The Department of Physiological Sciences undertakes investigative research to better understand the health challenges facing South Africa. We have several research groupings headed up by excellent principal investigators who tackle a variety of disease states and aspects of regenerative medicine. The rationale is to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanisms that drive the onset of pathophysiologic states, with the ultimate aim of designing novel therapeutic interventions.
Our laboratories are arguably the best equipped in our field within the South African context. For example, within our department we house the Central Analytical Facility (CAF) Microscopy Unit that contains state of the art fluorescence microscopes. The animal housing facility is also located within our precinct and is successfully managed by highly qualified staff members of our department. We also house the DST/NRF South African Research Chair for Integrative Skeletal Muscle Physiology, Biology and Biotechnology.
Our dynamic vision means that we have successfully developed collaborative projects with several laboratories within South Africa and abroad. Colloquially this comprehensive strategic approach ensures the generation of first-class research outputs and the nurturing and development of human resources (students and staff), thereby further strengthening our national and international image within the Physiology discipline.
Please see below all our different research groups, principal investigators and links to more information regarding each group, as well as information on our two Spin-out companies:
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|Cardio-Oncology Research group||Dr B Sishi|
|Muscle Research group||Prof K Myburgh|
Cardio-Metabolic Research group
|Dr Danzil Joseph |
Cardiac Conduction Group
|Dr Carin De Villiers|
|Neuro Research group||Prof B Loos|
|Cancer Research group||Prof A-M Engelbrecht|
|Bio-Inspired Drug Delivery (BioIDD) Research group||Dr Sanjeev Rambharose|
|Integrated Metabolic Research group||Dr T Nell|
|Clinical Hemorheology and Coagulation group||Prof R Pretorius|