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Leading Researchers

Get to know some of the researchers at the University of the Free State whose work is inspiring excellence and transforming lives globally.


To do interviews with any of our experts, please contact our media office at news@ufs.ac.za or +27 51 401 9300.


 Prof Doreen Atkinson

Prof Doreen Atkinson
Research Associate at the Centre for Development Support
Focus area: Arid areas of South Africa


 Prof Robert Bragg

Prof Robert Bragg
Professor in the Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology
Focus area: Vaccine development 


 Prof Philippe Burger

Prof Philippe Burger
Professor of Economics and Head of Department of Economics
Focus area: Economic landscape in SA


 Prof Jeanet Conradie

Prof Jeanet Conradie
Professor of Chemistry
Focus area: Behaviour of atoms and molecules


 Prof Jackie du Toit

Prof Jackie du Toit
Professor at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice
Focus area: Near Eastern studies


 Prof Maxim Finkelstein

Prof Maxim Finkelstein
Distinguished Professor in Statistics/Mathematical Statistics
Focus area: Stochastic shock processes | hazard rates in heterogeneous populations | models of imperfect repair | survival in dynamic environment | wear and degradation processes


 Prof Christo Heunis

Prof Christo Heunis
Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Health Systems Research and Development (CHSR&D)
Focus area: TB and HIV/AIDS integration systems


 Dr Aliza le Roux

Dr Aliza le Roux
Behavioural ecologist from the Department of Zoology and Entomology
Focus area: Cognitive ecology of wild mammals


 Prof Pieter Meintjes

Prof Pieter Meintjes
Professor of Physics
Focus area: Astrophysics


 Prof Theo Neethling

Prof Theo Neethling
Head of the Department of Political Studies and Governance
Focus area: Conflict and peacekeeping in Africa


 Prof Martin Ntwaeaborwa

Prof Martin Ntwaeaborwa
Professor of Physics
Focus area: Less invasive treatment for cancer


 Prof Carlien Pohl-Albertyn

Prof Carlien Pohl-Albertyn
Associate Professor of Microbiology
Focus area: Bioactive lipids in pathogenic yeast


 Prof Bradley Smith

Prof Bradley Smith
Associate Professor of Private Law
Focus area: Law


 Prof Francis Smit

Prof Francis Smit
Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Focus area: Cardiac surgery


 Prof Hussein Solomon

Prof Hussein Solomon
Senior Professor in the Department of Political Science
Focus area: Conflict resolution | fundamentalism


 Prof Hendrik Swart

Prof Hendrik Swart
SARchi Chair and senior professor in Physics
Focus area: Nanotechnology


 Prof Chris Viljoen

Prof Chris Viljoen
Associate professor in Human Molecular Biology in the Department of Haematology and Cell Biology
Focus area: GMO research


 Prof Corinna Walsh

Prof Corinna Walsh
Researcher from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Focus area: Health and nutrition

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