​​​​​​​​​​​​Department of Psychiatry


Research staff​

Prof Robin Emsley  
Professor in Psychiatry, Sarah Turoff Endowed Chair in Schizophrenia Research

MBChB, DCH, FCPsych, MMed (Psych), DMed, DSc

Tel: 021 938 9766​
Fax: 021 938 9738

Robin Emsley obtained his medical degree at the University of Cape Town in 1974, and his psychiatry degree with distinctions at the University of Stellenbosch in 1981. He was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine in 1987, for studies on the neuro-endocrinology of schizophrenia and alcohol dependence and obtained the degree Doctor of Science in 2007 for studies in the psychopathology, neurobiology and psychopharmacology of schizophrenia. He serves on national and international professional and scientific committees and advisory boards, and is the recipient of national and international research grants and awards. He is on the editorial board of several international journals, including Schizophrenia Research, Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Psychiatry 2009, Schizophrenia Research and Treatment, the Open Psychiatry Journal, the Open Clinical Trials Journal, the Open Neuropsychopharmacology Journal, Mind & Brain - The Journal of Psychiatry, the African Journal of Psychiatry and is the past editor of the South African Journal of Psychiatry. He has published 239 scientific publications (articles, letters, chapters, books). His main area of interest is in the psychopharmacology of schizophrenia and his group has published extensively in this field.

Muneeb Salie.jpegDr Muneeb Salie  
Science Writer and Project Co-ordinator

BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
Tel: 021 938 9454

Dr Salie received his PhD in Human Genetics in 2014 from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. For his PhD he studied the genetic aetiology predisposing specific South African population groups to developing TB disease. His work highlighted the importance of host-pathogen interaction studies to fully understand the geo-specific disease burden of TB. In 2016 he took up a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA, in the Department of Developmental Neurobiology. There he used stem cells models to understand the epigenetic regulation of both normal and diseased human brain development. Dr. Salie has been successful in obtaining both national (NRF and MRC) and international (EMBO and Fogarty International Center) grants, has several papers published in internationally recognized journals and has mentored and supervised both under- and postgraduate students in research design and writing.