THE TEAM

MSc Students

Prof Ben Loos, PhD

Principle Investigator

bloos@sun.ac.za

Prof Loos obtained his PhD at Stellenbosch University in 2009. Following a career as Imaging Platform manager, he started the Neuro Research Group in 2011. He has since been working in the fields of cell death, autophagy and neurodegeneration. Dr. Loos strives for innovative and multidisciplinary research of the highest quality and is known to have more enthusiasm and energy than all of his students combined.    

PhD Candidates

Dr André du Toit, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

andredt@sun.ac.za

Andre is modelling the autophagy system through the characterization of autophagy flux/activity in neural tissue (in vitro and in vivo) and with machine learning techniques, incorporating computational and systems biology approaches.

Dr Tando Maduna, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

tandomaduna@sun.ac.za

Tando is characterizing autophagy and autophagic flux in the developing and the aging nervous system through in vitro and in vivo model systems.

Jurgen Kriel, MSc

PhD Student

Glioma Treatment and Pathophysiology

16635337@sun.ac.za

Jurgen is investigating the mechanisms involved in autopahgic cell death and whether it can be harnessed as a therapeutic intervention for the treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme.

Sholto De Wet, MSc

PhD Student

Probing Autophagic flux

 

18455468@sun.ac.za

Sholto is investigating the role of autophagosome flux and vesicle dynamics as well as the spatiotemporal distribution of tubulin and mTOR.

Nicole Heathcote, BScHons

Masters Student

Modelling Autopahgy

Nicola is investigating the impact of autophagy processes on traumatic brain injury and rescue.

Kim Fredericks, BScHons

Masters Student

Modelling Autopahgy

Kim is investigation autophagy modulation as a means for enhancing 5-ALA treatment efficacy in glioma models.

Honours Students

Demi Pylman

Honours Student

Demi is characterizing autophagosomal cargo

Nsuku Nkuna

Honours Student

Nsuku is characterizing the impact of Ritalin use in autophagy processes

Sinnead Cogill

Honours Student

Sinnead is investigating the physiological dynamics of autophagosomal cargo

Tamryn Barron

Honours Student

Tamryn is studying autophagy flux through live cell imaging and computation

Sholto is investigating the role of autophagosome flux and vesicle dynamics as well as the spatiotemporal distribution of tubulin and mTOR.

Address

C/o Merriman and Bosman Street
Mike de Vries Building, 1st floor
Stellenbosch, 7600

South Africa

Contact

email: bloos@sun.ac.za

phone: +27 21 808 9196