Distinguished Prof. Kathy H Myburgh
National Research Foundation: Research Niche Area for Integrative Skeletal Muscle Biology
National and Regional Research Collaborators:
University of KwaZulu-Natal: Dept Biochemistry - Dr Carola Niesler
Senior Group Members:Postdoctoral Fellow:
MSc: Recently graduated:
- Tracy Ollewagen
- Carol Mahachi
- Rhys McColl
Recent Postdoctoral Fellows:
- Dr Jason Lovett (postdoctoral fellow, Meridian Health,USA)
- Dr Peter Durcan - Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Afrobodies Biotechnology Dr Nick Woudberg - Senior Scientist Synexa, Cape Town
Prof. Myburgh is the Leader of both the Muscle Research Group and the NRF RNA for Integrative Skeletal Muscle Research and the academic head of the Central Analytical Facility for Live Cell Imaging. The MRG’s interests include:
The Mission of the MRG is to:
- Skeletal muscle injury, inflammation and oxidative stress
- Regeneration from injury including the roles of satellite cells, myoblasts and immune cells
- Processes satellite cell proliferation, differentiation and fusion;
- Specific immune cells and functions of interest include neutrophil adhesion and inhibition; macrophage phenotype.
- Signaling pathways of interest
- Exercise physiology
- Develop an international standard research platform, including up to date equipment and techniques.
- Deliver research that is internationally competitive and relevant; locally relevant and of potential benefit to athletes or persons suffering from muscle diseases.
We work with human subjects, small laboratory animals including transgenic mice; C2C12 cells, primary myoblasts and myotubes.
More information regarding the groups endeavours and Awards: