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Facial Morphology Research Group


Our main research focus is to identify affordable, non-invasive measures of health. More specifically, we study the associations between facial appearance (both shape and colour), direct measures of health and genetic variation. Our previous work, for example, found associations between facial appearance and Body Mass Index (BMI), hormonal profile, and antibody response. Many of these studies were conducted in collaboration with other local and international researchers and we continue to collaborate with various researchers worldwide. Our research is funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.


African Longitudinal Facial Appearance and Health (ALFAH) study


Principal investigator
Dr Vinet Coetzee


Current Postgraduate students

Gustav Gous (PhD)

Stefan de Jager (PhD)

Kishen Mahesh (PhD)

Catherine Tribe (MSc)


Graduated Postgraduate students

Khutso Phalane (PhD)

Aston Govender (BSc Honours)

Catherine Tribe (BSc Honours)


Publications (click here)

Selected local collaborators:

  • Dr Engela Honey, Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Emad Ghabrial, Department of Orthodontics, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Helen Steel, Department of Immunology, University of Pretoria
  • Prof Riette de Kock, Department of Food Science, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Johanita Kruger, Department of Food Science, University of Pretoria
  • Prof Jaco Greeff, Evolution of Interactions group, Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria


Selected international collaborators:


Selected News Articles about our work


Useful links

- Author Vinet Coetzee
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