Stakeholders & Collaborators


The Chair of Prof Lyn-Marie Birkholtz functions in the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC), a MRC Collaborating Centre for Malaria Research. The UP ISMC is a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary, interfaculty initiative that coordinates and promote collaborative research on safer and sustainable malaria control and management strategies.

As part of its collaborative expansion and building an international profile the CoP has been awarded a grant under the DFG German-African cooperation project in infectiology for the development of Polymer-drug systems for controlled delivery of transmission blocking antimalarial drug leads. This project will be performed in collaboration with Prof Albena Lederer (Center Macromolecular Structure Analysis at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, IPF Dresden and holder of SASOL Chair of Analytical Polymer Science at the Department Chemistry and Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University).

Under this grant the CoP aims to incorporate lead compounds with transmission blocking activity into polymer delivery systems with slow and sustained release of active compounds specifically targeting gametocytes.

One Health

The CoP umbrellaed under the UP ISMC is a fully integrated multidisciplinary collaborative centre that bridges various scientific disciplines develop sustainable solutions to harmonise human, animal and the ecological interface. The various objectives and projects of the CoP fully aligns itself with the UP One Health for Change.


Marianne de Villiers

Department of Biochemistry, Stellenbosch University

Basil Brooke

Vector Control Reference Laboratory at NICD/NHLS, University of the Witwatersrand

Robyn van Zyl

Pharmacology, University of the Witwatersrand

Vinesh Maharaj

Department of Chemistry, University of Pretoria


Heinrich Hoppe

Department of Biochemistry, Rhodes University - Malaria parasite cell biology, Implementing bioassays for drug screening

Addmore Shonhai

Professor & Head of Biochemistry, University of Venda

Richard K Haynes

Development of novel drugs & Medicinal and synthetic chemistry, North-West University





Albena Lederer- Germany

Collaborator on

Head of Center Macromolecular Structure Analysis / Professor Analytical Polymer Science

Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden / Stellenbosch University


Richard K Amewu- Ghana

Department of Chemistry, University of Ghana

Fabrice Boyom- Cameroon

Department of Biochemistry, University of Yaounde



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