Academic

Prof Grieta (SM) Hanekom

Director: School for Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences
BSc, Dipl Hosp Diet, Hons BSc, MSc, PhD
  +27 18 299 2027
  +27 18 299 1053
  grieta.hanekom@nwu.ac.za
  F12-124, Potchefstroom Campus
Management, Diet surveys, iron and vitamin A deficiencies, Food Service Management, Research in Teaching-Learning

Prof Fritz (FC) Eloff

Associate Professor, Program leader Occupational Hygiene
DSc, Registered Occupational Hygienist SAIOH
  +27 18 299 2442
  +27 18 299 1053
  fritz.eloff@nwu.ac.za
  F12-116, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational Hygiene

Prof Fritz Eloff is a lecturer and researcher in the field of Occupational Hygiene and Physiology. His specific interests include occupational hygiene legislation, worker exposure to hazardous chemicals, carcinogens, DNA damage and repair, dermal exposure, thermal stress and ergonomics factors. He is currently a member of the Occupational Hygiene and Health Research Initiative (OHHRI). He has served on the scientific committees of various international conferences and is a member of the Certification board and Examination board of the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene.

Prof Johannes (JM) van Rooyen

Professor
DSc in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2440
  +27 18 1053
  johannes.vanrooyen@nwu.ac.za
  F12-114, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular function, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, and vascular stiffness

Prof van Rooyen is a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Medical Biological Scientist. He has been a NRF rated scientist (C3) since 2004 and the Subject Chair of Physiology in the School for Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences since 2005. He participated in several projects like the PURE (Prospective Urban-Rural Epidemiology) study; SABPA (Sympathetic Activity and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Africans) study and recently, since 2013, the African-PREDICT study of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) of the North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa. He lectures Cardiovascular Physiology to pre- and postgraduate students.

Dr Shani Botha

Senior lecturer
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 285 2262
  +27 18 299 1053
  shani.botha@nwu.ac.za
  F12-110, Potchefstroom Campus
Physiology: Inflammation and cardiovascular disease

Dr Shani Botha is a senior lecturer and researcher in the field of Human Physiology. She teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her research focusses on markers involved in the inflammatory process and the link thereof with the development of cardiovascular disease, especially in different ethnic groups.

Dr Yolandi Breet

Lecturer
PhD
  +27 18 299 2436
  +27 18 299 1053
  21195706@nwu.ac.za
  F12-115, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular physiology

Dr Yolandi Breet is a lecturer and researcher in the field of cardiovascular physiology. Her research focuses on factors leading to the development of cardiovascular disease, especially in the black South African population. Her specific interests include vascular structure and function, early vascular aging as well as markers involved in the development of hypertension, especially inflammatory biomarkers. She holds a research fellow membership with the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and is also a member of the South African Hypertension Society (SAHS), Physiology Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) and the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Ms Sonette du Preez

Lecturer
MSc in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 285 2689
  dupreezsonette@nwu.ac.za
  F12-117, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational hygiene

Mrs du Preez is a researcher and lecturer in the field of Occupational Hygiene and is mainly focused on identifying the health risks associated with Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) processes undertaken at different facilities in South-Africa. Her research is also aimed at providing important information necessary for training employees on the health consequences of being exposed to the materials used in additive manufacturing and to deliver effective control measures. Mrs du Preez lectures undergraduate modules in Occupational Hygiene and is registered as an Occupational Hygiene Assistant with the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH).

Prof Carla (CMT) Fourie

Associate Professor
PhD, RN (General, midwifery and psychiatry)
  +27 18 299 2080
  carla.fourie@nwu.ac.za
  F12-106, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular structure and function and HIV as co-morbidity

Prof Carla MT Fourie is an Associate Professor in the field of Human Physiology. She teaches undergraduate students and supervises postgraduate students. Her research focusses on the development of cardiovascular disease in the South African population. Her specific interest is the influence of HIV and hypertension as co-morbidities, and markers of inflammation and oxidative stress as well as health behaviours, on vascular structure and function.

Prof Anja Franken

Associate Professor
PhD
  +27 18 299 2437
  +27 18 299 1053
  anja.franken@nwu.ac.za
  F12-108, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational Hygiene

Prof Anja Franken’s research is focused on the in vitro skin permeation of platinum group metals and the different factors potentially influencing the skin permeability. Her focus has expanded to include the investigation of the skin as a barrier and workplace factors that may influence the effectiveness of this barrier. She is registered as an Occupational Hygiene Technologist with the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH). Prof Franken lectures both undergraduate as well as postgraduate modules in Occupational Hygiene. She is part of the team that has developed and is presenting the first professional degree in Occupational Hygiene in South Africa (BHSc in Occupational Hygiene).

Dr Lebo (LF) Gafane-Matemane

Lecturer
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2435
  +27 18 299 1053
  lebo.gafane@nwu.ac.za
  F12-107, Potchefstroom Campus
Low renin hypertension

Dr Gafane is appointed as Lecturer and also has a research focus on the low renin phenotype, particularly in Africans. This phenotype is characterised by volume-loading hypertension and salt sensitivity. She is interested in the role of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, salt intake and sympathetic activity in the development of hypertension.

Prof Ruan Kruger

Associate Professor
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2904
  ruan.kruger@nwu.ac.za
  F12-205, Potchefstroom Campus
Hypertension and premature cardiovascular disease development

Prof Kruger is appointed as Associate Porfessor with teaching responsibilities and a research focus on cardiovascular disease development in children and young adults. His interests include arterial stiffness, cardiac structure and function and also biomarkers related to hypertension. He is a Y-rated researcher and also the current Chair of the New Investigators Committee of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH). He serves on the Board of Directors of the South African Hypertension Society and the South African Association of Health Educationalists.

