Dr. Kyle J McHugh
Currently working for QuintilesIMS

Kyle graduated from the Water Research Group in 2015.

Currently working for QuintilesIMS in the Clinical Operations Department for Infectious diseases. His current projects are on Ebola in Mali and Senegal as well as on a TB vaccine which in the human trial phase of development. He is finalising papers from his PhD after which he will be seeking more collaborating opportunities.

Dr. Christian Selbach
Currently doing his Postdoc at University of Otago with Robert Poulin (2017-2019)

Chris graduated from the Water Research Group in 2016.

Christian Selbach was a postdoctoral fellow at the Water Research Group working on the ecological role of parasites and their hosts. He studied English and Biology in Germany and New Zealand and finished his degree in 2010 at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. In the course of his dissertation at the Department of Aquatic Ecology in Essen he studied the biology and ecology of digenean trematodes parasitizing aquatic snails in the Ruhr reservoir system in Germany. The study resulted in a comprehensive dataset that allowed to analyse the role of these important parasites in man-made waterbodies and provided new insights into their contribution to the ecosystem’s biodiversity and biomass as well as their medical relevance as human pathogens. At the Water Research Group, Christian studied how the complex interplay between native and invasive snail hosts and their parasites shape and influence free-living and parasite communities in South African ecosystems.
Dr. Wihan Pheiffer
Currently doing his Postdoc in Pharmaceutical toxicology

Wihan graduated from the Water Research Group in 2016.

Wihan Pheiffer was a PhD student at the NWU’s Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management and Water Research Group (WRG). He began his PhD in 2013, under the supervision of Prof Rialet Pieters and Prof Nico Smit. The aim of his study was to investigate the potential exposure of humans and wildlife to the 16 priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Klip River that flows through the densely populated Soweto and Lenasia. The study included the assessment of the PAH levels in the environment and their different toxic effects in the sediments and fish.
Uané Pretorius
Currently an Environmental Scientist at Exigo3 Sustainability

Uané graduated from the Water Research Group in 2016.

Uané Pretorius was a Master's student at the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management and a member of the Water Research Group at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. She enrolled for her undergraduate degree in Zoology and Microbiology in 2011 and completed the degree in 2013. Under the supervision of Professors Corrie Wolmarans, Victor Wepener and Kenné de Kock, she completed her Honours project in November 2014. The project entailed a baseline study of the aquatic macroinvertebrate diversity and selected physico-chemical parameters of the Mooi River and Wonderfontein Spruit, North-West Province, which also formed the basis of her Master's project, which she completed in 2016.

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