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Tameryn Stringer

B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., PhD, University of Cape Town, 2014

Research Area:
Multinuclear PGM Complexes, Antimalarial Agents, Bioorganometallics

Tameryn was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She matriculated from Garlandale Senior Secondary School in 2003. In 2007 she obtained her B.Sc. in chemistry at the University of Cape Town. She also obtained her B.Sc. (Honours) degree in chemistry in 2008, part of which involved the study of the structural and biological properties of multimeric thiosemicarbazones which she continued as part of her M.Sc. research

Tameryn is currently pursuing a research project on the synthesis of Multinuclear PGM complexes as potential antimalarial agents. In her spare time she enjoys movies, music and the outdoors.

 

 

 


 

PhD Students

 

 

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B.Sc. (Hons), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, 2008
M.Sc., Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, 2014

Research Area:
Organometallic Synthesis

Nike was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She went to Federal Government Girls College Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. She attained her BSc. (Hons) degree in Chemistry at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria (2008) and completed her MSc in Analytical Chemistry at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria in 2014. Her current research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of polynuclear organometallic macromolecules, and their subsequent evaluation as bio-organometallic drug candidate.

Outside of chemistry, Nike enjoys listening to music, visiting new places and meeting people.

 

 

 


 

Shepherd SiangwataShepherd Siangwata

B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), National University of Science and Technology, 2011
M.Sc., University of Cape Town, 2015

Research Area:
Organometallic Synthesis, Aqueous Biphasic Catalysis, Green Chemistry

Shepherd was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He went to Bulawayo’s Mzilikazi High School where his passion for Chemistry was carved out (2006). He attained his BSc. (Hons) degree in Applied Chemistry at the National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (2011) and completed his MSc at the University of Cape Town in 2015. His current research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterisation of water-soluble ferrocene and rhodium heterometallic complexes, and their subsequent evaluation as biphasic hydroformylation catalysts and bioorganometallic drug candidates.

Shepherd loves nature and is a National Geographic Wild enthusiast. When he is not watching epic movies or his all-time favourite American sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”.  Shepherd enjoys hanging out with friends for a braai and meeting new people.

 

 

 


 

NadiaBaartzesNadia Baartzes

B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. University of Cape Town, 2015

Research Area:
Bioorganometallics, Hybrid Drugs, Antimycobacterials, Antimalarials

Born and raised in Cape Town, Nadia matriculated from Bergvliet High School in 2009. She commenced her BSc at UCT in 2010, graduating with majors in chemistry and biochemistry in 2012. She obtained her BSc (Honours) specializing in chemistry in 2013, with a dissertation involving the synthesis and biological evaluation of water-soluble heterobimetallic complexes. Nadia’s MSc research encompasses the synthesis and biological evaluation of mono- and polynuclear bioorganometallic complexes and dendrimers as potential antimycobacterial and antimalarial agents. Outside of chemistry, Nadia loves music, is an avid musician, and enjoys watching tv series, particularly British comedy.

 

 

 


 

MSc Students

 

 

Cody WilliamsCody Williams

B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), University of Cape Town, 2015

Research Area:
Metallodendrimers, Organometallic synthesis, Aqueous Biphasic Catalysis, Green Chemistry

Cody is a born and bred Capetonian and matriculated from Mondale High School in 2011. He attended the University of Cape Town and completed a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Oceanography in 2014, followed by a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry in 2015. His B.Sc. (Hons) dissertation, under the supervision of Dr. A. Jardine, was based on the use of bovine pancreatic ?-chymotrypsin as a promiscuous enzyme in the synthesis of tetrahydroquinolines via the Povarov reaction.

Cody’s current research involves the design and synthesis of water-soluble Fréchet-type rhodium metallodendrimers and their evaluation as aqueous biphasic hydroformylation catalysts. Cody is a burger connoisseur and foodie, enjoys cliff jumping and currently plays soccer for the UCT 1st team.

 

 

 


 

Dylan GiffardDylan Giffard

 

B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), University of Cape Town, 2015

Research Area:
Metallodendrimers, Organometallic synthesis, CORMs, Radiochemistry

Dylan was born in Cape Town and grew up in the small fishing village of Kalk Bay. He matriculated from Constantia Waldorf School in 2011 and started his BSc in 2012.

He completed his B.Sc. majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2014, followed by a B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry in 2015. Dylan’s current research involves the synthesis of manganese- and rhenium-based multinuclear dendritic carbon monoxide releasing molecules as potential anti-cancer and anti-microbial pro- drugs, as well as radiolabelling for the imaging of solid tumours and microbial infections.

Dylan enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee for the UCT Flying Tigers and braaiing with his mates.

 

 

 


 

Laa-iqa RYLANDSLaa-iqa Rylands

B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), University of Cape Town, 2015

Research Area:
Organometallic synthesis, small molecule/benzimidazole synthesis, Antimalarials

Laa-iqa was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She matriculated from Sans Souci Girls’ High in 2009. She completed a B.Sc. majoring in both Chemistry and Human Physiology at the University of Cape Town in 2014. Thereafter, she completed a B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry in 2015, with her research focusing on the synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of benzimidazole organometallic complexes. Currently, Laa-iqa is pursuing her Masters degree under the supervision of Assoc. Professor Gregory Smith and Professor Kelly Chibale. Her research focuses on structure-activity studies of benzimidazole organometallic complexes as antiplasmodial agents.

Besides enjoying laboratory work, Laa-iqa enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as cooking and baking.

