Postdoctoral Fellows

Tameryn Stringer

TamerynStringerB.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

Nike Omosun

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 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.


Nadia Baartzes

NadiaBaartzesB.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 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.


Diteboho Ramarou

Diteboho Ramarou

B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons),

University of Cape Town, 2015

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

Diteboho is from Welkom in the Free State. She matriculated from Leseding Technical Secondary School in 2011 and moved to Cape Town in 2012 where she pursued her tertiary education at the University of Cape Town. Diteboho Completed her BSc in 2014, majoring in Chemistry and Physics, she then continued with a BSc (honours) in Chemistry at the same institution. She is currently studying towards her MSc in chemistry focusing on a research project titled alkylated PTA platforms for mono- and polynuclear aqueous phase hydroformylation catalysts.

In her spare time, Diteboho enjoys watching her all-time favourite series, Criminal Minds, and chilling with friends while having some cake.


Dylan Giffard

DylanGiffard

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.


Irwin Cassells

Irwin CassellsB.Sc., B.Sc.(Hons)

University of Cape Town, 2014

Research Area: 
Metallodendrimers, Anticancer Activity, Bioorganometallics

Irwin was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He matriculated from Strandfontein Secondary School (2009) and furthered his studies at the University of Cape Town, attaining both his BSc (2013) and BSc Hons (2014) degrees at the same institution. His BSc Hons dissertation was on the study of multinuclear ferrocene based metallodendrimers under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. G. S. Smith and Assoc. Prof. A. T. Hutton. His current research focuses on the synthesis and biological evaluation of polynuclear PGM complexes based on dendritic scaffolds.
In his spare time he loves to spend time with family and friends bowling, hiking, swimming and jamming to some tunes.


Laa-iqa RYLANDS

Laa-iqaJacobsB.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.

FORMER MEMBERS

BANOTHILE MAKHUBELA – Academic, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

MOKGOLELA MOGOROSI – Research Scientist, SASOL, South Africa

SETSHABA KHANYE – Academic, Rhodes University, South Africa

TEBELLO MAHAMO – Academic, National University of Lesotho, Lesotho

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

PRINESSA CHELLAN – Academic, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

PRESHENDREN GOVENDER – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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

ANDREW BURGOYNE – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hawaii, Hawaii

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

EMMA HAGER – Scientist, Fine Chemicals, South Africa

LUNGELO MBATHA – Public Service, South Africa

DESHEN KISTAMURTHY – Scientist, SASOL, South Africa

TAWFEEQ ISMAIL – Scientist, Denel, South Africa

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

YIQUN LI – Consultant, FOFX Software Development, South Africa

LARA SUDDING – Scientist, Fine Chemicals, South Africa

LATISA MAQEDA – Regulatory Affairs Pharmacists, South Africa

SIPHELELE MALAZA – Scientist, Indigo Cosmetics, South Africa