Doctoral students


Completed doctoral studies: 2018

Prof Priya Soma-Pillay

PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Pretoria

Title:  Maternal health after having survived a potentially life-threatening complication in pregnancy

Supervisors: Prof RC Pattinson






Completed doctoral studies: 2019

Dr Sarie Oosthuizen

PhD in Family Medicine, University of Pretoria

Title: Respectful treatment of women in the Midwife Obstetric Units: An interventional study to improve clinical care in Tshwane District, South Africa

Supervisors: Prof RC Pattinson. Study leader: Dr Anne-Marie Bergh. Publications:

Oosthuizen, S.J., Bergh, A.M., Grimbeek, J. and Pattinson, R.C., 2019. Midwife-led obstetric units working ‘CLEVER’: Improving perinatal outcome indicators in a South African health district. South African Medical Journal, 109(2), pp.95-101.

Oosthuizen, S.J., Bergh, A.M. and Pattinson, R.C., 2018. Systems thinking: A turning point for improving respectful obstetric care in South African health districts. South African Medical Journal, 108(11), pp.910-914.

Oosthuizen, S.J., Bergh, A.M., Pattinson, R.C.  and Grimbeek, J., 2017. It does matter where you come from: mothers’ experiences of childbirth in midwife obstetric units, Tshwane, South Africa. Reproductive health, 14(1), pp.151.


Dr Tina Lavin

PhD in Perinatal Epidemiology, University of Western Australia

Title: Investigating stillbirths in South Africa

Supervisors: Prof RC Pattinson, Prof. David Preen (University of Western Australia), Dr Lee Nedkoff (University of Western Australia)






Dr Emma Allanson

PhD, University of Western Australia

Title: The introduction of umbilical artery lactate sampling as a tool to improve intrapartum care in South Africa

Supervisors: Prof. Jan Dickinson (University of Western Australia)Prof RC Pattinson, Prof John Newnham (University of Western Australia), Dr Ozge Tuncalp (WHO)





Currently registered doctoral students:



                                                                           Dr Tskakane Hlongwane

PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Pretoria

Title: The effects of introducing Basic antenatal care Plus and Umbiflow on antenatal care and Perinatal mortality 

Supervisors: Prof RC Pattinson

Publications: T Hlongwane, T Cronje, S Nkosi, R Pattinson. Use of umbilical artery Doppler to prevent unexplained stillbirths in low-risk pregnancies. BJOG-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY 128, 92-93 06 June 2021. DOI/10.1111/1471-0528.7_16715








                                                                           Dr Reuben Musarandega

PhD in epidemiology, University of Pretoria

Title: Analytic study of the epidemiology of maternal mortality in Zimbabwe

Supervisors: Prof RC Pattinson (University of Pretoria); Prof Stephen Manjanja (University of Zimbabwe); Dr. Rhoderick Machekano (Stellenbosch University)

Publications: Musarandega R, Machekano R, Munjanja SP, Pattinson R. Methods used to measure maternal mortality in Sub‐Saharan Africa from 1980 to 2020: A systematic literature review. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 2022 Feb;156(2):206-15. DOI:





                                                                          Ms Marlene Gilfillian

PhD in Human Nutrition, University of Pretoria

Title: The influence of changing maternal body composition on intrauterine growth and birth outcome in a cohort of HIV infected RVD exposed women and HIV uninfected women in the South of Tshwane.

Supervisors: Prof Friede Wenhold (Human Nutrition, University of Pretoria); Prof Ute Feucht (Paediatrics, University of Pretoria)






                                                                          Ms Phumudzo Mamphwe

PhD in Human Nutrition, University of Pretoria

Preliminary title: Association between nutritional status, cognitive development and feeding practices of infants aged 6- 12 months in an HIV-exposed environment

Supervisors: Dr Marinel Hoffman (Food Sciences, University of Pretoria);  Prof Ute Feucht (Paediatrics, University of Pretoria)






 Ms Louise du Toit

PhD in Medical Immunology, University of Pretoria

Title: Metabolic alterations in HIV-infected and -uninfected mothers and their infants.

Supervisors: Prof Theresa Rossouw (University of Pretoria); Prof Roan Louw (North-West University)








                                                                 Andrea Prinsloo

 PhD in Medical Immunology, University of Pretoria

 Title:  The effects of in utero HIV and antiretroviral therapy exposure on infant T-cell and monocyte  activation, function and regulation of immune-modulatory pathways

Supervisors:  Prof Theresa Rossouw & Dr Helen Steel (University of Pretoria)


                                                                 Sanja Nel

PhD in Dietetics, University of Pretoria

Title:  Postnatal growth and body composition up to two years of age of infants with intrauterine growth restriction, placental insufficiency and/or small size for gestational age at birth

Supervisor:  Prof Ute Feucht and Prof Wenhold University of Pretoria


                                                                Mr Mothusi Nyofane

PhD in Nutrition, University of Pretoria 

Title: Growth and neurodevelopmental outcomes of 18-month-old children with in utero growth restriction due to placental insufficiency as measured by umbilical artery Doppler examination during pregnancy, and as modified by maternal HIV status

Supervisors: Dr Marinel Hoffman (Food Science, University of Pretoria) and Prof Ute Feucht (Paediatrics, University of Pretoria)



                                                                             Dr Felicia Molokoane

PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Title: The impact of maternal HIV status and antiretroviral treatment on foetal growth, uteroplacental blood flow and pregnancy outcomes
Promoters:  Prof UD Feucht and Prof RC Pattinson


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