 

 

 


 

Stephen de DonckerStephen de Doncker

B.Sc., BSc. (Hons), University of Cape Town 2017

Research Area: Organometallic Synthesis, Metallodendrimers, Catalysis, Anticancer Agents

Stephen was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He matriculated from Groote Schuur High School in 2007. He completed his B.Sc. majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics at the University of Cape Town in 2016. In 2017 he completed his B.Sc. (Hons) at the University of Cape Town. His B.Sc. (Hons) dissertation, under the supervision of Professor Roger Hunter, involved the development of new methodology for the synthesis of unsymmetrical trisulfides with anti-cancer applications.

Stephen’s current research area involves the study of bimetallic rhodium complexes appended to dendrimers as hydroformylation catalysts and their potential application as anticancer agents.

Stephen is an adrenalin junkie and avid motorcycle enthusiast. His primary hobby is building, restoring and racing classic motorcycles.

 

 

 


 

Fatima-Zahra AbrahamsFatima-Zahra Abrahams

B.Sc., BSc. (Hons), University of Cape Town 2017

Research Area: Organometallic Synthesis, Bioorganometallics, Hybrid Molecules, CORMs, Antimalarials

Fatima-Zahra Ishmail/Abrahams was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She matriculated from Groote Schuur High School in 2012. In 2016 she obtained a B.Sc. degree with a triple major in: Genetics, Biochemistry and Chemistry. She decided to pursue chemistry further by doing a B.Sc.(Hons) degree in Chemistry at the University of Cape Town in 2017. Her honours project involved the synthesis and characterisation of manganese tricarbonyls in order to evaluate the CO-releasing and antiplasmodial properties of these compounds.

Her current research expands on what she did in her Honours project but focusses more of aminoquinoline triazole hybrid molecules. Outside of the lab she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and swimming.

 

 

 

 


 

Diana MelisDiana Melis

B.Sc., BSc. (Hons), University of Cape Town 2017

Research Area: Organometallic Synthesis, Bioorganometallics, Hybrid Molecules, Cyclometallates, Antimalarials, Catalysis in Biological Media

Diana was born and raised in Durban, KZN. She went to Our Lady of Fatima Convent School and matriculated in 2013. In 2016, she obtained her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Human Anatomy & Physiology at the University of Cape Town. This was followed by a first class honours (distinction) in Chemistry with B.Sc. (Hons) in 2017, with her research focusing on the synthesis of cyclometallated iridium(III) complexes for transfer hydrogenation reactions.

Currently, Diana is perusing her Master’s degree under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Gregory Smith. Her research is a continuation of her honours project, focusing on the synthesis of cyclometallated iridium aminoquinoline-triazole hybrid complexes and testing whether they are able to catalyse intracellular hydride transfer reactions.

In her spare time, Diana enjoys dancing, particularly ballet, as well as travelling and exploring the world. She also loves cooking and trying new food and will never say no to cake.

 

 

 

 


 

Athi WelshAthi Welsh

B.Sc., BSc. (Hons), University of Cape Town 2017

Research Area: Bioorganometallics, Hybrid Molecules, Multivalent Complexes, Benzimidazoles, Dendrimers, Anticancer Agents, Antimalarials, Catalysis in Biological Media

Athi was born in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and matriculated from Holy Cross Education Center in 2013. He completed his BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry (2016) at the University of Cape Town. He carried on to complete his BSc (Hons.) degree  and obtained a first class honours in Chemistry at the University of Cape Town, as the top Honours student in his class and was awarded the James Moir medal of the South African Chemical Institute, in 2017. His honours project focused on rhodium-based ferrocenyl bioisosteres of benzimidazoles and their antimalarial activity, under the supervision of Assoc. Prof G. S. Smith and Prof. K. Chibale. Athi’s MSc research entails the synthesis and biological evaluation of polynuclear benzimidazoles hybrid complexes, and their application as potential anticancer and antimalarial agents.

Outside his natural habitat, the lab, Athi is an avid hip hop enthusiast. When he is not watching rugby or basketball, Athi enjoys the outdoors and meeting new people.

 

 

 


 

FORMER MEMBERS


ADAMS, MUNEEBAH – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Auckland, New Zealand

BURGOYNE, ANDREW – Researcher, SCK-CEN, Nuclear Research Centre, Belgium

CASSELLS, IRWIN - Data analyst, Media24, South Africa

CHELLAN, PRINESSA – Academic, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

CLAYTON, HADLEY – Academic, University of South Africa, South Africa

GOVENDER, PRESHENDREN – Principal Scientific Officer, H3D, University of Cape Town, South Africa

HAGER, EMMA – Scientist, Fine Chemicals, South Africa

ISMAIL, TAWFEEQ – Scientist, Denel, South Africa

KHANYE, SETSHABA – Academic, Rhodes University, South Africa

KISTAMURTHY, DESHEN – Scientist, SASOL, South Africa

LI, YIQUN – Consultant, FOFX Software Development, South Africa

MAHAMO, TEBELLO – Academic, National University of Lesotho, Lesotho

MAKHUBELA, BANOTHILE – Academic, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

MALAZA, SIPHELELE – PhD, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

MAQEDA, LATISA – Research Scientist, Sasol, South Africa

MATSINHA, LEAH – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

MBATHA, LUNGELO – Public Service, South Africa

MOGOROSI, MOKGOLELA – Research Scientist, SASOL, South Africa

PAYNE, RICHARD – PhD, University of Cape Town, South Africa

RAMAROU, DITEBOHO – Laboratory Technician, Shatterprufe, South Africa

RYLANDS, LAA-IQA - Research and Development (R&D) Chemist, Fine Chemicals Corporation (FCC), Aspen Pharma, South Africa

SUDDING, LARA – Scientist, Fine Chemicals, South Africa

WILLIAMS, CODY - Technical Officer, Stellenbosch University, South Africa