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Division of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

2020. Kyle Kulenkampff. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). DNA barcoding of forensically important blowflies (Diptera Calliphoridae) within the Western Cape of South Africa. Supervisors: Dr Laura Heathfield and Dr Marise Heyns

2019. Tracy Bennett. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Exploring the medico-legal death scene investigation of sudden, unexpected death of infants at Salt River mortuary, Cape Town South Africa. Supervisor: Dr Laura Heathfield and Prof Lorna Martin

2019. Robyn Conrad. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The evaluation of the specificity of the acid phosphatase test to identify semen. Supervisors: Dr Laura Heathfield and Mr Lyle Curry.

2019: Rosemarie Hofler MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Confirmation of cardiomegaly form the cardiothoracic ratio in post mortem Lodox® imaging. Supervisors: Dr Marise Heyns and Dr Linda Liebenberg.

2018. Gavin Pharo. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Assessment of 13 forensic molecular markers for skin colour in South Africa. Supervisor: Dr Laura Heathfield

2018: Mariana Winterbach (Biomedical Forensic Science). The profile of sudden unexpected death in infancy in the Eden and Central Karoo Districts of the Western Cape, South Africa: A 5-year retrospective study. Supervisor: Dr Laura Heathfield.  

2018. Lorraine Nel. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Frequency database for South Africa using the Qiagen investigator® 24 plex go! Kit. Supervisor: Dr Laura Heathfield.

2018. Rosemarie Ursula Hofler. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Confirmation of cardiomegaly from the cardiothoracic ratio in post mortem lodox® imaging. Supervisor: Dr Marise Heyns.   

2018. Kate Megan Reid. MSc (Med) (Forensic Genetics). Forensic human identification: Generating Y-STR data for the South African population: Supervisor: Dr Laura Heathfield

2018. Chante du Toit. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Retrospective analysis of abandoned live births, stillbirths and non-viable foetuses admitted to Salt River Mortuary, Cape Town. Supervisor: Dr Laura Heathfield

2018. Meryl Patience. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Retrospective analysis of suspected pesticide-related fatalities admitted to Salt River mortuary in the west Metropole of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. Supervisor: Ms Bronwen Davies.

2018. Chandra Longden-Thurgood. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Optimisation of DNA Extraction from Teeth Submerged in Seawater in False Bay, South Africa. Supervisor: Dr Victoria Gibbon and Dr Laura Heathfield.

2018. Loyiso Abongile Marvin Vuko. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Postmortem Toxicogenetics: determining the suitability of blood samples collected for routine toxicological analyses for use in subsequent genetic analyses. Supervisors: Bronwen Davies, Dr Laura Heathfield and Ms Kathrina Auckloo.

2018: Tinotenda Majero MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Retrospective analysis of blunt force trauma associated with fatal road traffic accidents in Cape Town (South Africa) over a two-year period. Supervisor: Mr Calvin Mole.

2017: Craig Richards MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The applicability of a 3D deformable skull model to South African forensic victim identification. Supervisor: Dr Marise Heyns.

2017: Landi Smith MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Retrospective Analysis of Undetermined Death at the Salt River Mortuary. Supervisor: Dr Laura Heathfield.

2017: Jacqui De Jong MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Investigating the effectiveness and efficiency of forensic pathology practice in Western Cape, South Africa. Supervisors: Ms Bronwen Davies and Prof Lorna Martin.

2017. Innocent Makasa. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Evaluating the role of DNA evidence in sexual offence cases in Zambia between 2007 and 2014. Supervisors: Dr Laura Heathfield.

2017. Nandi Slabbert. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The assessment of molecular markers for skin colour determination in the South African population. Supervisor: Dr Laura Heathfield. 

2017: Sandra Lynne Catterson. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Complementary and alternative medicines: a forensic analysis of the potential adulteration of over-the-counter anorectics and “lifestyle” medicines in South Africa. Supervisor: Ms Bronwen Davies.

2017. Maria Magdalena Kruger. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The prevalence of infection related death at Salt River Mortuary for the years 2013 and 2014. Supervisors: Dr Laura Heathfield, Prof Lorna Martin and Dr Sairita Maistry.

2017. Devin Michael Vincent. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Exploring genetic variation in CYP2D6 in deceased individuals at Salt River Mortuary. Supervisors: Dr Laura Heathfield and Bronwen Davies.

