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PAST GRADUANDS FROM THE MPED RESEARCH CENTER

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Prof D.S. Grierson

PhD 2004

Thesis:

An ethnomedical study of plants used to treat wounds in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

 Prof Grierson is now retired.

 

 Prof P.J. Masika

PhD 2005

Thesis:

Ethnoveterinary studies of plants used for the treatment of livestock diseases in the Eastern Cape Province.

 Prof Masika is now Principal of Fort Cox Agricultural College.

 

Dr L. Kambizi

PhD 2006

Thesis:

Phytomedical studies of plants used for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections in the Eastern Cape.

Dr Kambizi  is now an Associate Professor at CPUT, Cape Town, South Africa .

 

Dr S.Koduru

PhD 2007

Thesis:

Validating the use of Solanum aculeastrum for the treatment of cancer in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Dr Koduru is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of San Fransisco. 

 

 

Prof B.Lewu

PhD 2007

Thesis:

Development of conservation and propagation techniques for Pelargonium didoides DC: an overexploited medicinal plant in the Eastern Cape.

Prof Lewu is an Associate Professor and HOD of Botany at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

 

Dr P. Erasto

PhD 2007

Thesis:

Phytomedical investigation of Vernonia amagdalina: a medicinal plant used for the treatment of diabetes.

Dr Erasto is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

 

Dr A.Aliero

PhD 2007

Thesis:

Studies on the biology of Solanum pseudocapsicum: a poisonous cosmopolitan plant.

Dr Aliero is presently a Senior Lecturer in Botany at the University of Sokoto, Nigeria.

 

Dr M. Flyman

PhD 2008

 

Thesis:

Dr Flyman conducted research on the indigenous vegetable crops of Botswana.

He has returned to Botswana.

Mrs  O.Okoh

MSc in Chemistry

2008

 

MSc student of Chemistry, co-supervised by Prof Afolayan. Her dissertation was on the seasonal variation of essential components of Calendula officinalis.

Dr Okoh is now an Associate Professor in Chemistry at the University of Fort Hare.

 

Dr OO Odeyemi

PhD 2009

 

Thesis:

Phytomedical investigations of insect repellant properties of some selected medicinal plants in the Eastern Cape.

 

Ms J. Nlovu

MSc 2009

 

Thesis:

The effects of different drying methods on the nutritional composition of Corchorus olitorius L. A wild South African vegetable.

 

Dr OM Aboyade

PhD 2010

 

Thesis:

The effect of processing on the efficacy and safety of Solanum aculeastrum Dunal. Berries.

Dr JR Appidi

PhD 2010

 

Thesis:

Evalauation of antidiarrhoeal and toxicological properties of Hermannia incana Cav; a South African medicinal plant.

Dr AOT Ashafa

PhD 2010

 

Thesis:

Medicinal potential of Felicia muricata Thunb. (Nees) an underutilized medicinal plant in the Eastern Cape

Dr MN Lewu

PhD 2010

 

Thesis:

The characterization and yield evaluation of accessions of cocoyams (Colocasia esculenta and Xanthosoma sagittifolium) in South Africa.

Dr SC Pendotta

PhD 2010

 

Thesis:

Validating the use of Hippobromus pauciflorus (L.F.) Radlk for the treatment of eye infections in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

 

 Mr AE Adewusi

MSc 2010

 

Thesis:

Protective effect of a South African plant against alcohol-induced liver damage.

 

Dr Sunday O Oyedemi: PhD (Biochemistry) 2011

 

Thesis: 

Evaluation of antidiabetic properties and toxicological studies of Leonotis leonurus plants.

 

Dr Omobola O Okoh

PhD (Chemistry) 2011

Thesis:

The kinetics of chemical transformations in the essential oil of Calendula officinalis L.

Dr Okoh is now an Associate Professor in Chemistry at the University of Fort Hare.

 

Mr Callistus Bvenura

MSc 2011

Dissertation: 

The analysis of heavy metals in vegetable crops.

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Dr Olubunmi Wintola

PhD 2012

Thesis:

The efficacy and toxicological effects of Aloe ferox Mill. used in the management of constipation in the Nkonkobe Municipality of the  Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

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Dr Abimbola Badmus

PhD 2012

Thesis:

The allelopathic potential of Arctotis arctotoides (Lf) Hoffm on some vegetables. 

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Mr Emmanuel Ajayi

MSc (Chemistry) 2012

Dissertation:

Interaction of terpenes and oxygenated terpenes with some drugs. 

 

Dr Thozama Kwinana-Mandindi

PhD 2013

Thesis:

A study of some selected wild edible plants in Amatole District of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

 

Dr Olufunmiso Olajuyigbe

PhD 2013

Thesis: 

Biological activities and mechanisms of action of two ethnobotanically selected South African medicinal plants on some bacteria associated with gastro-intestinal infections. 

 

Dr Olubukola Sinbad Olorunnisola

PhD 2013 

Thesis:

Anti-atherogenic and biolchemical evaluation of Tulbachia violacea Harv. rhizomes in diet-induced hypercholestrolemic rats.

 

 

Dr Wilfred Otang Mbeng

PhD 2013 

Thesis:

Antifungal evaluation and phytochemical analyses of some medicinal plants used in the treatment of fungal diseases associated with HIV infection in the Eastern Cape Provinice, South Africa. 

Dr Callistus Bvenura

PhD 2014

Thesis:

Wild vegetables of the Eastern Cape of South Africa: The nutritional value and domestication of Solanum nigrum L.

 

 

 

Dr Emmanuel Segun Ajayi

PhD (Chemistry) 2015

 

Thesis:

Studies of the biotransformation and morphological properties of Cymbopogon citratus


 

Dr (Mrs) Linda  Sowunmi

PhD 2016

Thesis:

The domestication of Cleome gynandra L., a wild vegetable growing in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

 

Dr Samuel O Odeyemi

2016

Thesis:

In vitro evaluations of anti-diabetic properties, mechanisms of action and toxicology of Albuca setosa bulb extracts

Dr Comwell M Kibiti

2016

Thesis:

Evaluation of medicinal potential of Bulbine abyssinica A. Rich in the treatment of diabetes mellitus in the Eastern CApe, South Africa.

Dr (Mrs) Mojisola A Asowata- Ayodele

2016

Thesis:

Ethnopharmacological activities of Lippia javanica (f.Burm) spreng (verbernaceae) and Foeniculum vulgare Mill. (Apiaceae) in Nkonkobe Municipality, Eastern Cape Province 

 

Dr J Sagbo

PhD (Biochemistry) 2017

Thesis: 

Comparison of the antidiabetic activity and mechanism of action of extracts of Brachylaena elliptica (Thurb.) DC. and Brachylaena ilicifolia (Lam) Phill & Schweick

 

Dr AS Akinrinde

PhD (Biochemistry) 2017

Thesis:

Validation of the anti-diabetic properties of some plants used for the management of diabetes mellitus in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.