_DSC0416The Council of Stellenbosch University (SU) appointed Prof Louise Warnich, Vice-Dean (Research) in the Faculty of AgriSciences, as the new dean of the Faculty of Science at SU.

Prof Warnich obtained a PhD in Human Genetics from SU, joined the Department of Genetics in 1992 and was appointed as Professor in 2003. She also served as Chair of the Department. She was also employed by the Division Human Genetics in the SU Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She served as chair of the Southern African Human Genetics Society from 2007 – 2009 and also serves on the Council of the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute. She is an associate editor of the Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine and a review editor for Frontiers in Pharmacogenetics. Her field of study is the pharmocogenetics, the study of variability in drug response due to heredity.

“The Faculty of Science is responsible for the training of the next generation of scientists in maths, physics and biology and makes an important contribution to SU’s research profile. I believe the Faculty can perform very well in the ever-changing environment that research-driven universities find themselves in. The challenge is to create an environment and culture in which staff members and students can unlock their full potential and build partnerships inside and outside of SU. As alumna of the Faculty it will be a privilege for me to lead the growth and development of this Faculty to even greater heights.”

The Department of Microbiology would like to congratulate Prof. Warnich on her new appointment and wishes her every success in her new duties as Dean of the Faculty of Science!

Die Raad van die Universiteit Stellenbosch (US) het prof Louise Warnich, Visedekaan: Navorsing in die Fakulteit AgriWetenskappe, aangestel as dekaan van Fakulteit Natuurwetenskappe aan die US.

Prof Warnich het haar doktorsgraad in Mensgenetika aan die US verwerf en is sedert 1992 aan die Departement Genetika verbonde, waar sy in 2003 as professor aangestel is en later ook as Voorsitter gedien het. Sy was voorheen ook verbonde aan die Afdeling Mensgenetika in die Fakulteit Geneeskunde en Gesondheidswetenskappe aan die US. Sy het gedien as voorsitter van die Suider-Afrikaanse Mensgenetika Vereniging en dien tans op die Raad van Elsenburg Landbou-opleidingsinstituut. Sy is mede-redakteur van Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine, redaksielid van OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology en dien in die evalueringspaneel van Frontiers in Pharmacogenetics. Haar navorsingsveld is farmakogenetika en behels die studie van individue se reaksie op geneesmiddels gebaseer op erflikheidsfaktore.

“Die Fakulteit Natuurwetenskappe is verantwoordelik vir die opleiding van die volgende generasie wiskundige, fisiese en biologiese wetenskaplikes en lewer ‘n belangrike bydrae tot die US se navorsingsprofiel. Ek glo dat die Fakulteit kan presteer in die snel veranderende omgewing waarin navorsingsgedrewe universiteite hulleself tans bevind. Die uitdaging is om ‘n omgewing en kultuur te skep waarin personeel en studente hulle volle potensiaal kan ontsluit asook om sinergistiese vennootskappe binne en buite die US uit te bou. As alumnus van die Fakulteit sal dit ‘n besondere voorreg wees om die groei en ontwikkeling van die Fakulteit tot nog groter hoogtes te lei”.

Die Departement Mikrobiologie wens Prof. Warnich baie geluk met haar aanstelling en wens haar alle voorspoed toe met haar nuwe pligte as Dekaan.

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