Facilities

Physiological Sciences is found on the first floor of the Mike de Vries Building. We have a variety of undergraduate and post graduate laboratories.

Molecular Physiology Laboratory: This laboratory is one of the department’s main laboratories. Both undergraduate and post graduate training are done here. We have the newest apparatus to our disposal where students are trained with new techniques as well as developing new analytical techniques.

Histology Laboratory: This laboratory is mainly used for post graduate training. This division specialise in cell culture staining, tissue preparation for microscopic analysis (mainly skeletal muscle).

Human Exercise Laboratory: The exercise laboratory is mainly used for both under graduate and post graduate training, but also for external athlete performance testing.

Cellular Physiology Laboratory: Our department’s research mainly centres around this laboratory. The laboratory has four laminar flow hoods with different types of incubators for culturing and analysing cell culture samples.

Haematology Laboratory: This laboratory is mainly used for post graduate investigation on different blood fractions. A new Cell Dyne haemocytometer is used to analyse blood samples not only in our department’s research projects but also other departments on campus.

Cell Imaging Unit (Central Analytical Facilities CAF): Different advanced technological apparatus are housed here. The laboratory is being used by different departments and also surrounding tertiary institutions make use of the facilities in this laboratory.

Lasec - AD Instruments Undergraduate Laboratories: These laboratories are mainly used for the majority undergraduate practical training. The Department is one of the first physiology departments nationally to switch to a more modern computerised physiology practical training programme. Students are exposed to the newest technology with interactive programmes to stimulate critical thinking in physiology.

Animal Physiology Laboratory: This laboratory mainly focuses on a heart perfusion model (Langedorff) where heart physiology during ischaemic events are investigated and also combined under pathophysiological conditions such as diabetes or hyperlipidemia.