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Sandra Van Dyk

Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
North-West University
South Africa


Sandra van Dyk  is currently working as Associate Professor (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) in North-West University, South Africa.

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I am both an academic scholar and a registered pharmacist with interest in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and the profession of Pharmacy.  As an academic in the field of Pharmaceutical Chemistry I have experience in teaching-learning and research and as a Pharmacy Professional I have experience in general management, commercialisation and work-integrated teaching-learning. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Academy for Pharmaceutical Sciences sector of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa I have extensive knowledge of the interaction between the different sectors of the profession of Pharmacy, tertiary education, the Statutory Councils and other healthcare sectors. Teaching-Learning:  I have twenty two years of experience in undergraduate teaching-learning as a lecturer and course/module co-ordinator for Pharmaceutical Chemistry.  I have valuable knowledge in the development of new programmes and the internal and external evaluation and approval processes involved.  I am involved as an external examiner in various courses/modules in Pharmaceutical Chemistry presented by Schools of Pharmacy at the University of Limpopo, the University of the Western Cape, the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Namibia. Research:  I have trained twenty six postgraduate students.  I am author/co-author of a number of peer reviewed publications and have participated at national and international conferences.  I act as external examiner for a number of Universities and as a reviewer for various peer-reviewed journals.  My research focusses on sourcing compounds with anti-oxidant properties that are able to cross the blood-brain barrier from plants as well as synthetic methods.


  • Jacques Joubert, Sandra v Dyk, Sarel F Malan. 2013. Small Molecule Fluorescent Ligands as Central Nervous System Imaging Probes. Mini- reviews in Medicinal Chemistry, 13:682-696.

  • Jane Greeff, Jacques Joubert, Sarel FMalan and Sandra van Dyk.2012. Antioxidant properties of 4-quinolones and structurally related flavones. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry,20:809–818.

  • HJR Lemmer, J Joubert, S van Dyk, FH van der Westhuizen and SF Malan. 2012. S-Nitrosylation and attenuation of excessive calcium flux by entacycloundecane derivatives. Medicinal Chemistry,8:361-371.

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