PhD

2023. PhD (Forensic Entomology). Adeyemi Adetimehin. Supervisors: Dr Marise Heyns, Dr Devin Finaughty and Dr Calvin Mole. Insect succession and changes in the soil pH and electrical conductivity associated with decomposing pig carcasses on the Table Mountain National Park of the Western Cape Province of South Africa

MPhil

2023. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Enya Chang. Supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole. The Effect of Burning on Pre-incineration Trauma in Bone.

2023. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Amberly Oosthuizen. Supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole.

2023. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Adriaan Geldenhuys. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield.

2023. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Amy-Leigh Whittaker. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield.

2023. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Jana Grobbelaar. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield and Bronwen Davies.

2023. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Jonathan Ramonyai. Supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole and Dr Marise Heyns.

2023. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Tyrian Laubscher. Supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole and Dr Marise Heyns.

BMedSc (Hons)

2023. BMedSc (Hons) (Biomedical Forensic Science). Micaela Swart. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield and Yuvika Vandayar.

2023. BMedSc (Hons) (Biomedical Forensic Science). Darshni Naiker. Supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole.

2023. BMedSc (Hons) (Biomedical Forensic Science). Kayla Lesch. Supervisor: Bronwen Davies.

2023. BMedSc (Hons) (Biomedical Forensic Science). Helena Seebran. Supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole.

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MPhil

2022. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Ogheneochuko Oghenechovwen. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield. A retrospective study investigating risk factors for sudden unexpected death in the young.

2022. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Jane Muleya. Supervisor: Bronwen Davies. Investigating the use of CO-oximetry for simultaneous measurement of carboxyhaemoglobin and methaemoglobin in post-mortem blood.

2022. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Lorriane Chonyera. Supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole. A retrospective descriptive analysis of fatal ground level falls and falls from a height: A 5-year review.

2022. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Masego Sebolai. Supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole. The use of histological methods to distinguish between burned remains of human and non-human bone.

2022. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Dirk Hamadziripi. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield. A retrospective analysis of post-mortem procedures of sudden unexpected death in the young investigated at Salt River Forensic Pathology Services, Cape Town.

2022. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Anastacia Matlebjane. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield. Retrospective analysis of infection-related deaths of sudden unexpected death in infancy cases at Salt River Mortuary.

2022. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Zemvelo Mnisi. Supervisor: Bronwen Davies. Post-mortem toxicological analysis of hair in violent fatalities: An investigation into long-term drug exposure.

2022. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Yomika Venketsamy. Supervisors: Dr Marise Heyns, Dr Calvin Mole, and Dr Elizabeth Dinkele. A pilot study on stature estimation of the South African male population using the postmortem Lodox® Xmplar-dr imaging device at the Salt River Forensic Medico-Legal Laboratory.

2022. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Tayna Carlisle. Supervisors: A/Prof Laura Heathfield and Prof Lorna Martin. Comparison of SARS-COV-2 rapid tests and formal serological testing on deceased persons in Cape Town Metro.

2022. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Molatelo Peter. Supervisor: Bronwen Davies. Investigating pesticide-related deaths admitted to Salt River mortuary in Cape Town, South Africa: a retrospective, descriptive analysis.
 

BMedSc (Hons)

2022. BMedSc (Hons) (Forensic Genetics). Aqeelah Salie. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield and Tracy Bennett.

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MPhil

2021. Lisa Alberts. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Examining external morphological characteristics of Lucilia sericata pupae for age estimation in medico-legal investigations. Supervisors: Dr Calvin Mole and Dr Marise Heyns.

2021. Donna-Lee Martin. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Forensic human identification: ForenSeq DNA Signature Prep kit data analysis and improvement of workflow. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield.

2021. Yuvika Vandayar. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). A retrospective investigation of sudden unexpected death in the young investigated at Salt River Mortuary, Cape Town. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield.

2021. Alina Hitewa. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Investigating the effect of NucleoSpin® Forensic Filters on DNA recovery from swabs. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield. Co-supervisor: Dr Andrea Gibbon and Dr Calvin Mole.

PhD

2021. Dr Sipho Mfolozi. PhD (Forensic Pathology). A Numerical Protocol of Death-Time Estimation. PhD. Supervisor: Prof AG Malan. Co-supervisor: Prof T Bello-Ochende and Prof Lorna Martin.

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MPhil

2020. Rabia Viljoen. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Optimisation of sample preparation for DNA extraction from formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissues of unresolved sudden unexpected death cases. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield. Co-supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole.

2020. Akshay Vanmali. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The assessment of forensic molecular markers for skin colour in South Africans. Supervisor: Dr Laura Heathfield. Co-supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole.

2020. Khilona Natha. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Molecular Forensic Investigations into Animal Sexual Abuse. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield. Co-supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole.

2020. Ane Louw. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Post-mortem toxicological investigations in a paediatric population. Supervisor: Bronwen Davies. Co-supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield.

2020. Tarryn Haikney. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Investigation into DNA recovered from human teeth for forensic applications. Supervisor: A/Prof Laura Heathfield. Co-supervisor: Prof Victoria Gibbon.

2020. Smangele Malema. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Investigating the impact of Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits (SAECKs) as evidence in rape cases prosecuted in the Western Cape High Court between 2012 and 2016. Supervisor: Dr Marise Heyns. Co-supervisor: Dr Itumeleng Molefe.

2020. Rixongile Malomane. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Investigating the role of alcohol in road traffic collision fatalities in Western Cape, South Africa. Supervisor: Bronwen Davies. Co-supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole.

2020. Lizl Labuschagne. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The use of histological examination methods to distinguish between the burned remains of human and non-human bones. Supervisor: Dr Calvin Mole and Dr Marise Heyns.

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

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MPhil

2019. Nondumiso Shongwe. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Toxicological Findings in Fatal Road Traffic Accidents in Cape Town: A Pilot Study. Supervisor: Bronwen Davies. Co-supervisor: Kathrina Auckloo.

2019. Tafadzwa Tawha. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). Assessing the accuracy of the zygoma for estimating ancestry using geometric morphometrics in a South African sample. Supervisor: Prof Victora Gibbon. Co-supervisors: Dr Elizabeth Dinkele and Dr Calvin Mole.

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: A/Prof 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: A/Prof Laura Heathfield and Mr Lyle Curry.

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

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MPhil

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

2018: Mariana Winterbach. MPhil (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: A/Prof Laura Heathfield.  

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

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

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: A/Prof 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: 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: Prof Victoria Gibbon and A/Prof 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, A/Prof Laura Heathfield and 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: Dr Calvin Mole.

MSc (Med)

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

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MPhil

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: A/Prof 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: 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: A/Prof Laura Heathfield.

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

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MPhil

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 A/Prof Laura Heathfield.

2016: Lyle Curry. MPhil (Biomedical Forensic Science). The evaluation of tests for the identification of semen. Supervisor: A/Prof 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: A/Prof Jacqui Friedling and Dr Sairita Maistry.

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

MMed

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 Prof Lillian Artz

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MPhil

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: Prof 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. Supervisor: 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: 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: Dr Calvin Mole and Dr Marise Heyns.

BMedSc (Honours)

2015: Amy Roberts. BMedSc (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.

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MPhil

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: Prof Karen Shires

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