School of Pharmacy

Jacques Petzer

Jacobus Petrus Petzer, BPharm, MSc, PhD (NWU) is a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the NWU.  He has extensive experience in medicinal chemistry and drug design.  His research interest is the rational design of drugs that block the function of the monoamine oxidase enzymes.  He has supervised numerous postgraduate students and has published several papers in peer-reviewed international journals.


Wilna Liebenberg

Wilna Liebenberg, BPharm, MSc, DSc (NWU) is a research professor in the Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences at the NWU.  She is the founder and head of the Solid-state Pharmaceutical Innovation and Nanotechnology (SPIN) research group.  Her research focuses on pharmaceutical solid-state chemistry, polymorphism and poorly soluble drugs.

Anél Petzer

Anél Petzer, BPharm, MSc, PhD (NWU) is an associate professor.  She is the subprogramme leader for Drug Discovery in the Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences at the NWU.  In 2015 she was selected as a TWAS affiliate. She is interested in the design of inhibitors and prodrugs for the delivery of centrally acting drugs to the brain. Her main focus is on enzymology especially MAO, COMT, AChE, BuChE and NOS. She has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Douglas Oliver

Douglas William Oliver, (South African citizen) was born on 29th March 1954 (one of an identical twin) in Johannesburg, South Africa. He enrolled as a pharmacy student at the North-West University (former Potchefstroom University for CHE) in 1973 after his matric (Randburgse Hoërskool, 1971) and military training in Oudsthoorn (1972). He is pharmacist registered with the South Africa Pharmacy Council and has served in more than 50 pharmacies in South Africa and Namibia.

Jan du Preez

Jan du Preez, PhD (PU for CHE) is laboratory manager of the Analytical Technology Laboratory in the Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences and professor in Pharmaceutics at the NWU.  As an expert in analytical chemistry, one of his main functions is the development and validation of analytical methods for researchers and graduate students.  He has supervised numerous post-graduate students and is the author/co-author of a patent as well as several papers in peer-reviewed international journals.

Leoné Malan

Leoné Malan, registered teacher and nurse, commenced with research in 2007 and holds the position of full professor at the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom Campus. Her passion for Neurophysiology teaching ensured a teaching excellence award in 2008. Rated as an established researcher (National Research Foundation), she aims to underpin a mechanistic pathway pertaining brain-heart health (emotional stress, neural and adrenal fatigue, hypertension and endothelial dysfunction).

Lesetja Jan Legoabe

Lesetja J Legoabe is Senior Lecturer at Pharmacen (Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences) of the Faculty of Health Science at the North-West University, Potchefstroom campus. His research involves chemical synthesis, enzyme inhibition and drug design for central nervous system diseases such as Parkinsonism’s disease.

Martha Susanna Lubbe

Martha Susanna Lubbe was born in Springs as the youngest daughter of the late Peet and Betsie Griesel. She completes her school career in 1982 at High School Potchefstroom Gimnasium. Martie obtained her BPharm degree (Cum Laude) in 1986, an MPharm degree in Pharmacy Practice (1988), a Diploma in Tertiary Education (1996) and a PhD in Pharmacy Practice (2000) at the former PU for CHE. The title of her PhD thesis is "Managed pharmaceutical care: A South African approach". She married Willie in 1995 and they have a daughter, Leonore, and a son, Dewald.

Sandra van Dyk

I, Sandra van Dyk obtained my BPharm, MSc and PhD degrees from the North-West University (previously the Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir Christelike Hoër Onderwys) and I am currently employed as the Director of the School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences as an Associate Professor