

Email: gmaarman@sun.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 938 9392
Fax: +27 21 938 9476

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Qualifications: BSc.Hons (SU), MSc.BSc. (SU), Ph.D (UCT), NRF Y-2 Rated researcher.
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Research Focus: Cardio-Pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology (clinical and basic science). Underlying mechanisms of pulmonary arterial hypertension and heart failure in the context of infectious diseases (TB and HIV).
Current Postgraduate Students
MSc: Pamela Sithelo and Melisse Scheepers​
PhD: Siddiqah George