Medical Physiology
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Division of Medical Physiology

​​​​​​​​​​​MSc Students​​​

Class of 2021

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Nadia VAN NIEKERK













Email:  19090064@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc Physiology and Psychology (North West University), BSc Honours Medical Physiology (Stellenbosch University).
Research Group:  ​SURRG (Stellenbosch University Reproductive Research Group)
Project: A mechanistic study on the mu-opioid receptor and its possible modulation of calcium channels in human spermatozoa.
Supervisor(s): Prof. S.S. du Plessis and Dr B Skosana.

Joshua MATTHEE















Qualifications: BSc (Human Life Science); BSc (Hons) (Medical Physiology)
Research Group:  ​Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: Aspalathus linearis as possible SGLT2 inhibitor - its effects on myocardial mitochondria.
Supervisor: Professor B Huisamen

Sarah HARRIES​












Email: 18951457@sun.ac.za 
Qualifications: BSc (Human Life Sciences with Psychology), BSc Hons (Medical Physiology)
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: The anti-ageing effects of buchu and its role on ATM protein kinase signaling in ageing and cardiovascular disease.
Supervisors: ​Prof B Huisamen and co-supervisor Dr M Blignaut.​

Kriston BASSON














Email: 20010834@sun.ac.za 
Qualifications: BSc in Human Life Sciences (SU), BSc Honours in Medical Physiology (SU)
Research Group: Stellenbosch University Reproductive Research Group (SURRG)
Project: The effect of Ritalin on fertility parameters at different ages of exposure in an in vivo rat model
Supervisors: Dr B Skosana 

Lisa Marie FERGUSON














Email:  18546854@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc Human Life Science (Stellenbosch University), BSc Hons Medical Physiology (Stellenbosch University)
Research Group: Stellenbosch University Reproductive Research Group (SURRG)
Project: The Identification of the Dopamine Transporter (DAT) and the effects of Dopamine on Human Sperm Parameters.
Supervisors: Prof. S. S. du Plessis and Dr. L Qulu​

Ilze Verona WILLEMSE













Email: 15171701@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc (Humanlife sciences with Physiology Genetics and Microbiology), BSc Hons (Medical Physiology), PGCE
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: Asphalathus linearis as a possible SGLT2-inhibitor: Investigating the anti-hypertensive effects of Green Rooibos extracts.
Supervisors: ​Prof B Huisamen, Dr E Marais and Dr S Windvogel​.

Caitlin McCAFFREY














Email: mccaffreyc@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc Genetics and Cellular Biology (UKZN Westville), BSc Honours Molecular Biology (Stellenbosch University). 
Research Group: Experimental Pharmacology​
Project: Factors that affect differentiation of adipose-derived stromal cells​.
Supervisors: Prof W Ferris and Dr D van Vuuren

Dintle MOLOPI














Email: 20035233@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc (Medical Sciences), BSc Hons (Medical Physiology)
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: The vascular and endothelial effects of HIV-1, Antiretroviral therapy and Rooibos - functional effects and mechanism.
Supervisors: Dr Amanda Genis and Dr S Windvogel

Boipelo KGOKANE​

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Medical Physiology
Research Group:  ​Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: Cardiovascular risk in PLWH: Is retinal microvascular geometric morphology a marker of effect?
Supervisor: Prof H Strijdom, Dr F Kamau, Dr F Everson

Michael RABELA

 

Qualifications: BSc (Chemistry and Biochemistry), BSc hons (Biochemistry) all from NWU.
Research Group:  Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA).
Project: Obesity, cardiometabolic diseases and aging of the vascular system-the role of ATM.
Supervisor: Prof B Huisamen. Co-supervisors: Dr M Blignaut and Dr G Maarman.

Jacques VAN HEERDEN


Email: 21538816@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: B.Tech and Hons in Clinical Technology: Pulmonology (CUT), B.Tech and Hons in Clinical Technology: Critical Care (CUT).
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA) and Internal Medicine (Pulmonology).
Project: The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 On Respiratory Function.
Supervisors: Prof H Strijdom and Prof C Koeglenberg (Int Med: Pulmonology).

Michaela DE KOCK


Email: 18363830@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc Sports Science (SU),  BSc Hons. in Biokinetics Cum Laude (SU)
Research Group: Neuroscience
Project:  The effects of environmental enrichment on prenatal stress and neuropathic pain.
Supervisors: Dr L Qulu

Chelsi FORTUIN

Email: 18276407@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc Medical Bioscience (UWC), BSc Hons Medical physiology (SU)
Research Group: Neuroscience
Project: Investigate whether exposure to sexual violence alters social behavior via maladaptive HPA axis system.
Supervisors: Dr L Qulu

Saiuree GOVENDER

Email: 20308590@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: Bsc Human Life Sciences and Hons Medical Physiology
Research Group: Experimental Pharmacology
Project: Comparison between the roles of hyperglycaemia, oxidative stress and inflammation as mediators of cellular senescence.
Supervisors: Dr M vd Vyver and Prof R Johnson (SAMRC)

Anri KOTZE

Email: 19222114@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc (Human Life Science), BScHons (Medical Physiology).
Research Group: Maternal methyl donor nutrients and fetal epigenetic programming of breast cancer risk in female Wistar rat offspring.
Project: Maternal methyl donor nutrients and fetal epigenetic programming of breast cancer risk in female Wistar rat offspring.
Supervisors: Dr L Mabasa (MRC)

Sharnay NAIDOO
Email: 19358784@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: 
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Supervisors: Prof R Johnson

Carmen PAYNE


Email: 20785135@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: BSc Human Life Sciences with Psychology, BScHons Medical Physiology
Research Group: Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research in Africa (CARMA)
Project: Delineating the involvement of disrupted mitochondrial pathways in the progression from Tuberculosis to Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in a South African cohort.
Supervisors: Dr G Maarman and Dr S Windvogel 


Nnini OBONYE
Email: 22499679@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: 
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Supervisors: ​Prof C Muller (MRC), Dr S Mazibuko-Mbeje and Prof H Strijdom.

Kauthur PARKER
Email: 20276028@sun.ac.za
Qualifications: 
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Supervisors: Dr S Riedel (MRC)