2016. Dr Itumeleng Molefe. MMed (Biomedical Forensic Science). Violence against women. Epidemiology and pathology of femicides and suspected sexual homicides in Cape Town: A 10-year. Supervisors: Prof Lorna Martin and Assoc. Prof Lillian Artz

2016: Peter John Burgers. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). An investigation into the use of a commonly available fabric dye as a routine stain for tissue samples to be used as a first line, low cost, diagnostic adjunct for the diagnosis of anaphylactic death at autopsy, in a resource challenged environment. Supervisor: Dr Linda Liebenberg.

2016: Elyse Sandrine Ishimirwe. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The contribution of respiratory pathogens to sudden expected death in infancy. Supervisors: Dr Mamadou Kaba and Dr Marise Heyns.

2016: Ansie Wichers. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Firearm fatalities examined at salt river medico-legal laboratory in 2009 and their investigative outcome by 2014. Supervisors: Dr Linda Liebenberg and Dr Marise Heyns.

2016: Tenielle Monique Cooke. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). DNA barcoding of forensically important flies in the Western Cape. Supervisors: Dr Marise Heyns and Dr Laura Heathfield.

2016: Lyle Curry. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The evaluation of tests for the identification of semen. Supervisor: Dr Laura Heathfield.

2016: Petra Schwab. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The importance of a protocol in the recovery and handling of burned human remains in a forensic context. Supervisors: Dr Jacqui Friedling and Dr Sairita Maistry.

2016: Allan Taremekedzwa Sanyanga. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Entomological examination of the relationship between ante-mortem and post mortem amitriptyline concentrations in insects. Supervisors: Dr Marise Heyns and Mr Calvin Mole.

2016: Marise Belle Kathrina Mendoza. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). A post-mortem toxicological investigation: understanding the role of drugs of abuse in violent fatalities in Cape Town, South Africa. Supervisors: Ms Bronwen Davies and Prof Peter Smith.

2016: Hartwig Visser. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The influence of methylphenidate hydrochloride on the development of the forensically significant blow fly Chrysomya chloropyga (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in the Western Cape, South Africa. Supervisors: Dr Marise Heyns and Ms Bronwen Davies.

2016: Lesaoana Mpasi MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The analysis of the artefacts produced by forensically significant blowfly’s (Diptera: Calliphoridae) activity and their effect on bloodstain pattern analysis. Supervisor: Dr Marise Heyns.

2016: Hendrik Westraat MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Pilot study: Investigating the chemical composition of illegal drugs and the associated prevalence of the different drug types in the Bellville and Athlone police district in the Western Cape, South Africa. Supervisor: Dr Marise Heyns.

2015: Janke Pieters. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Development and partial validation of a method for the quantification of benzodiazepines and antidepressants in whole blood, serum and urine by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Supervisor: Prof Peter Smith.

2015: Simone Tredoux. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Efficiency of Buccal DNA sampling device in the mortuary. Supervisor: Dr Karen Shires.

2015: Hendrik Westraat. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Pilot study: Investigating the chemical composition of illegal drugs and the associated prevalence of the different drug types in the Bellville and Athlone police districts in the Western Cape, South Africa. Supervisors: Dr Marise Heyns.

2015: Lisa Jane Coetzè. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Investigation of blunt injuries and the force associated with a skull fracture due to impact with Hopkinson pressure: an animal model. Supervisor: Dr Marise Heyns.

2015: Amy Roberts. BSc Med (Honours). Genotyping of specific variants in ABCB1 and SLC6A4, in a cohort with suicide ideation, and suicide victims within the Western Cape Province, South Africa. 
Supervisors: Dr Sairita Maistry and Prof Raj Ramesar.

2015: Jenna Johnston. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Development of a method for the screening and quantification of methamphetamine, and its major metabolite amphetamine, in hair using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Supervisors: Prof Peter Smith and Dr Marise Heyns.

2015: Courtnee Clark. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Patterns of death due to blunt force trauma in the West Metropole of the City of Cape Town, South Africa. Supervisors: Mr Calvin Mole and Dr Marise Heyns.

2014: Rolanda Sabrina Londt. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). An investigation of tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and cannbinol content of cannabis confiscated by the South African Police Services’ Forensic Laboratories from various regions of South Africa. Supervisors: Prof Peter Smith and Dr Lubbe Wiesner.

2014: Calvin Gerald Mole. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Investigation of wound characteristics and the force associated with skull fracture due to impact by a hammer. Supervisor: Dr Marise Heyns.

2014: Danielle Cupido. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The assessment of the utility and impact of sexual assault evidence collection kits (SAECKS) as DNA evidence in suspected cases of rape. Supervisor: Dr Marise Heyns. 

2013: Mohaimin Kasu. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The validation of forensic DNA extraction systems to utilise soil contaminated biological evidence. Supervisor: Dr Karen Shires