Dr Jandeli Niemand

Dr Jandeli Niemand

South Africa

University of Pretoria


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Work and Research

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Pretoria (UP). My research focuses on the biology of the human malaria parasite with a particular interest in unique and essential parasite processes targetable in sustainable malaria control strategies. I gained international experience in the laboratory of Prof Kiaran Kirk, Dean of the Research School of Biology at the Australian National University (16 months) as well as at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany under supervision of Prof Walter. In addition, I have presented at several local and international conferences and have first- or co-authored 10 publications.

Fields Of Expertise

Metabolite transport

Research Profiles

My vision for the future of research at UP and how I will contribute to this development

The University of Pretoria’s strategic focus on problems of national importance includes the development of research strengths in activities that affect human welfare. Therefore, the University has identified malaria as one of the research focus areas, and established the UP Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control. Furthermore, in South Africa, the National Department of Health’s goal is to eliminate malaria in South Africa by the year 2018. As a malaria researcher, my chosen field therefore aligns with the goals of both UP and South Africa. My current research is focused on various aspects of the P. falciparum parasite’s biology, and therefore has the potential to contribute to the development of compounds used to prevent both the progression of the disease in an infected human, as well as the transmission to other individuals in a community. An additional crucial factor for the future of research at both UP and in South Africa is the creation of a critical mass of expertise needed to address the manifold and under–researched diseases plaguing the African continent. This can only be achieved by the training of both under- and postgraduate students in research and critical thinking skills, an area which I am passionate about.