Dr Leandi Lammertyn

Senior Lecturer
PhD
  +27 18 299 2435
  Leandi.Lammertyn@nwu.ac.za
  F12-107, Potchefstroom campus
Haemostasis, metabolic risk factors and cardiovascular disease

Dr Lammertyn investigates common modifiable metabolic, cardiovascular and lifestyle markers, as well as the prevalence and incidence of blood pressure, diabetes and dyslipidaemia that contributes to cardiovascular disease. Further interests include markers of the haemostatic system and how they relate to microvascular and macrovascular changes, especially in the South African population.

Mr Stefan (SJL) Linde

Lecturer
MSc in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 285 2456
  Stefan.Linde@nwu.ac.za
  F12-115, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational hygiene

The main focus of Mr Linde's research is the assessment of total exposure to hazardous chemical substances that workers, in different industries, experience via all routes of exposure. These industries include mining and refining of chemicals, such as precious metals, and additive manufacturing. His teaching focuses on occupational hygiene and the methods used to measure different stressors in the workplace. These stressors include noise, illumination and hazardous chemical substances as well as other occupational hygiene subjects and techniques such as occupational toxicology, biological monitoring, risk assessment and the measurement of ventilation in workplaces.

Prof Leoné Malan

Professor
B.Art. et Scien Hons Nursing, Higher Education Diploma, PhD
  +27 18 299 2438
  +27 18 299 1053
  leone.malan@nwu.ac.za
  F12-111, Potchefstroom Campus
Neurogenic Hypertension, Ischemic heart disease

Prof Malan is a Neurophysiology lecturer and with her hypothesis-driven research she aims to explain a mechanistic pathway linking brain and heart (stress-response pathways and ischemic heart disease). Therefore, she designed the first psychophysiological prospective cohort study in Africa [the Sympathetic activity and Ambulatory Blood pressure in Africans (SABPA) study]. As PI of the SABPA study, she received an award for design excellence from the Metabolic Syndrome Institute, France. She further conceptualized the implementation of a Hypertension Research and Training clinic on-campus and induced cardiovascular monitoring programs in collaboration with clinicians. Apart from being a council/working group member of the European Societies of Cardiology and Hypertension, she holds various professional memberships. She and her extensive international expert and pharmaceutical stake holders’ network aim to develop a clinical diagnostic tool for preventive stress-related cardiomyopathy.

Ms Gontse (GG) Mokwatsi

Lecturer
MSc in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2436
  22368590@nwu.ac.za
  F12-115, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular physiology

Ms Mokwatsi is appointed as a lecturer at the Department of Physiology and has researcher responsibilities within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team. Her research interests include early development of hypertension, morning blood pressure surge and arterial stiffness especially in young South Africans. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, International Society of Hypertension New Investigator Network and a research fellow with the International Society of Hypertension since 2017.

Ms Cynthia Ramotsehoa

Lecturer
MSc
  +27 18 299 2062
  +27 18 299 1053
  cynthia.ramotsehoa@nwu.ac.za
  F12-113, Potchefstroom campus
Occupational hygiene

My main research focus is in occupational exposure of outdoor workers to solar ultraviolet radiation (SUVR). The primary aim of the research is to establish a baseline exposure dose of these workers to seeing that there is no occupational exposure limit in South Africa and very little work has been done in this regard. The secondary aim is to establish a database of the number of workers likely to be exposed, evaluate their knowledge of health effects associated with SUVR and effectiveness of the clothing provided or worn. In the longer term, I aim to widen my footprint through collaboratory projects with other national and international researchers in this field.

Ms Alicia van der Merwe

Lecturer
MPH (Master of Public Health)
  +27 18 299 1984
  alicia.vandermerwe@nwu.ac.za
  F12-123, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational hygiene, public health, physiology

Ms Alicia van der Merwe is involved with teaching and learning of undergraduate students in the field of physiology and occupational hygiene and supervises postgraduate students in the field of occupational hygiene.

Mr Corné (CJ) van der Merwe

Lecturer
MSc in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 299 2079
  +27 18 299 1053
  12835439@nwu.ac.za
  F12-112, Potchefstroom Campus
Basic physiology, occupational hygiene legislation, asbestos and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure

Corné lectures physiology and toxicology to undergraduate students and supervises postgraduate students pursuing a MSc in Occupational Hygiene. His current research focusses on Occupational Hygiene Education in the South African context.

Support

Ms Corlè Conradie

Administration Officer
BA
  +27 18 299 2433
  Corle.Conradie@nwu.ac.za
  F12-122, Potchefstroom Campus
Administration Officer of the Subject Group Physiology and the Secretariat of the School Director

Ms Zusette de Beer

Senior Financial Officer
Bussiness Management (Financial)
  +27 18 299 2745
  zusette.debeer@nwu.ac.za
  F12-121, Potchefstroom Campus
Financial

Working for the School Director, Prof SM Hanekom and School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences


Mr Kobus Scheepers

Senior Laboratory Technician
MSc in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2078
  kobus.scheepers@nwu.ac.za
  F12-102, Potchefstroom Campus

Manager of practical laboratories and administrator for practical training.


Mr Joseph Novasa

Junior Laboratory Assistant
  +27 18 299 2437
  F12-G17, Potchefstroom Campus