The secret of dying well : the many faces of cell death and its relevance for treating diseases of our time

Engelbrecht, Anna-Mart (2014-03)

Inaugural lecture delivered on 18 March 2014.


Anna-Mart Engelbrecht is currently professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University. She was born in Pretoria, grew up in the Western Cape and matriculated from DF Malan High School in Bellville. She completed a BScHons in Physiology at Stellenbosch University, a MMedSc at the University of the Free State and was awarded her PhD by Stellenbosch University in 2005. She received several prestigious awards which include the Dean’s and Senate’s Medals as well as the Gencor Bronze Medal from the University of the Free State, the Marie Curie Scholarship of the European Union and the Rector’s Award for Excellence in Research from Stellenbosch University. Twelve MSc and four PhD students completed their studies under her supervision; she currently serves as supervisor and co-supervisor for ten PhD students. She serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Biomedical Sciences and regularly referees for international journals which include Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Pharmacological Research, Apoptosis, Cancer Letters, European Journal of Clinical Investigation and Physiological Research. She has published 32 peer-reviewed research articles and seven book chapters and presented invited lectures at national and international conferences. She established the Disease Signalling Group (DSG-CANCER), which investigates metabolic pathways in cancer cells and protective mechanisms in chemotherapy-induced damage to the heart. She is married to Natie Engelbrecht and is mother to their sixteen-year-old daughter, Retha.

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