I am trained in cellular toxicology and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry in 2007. I completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Pharmaceutics where I was involved with the Innovation Fund project “ Optimisation of drug delivery for tuberculosis, malaria and paediatric aids”. In 2008 I was appointed as Senior Subject Specialist in the Unit for Medicine Research and Development and in 2010 I was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and in 2013 I was promoted to Fellow Professor in Pharmaceutics. In 2007 I was trained in flow cytometry, which made a valuable contribution to my development as cellular toxicologist. Flow cytometry is a highly specialised, powerful analysis technique that is exclusively used for cellular analyses.
My primary field of study is the development and evaluation of lipid and polymer-based medicine delivery systems. I focus in detail on the biopharmaceutical and molecular interactions of the systems with living organisms. Part of the research entails the evaluation of the effectiveness of the systems as well as the mechanisms according to which the systems function. A large part focuses on the toxicology of the systems and the materials from which they are manufactured. The medicine delivery systems are primarily developed for the treatment of malaria and other parasitic infections.