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
  grieta.hanekom@nwu.ac.za
  F12-124, Potchefstroom Campus
Management, Diet surveys, iron and vitamin A deficiencies, Food Service Management, Research in Teaching-Learning
 

Dr Leandi Lammertyn

Senior Lecturer, Subject leader: Physiology
PhD in Physiology, Post graduate certificate in education - FET phase
  +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.

 

Prof Anja Franken

Associate Professor, Programme Leader: Occupational Hygiene
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2437
  anja.franken@nwu.ac.za
  F10-G11, 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 undergraduate modules in Occupational Hygiene and she is part of the team that has developed the first professional degree in Occupational Hygiene in South Africa (BHSc in Occupational Hygiene).

 

Dr Yolandi Breet

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2436
  21195706@nwu.ac.za
  F12-115, Potchefstroom Campus
Large artery stiffness and endothelial function

Dr Yolandi Breet is a senior 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.

 

Prof Sanette (JS) Brits

Associate Professor
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 285 2789
  10069917@nwu.ac.za
  F12-G18, Potchefstroom Campus
The effect of stress on the cardiovascular and endocrine systems

Prof Brits has a passion for creative classroom environments and community outreach projects to enhance education and health. Effective science communication through different teaching approaches can create opportunities for active participation and co-operative learning in the lecture hall. Crossing pedagogical boundaries of physiology, kinesiology and education broadened her view on teaching, learning and research.

 

Dr Sonette du Preez

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 285 2689
  dupreezsonette@nwu.ac.za
  F10-G09, 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.

 

Dr Lebo (LF) Gafane-Matemane

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2293
  lebo.gafane@nwu.ac.za
  F12-108, Potchefstroom Campus
Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System, Arterial Stiffness

Dr Gafane-Matemane is appointed as a Senior Lecturer. Her research focuses on the role of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS), salt intake and sympathetic activity in the development of hypertension and arterial stiffness. Additionally, she is also collaborating with other researchers in creating awareness in the communities regarding cardiovascular health. She is a member of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), South African Hypertension Society (SAHS), Physiology Society of Southern Africa (PSSA), Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA) and Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD).

 

Mr Adriaan Jacobs

Lecturer
MSc in Biochemistry
  +27 18 299 2438
  13062778@nwu.ac.za
  F12-111, Potchefstroom Campus
Metabolism, cardiovascular physiology

Mr Jacobs is appointed as a lecturer at the Department of Physiology and has research responsibilities within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team. He holds an MSc in Biochemistry (with a specific focus on metabolism) and has several years of experience as a laboratory technician in diagnostic and research laboratories. As part of his PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology, his current research focuses on the association between plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 and vascular structure and function.

 

Dr Shani le Roux

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 285 2262
  shani.botha@nwu.ac.za
  F12-114, Potchefstroom Campus
Physiology: Inflammation and cardiovascular disease

Dr Shani le Roux 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 Stefan (SJL) Linde

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 285 2456
  Stefan.Linde@nwu.ac.za
  F10-G10, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational hygiene

The main focus of Dr 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 chemical and physical stressors in the workplace, as well as other occupational hygiene subjects such as occupational toxicology and biological monitoring.

 

Dr Gontse (GG) Mokwatsi

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Physiology, Post Graduate Certificate in Education - FET phase.
  +27 18 299 2489
  22368590@nwu.ac.za
  F12-117, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular physiology

Dr Mokwatsi is appointed as a senior lecturer at the Department of Physiology and has researcher responsibilities within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team. Her research interests include the use of home blood pressure monitoring, early development of hypertension, blood pressure (morning and night-time) and arterial stiffness, especially in young South Africans. She is a member of the South African Hypertension Society (SAHS), Golden Key International Honour Society, International Society of Hypertension New Investigator Network and a research fellow with the International Society of Hypertension.

 

Ms Cynthia Ramotsehoa

Lecturer
MSc in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 299 2062
  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.

 

Mr Clyde (CA) Uren

Junior Lecturer
BSc (Hons) in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 299 2433
  22327932@nwu.ac.za
  F12-110, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational hygiene

Mr Uren’s research is focused on the influence of alcohol based hand rubs on skin barrier function. He is involved as a junior lecturer in the teaching and learning of undergraduate students in the field of occupational hygiene.

 

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
  12835439@nwu.ac.za
  F12-112, Potchefstroom Campus
Basic physiology, occupational hygiene legislation, asbestos and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure

Mr van der Merwe lectures ventilation and risk management within the context of occupational hygiene 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

Mr Zaakir Lambat

Senior Laboratory Technician, Health and Safety Representative
MSc in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 299 2078
  24222704@nwu.ac.za
  F12-G19, Potchefstroom Campus

Mr Joseph Novasa

Junior Laboratory Assistant
  +27 18 299 2096
  F12-G17, Potchefstroom Campus