Dr. Charwan Iwanette Du Preez

Dr. Charwan Iwanette Du Preez

Senior Researcher
University of Namibia, Namibia


Highest Degree
Ph.D. in Biotechnology from University of Namibia, Namibia

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Biography

C. Iwanette du Preez is a senior researcher at the Multidisciplinary Research Centre (MRC), University of Namibia (UNAM). She is a PhD graduate from the UNAM Department of Biological Sciences. Together with Dr. Mumbengegwi, she leads the Drug Discovery and Development Programme which conducts research on documentation and valorisation of indigenous medicinal plants. Her main research focus is on the safety and effectiveness of medicinal plants as complementary/alternative medicines for malaria, cancer, diabetes and microbial infections in Namibia using cell-based and small animal models.

Area of Interest:

Molecular Sciences
100%
Microbiology
62%
Molecular Biology
90%
Ethnopharmacology
75%
Drug Discovery
55%

Selected Publications

  1. Preez, C.I.D., S.N. Nafuka, D.R. Mumbengegwi and R. Bock, 2015. Indigenous use of plants to teat malaria in Namibia. In: Indigenous Knowledge of Namibia. Chinsembu, K.C., A. Cheikhyoussef, D.R. Mumbengegwi, S.M. Kandawa, L. Kazembe and C. Kasanda (Ed.). UNAM Press, Namibia, pp- 41-62.

  2. Mumbengegwi, D.R., C.I.D. Preez, F. Dushimemaria, J.R. Auala and S.N. Nafuka, 2015. The use of traditional medicinal plants as antimicrobial treatment. In: Indigenous Knowledge of Namibia. Chinsembu, K.C., A. Cheikhyoussef, D.R. Mumbengegwi, S.M. Kandawa, L. Kazembe and C. Kasanda (Ed.). UNAM Press, Namibia, pp- 89-114.

  3. Kadhila-Muandingi, N.P., O. Nametso, I. Du Preez and D.R. Mumbengegwi, 2013. Antiplasmodial activity of indigenous Ganoderma lucidum and Terfezia pfeilii mushrooms of Namibia. J. Parasitol., 104: 186-193.

  4. Dushimemaria, F., D.R. Mumbengegwi, I. Du Preez and R.A. Bock, 2012. Qualitative phytochemical screening and in vitro antimicrobial effects of plant extracts of Searsia tenuinervis. J. Res. Microbes, 1: 88-95.

  5. Du Preez, I.C. and D.R. Mumbengegwi, 2012. Phytochemical investigation on Namibian plants for anti-malaria compounds. J. Stud. Humanities Social Sci., 1: 147-158.
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  6. Auala, J.R., D.R. Mumbengegwi, I. Du Preez and R.A. Bock, 2012. Evaluation of Tarchonanthus camphorates plant extracts for antimicrobial activity against food-borne pathogens. J. Res. Microbes, 1: 96-104.