Medical Physiology
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Division of Medical Physiology

​​​​​​​​​​HonsMedSci Students

Class off 2020

  • Emma​ Howard

Qualification: BSc Sports Science

Research: The effect of S. africana caerulea (Bloublom Salie / Blue Sage) (BBLS) on lipid profile and blood pressure control in the rat model​.

Supervisor:  Dr Ruduwaan Salie

  • Anri​ Kotze

Qualification:  BSc Human Life Sciences (Physiology & Biochemistry)

Research: The role of methyl donor nutrients' fortification on hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress in H9C2 cardiomyocytes.

Supervisor: Dr Lawrence Mabasa (SAMRC)

  • Cassidy​ Williams

Qualification: BSc Human Life Sciences (with Anatomy) 

Research: Cardiometabolic risk factors in HIV-infected patients: How useful is electrocardiography as a screening tool?

Supervisor: Prof Hans Strijdom, Dr Festus Kamau and Dr Frans Everson

  • Skyla Elijah ​

Qualification: BSc Human Life Sciences

Research: An investigation into the possible effects of Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) on sex hormones in male and female Wistar rats. ​

Supervisor: Prof Barbara Huisamen​

  • Malikah ​Hamza

Qualification: BSc Human Life Sciences (Psychology)

Research: The role of oestrogen on ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM) protein in insulin resistant, obese male and female rat models.

Supervisor: Dr Marguerite Blignaut

  • Emily​ Orgovanyi / 

Qualification: BSc Human Life Science (Physiology and genetics)


Supervisor: Dr Hanel Sadie-Vangijsen

  • Carmen-Marie​ Payne

Qualification: BSc Human Life Sciences (Psychology).

Research: Modulating effects of Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) on antioxidant status and vascular function in an obese Wistar rat model.

Supervisor: Dr Shantal Windvogel

  • Dee-lynn ​Carolus


Qualification: BSc Human Life Science

Research: The role of Epac ( Exchange protein activated by cAMP) signalling in endothelial dysfunction

Supervisor: Dr. Erna Marais

  •  Saiuree​ Govender


Qualification: BSc Human Life Sciences

Research: Researching the influence of different hydrogel systems on the functional capacity of MSCs

Supervisor:​ Dr Mari vd Vyver

  • Jenna Leite

Qualification: BSc Human Life Sciences (Physiology and Anatomy)

Research: The In Vitro effects of Methylphenidate (Ritalin) on Sperm Paramaters​.

Supervisor: Prof du Plessis and Miss Skosana

  • Sebastian​ Sanchez


Qualification: BSc Human Life sciences (Physiology and Genetics)

Research: The effects of anti-diabetes TZD drugs on bone stem cell differentiation

Supervisor: Prof William Ferris

  • Robyn ​Leeke


Qualification:  Its BSc Human Life Sciences ( Physiology and Anatomy)​

Research: The effects of anti-diabetic drug, thiazolidinedione (TZD), on mesenchymal stem cell differentiation

Supervisor: Prof William Ferris

  • Amberly​ Oosthuizen

Qualification: BSc (Human Life Sciences (Biology with Psychology)

Research: Impact of exercise intervention on DNA methylation of FKBP5 in obese, insulin resistant South African women.

Supervisors: Dr. Willmer and Dr. Pheiffer (SAMRC)