The MSC research team focuses on the characterisation primarily of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs), the comparison of culture methods towards culturing transplantation-quality MSCs, and understanding their utility in different transplant settings. This research team is led by Professor Michael S. Pepper, and partially falls under the umbrella of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Extramural Stem Cell Unit (more information available from

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Investigating the homing and healing properties of adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cells using a model of would repair.

Dr Karlien Kallmeyer

(Postdoctoral Fellow)


Characterisation of adipose-derived stromal cell heterogeneity

Dr Elize Wolmarans

(PhD student)


Immunomodulatory properties of adipocyte derived stromal/stem cells cultured in human platelet lysate

Anastasios Athanasiadis

(MSc student)


Human alternatives to foetal bovine serum for the expansion of human adipose-derived stem cells

Aurona Gerber

(MSc student)


In vitro adipose derived stromal cell myogenic differentiation

Simone Grobbelaar

(MSc student)


In vitro osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells

Jamie Mollentze

(MSc student)


Development of a high throughput screening assay to evaluate compound libraries for the modulation of adipogenesis

Rachel Giles

(MSc student)



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