Prof Anja Franken obtained her PhD in Occupational Hygiene degree from the North-West University Potchefstroom Campus in 2015. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences at the North-West University Potchefstroom Campus where she lectures post-graduate Occupational Hygiene modules. She has more than 8 years of experience in lecturing at the North-West University.
She supervises MSc and PhD students in their respective research projects, and has successfully delivered 13 MSc students since 2008. Currently she is participating in the development and management of the new BHSc degree in Occupational Hygiene which has started in 2016. She is one of the presenters of a short learning programme (Legal knowledge in Occupational Hygiene) supported by the Department of Labour.
She has published several peer-reviewed papers in both national and international journals, and has presented her research at conferences in South Africa, the Netherlands and France. Her research investigates the permeability of metals such as platinum and rhodium through human skin, as well as the retention of these metals inside the skin. The research includes the investigation of the influence of various factors on the permeability of the metal. She was awarded the SAIOH’s occupational hygiene article of the year 2014: In vitro permeation of platinum and rhodium through Caucasian skin.