Prof. Kathy H Myburgh


Prof. Carine Smith  

Research and Laboratory Staff:

Ashwin Isaacs         Dept. Physiological Sciences
Lize Engelbrecht      Central Analytical Facility
Jeandre Viljoen        Exercise Laboratory

 International Research Affiliations

USA - Kentucky University: Muscle Biology Centre,

Prof Karyn Esser and Prof Michael Reid

Greece - University of Thessaly: CERETI:
Dr Christina Karatzaferi


International Research Collaborators

Canada - Carleton University: Institute of Biochemistry
Prof Ken Storey
USA - University of Texas: Andersen Research Centre Prof William Klein and Dr Eric Meadows

Italy - University of Palermo:
Dr Filippo Macaluso

Scotland - University of Sterling:
Dr Naomi Brooks

National and Regional Research Affiliations

Medical Research Council: Cape Heart Group

National Research Foundation: Research Niche Area for Integrative Skeletal Muscle Biology


National and Regional Research Collaborators

University of KwaZulu-Natal: Dept Biochemistry

Dr Carola Niesler

University of Stellenbosch, Dept Medicine:
Dr Mari van de Vyver

Senior Group Members

Postdoctoral Fellow:

Dr Peter Durcan (graduated Manchester University, UK)

Carol Mahachi (co-supervisor with Prof R Moosa)
Rhys McColl
Ashwin Isaacs (co-supervisors Prof Engelbrecht, Dr Loos)

Postgraduate students


Tayla Faulmann
Niccolo Passerin
Tracy Ollewagen
Chris Reeves

BSc Hons:
Cameron Sugden
Nella Boshoff
Kerry Lanz


Prof. Myburgh is the Leader of both the Muscle Research Group and the NRF RNA for Integrative Skeletal Muscle Research and the academic head of the Central Analytical Facility for Live Cell Imaging.

 The MRG’s interests include:

Skeletal muscle injury, inflammation and oxidative stress
Regeneration from injury including the roles of satellite cells, myoblasts and immune cells
Processes satellite cell proliferation, differentiation and fusion;
Specific immune cells and functions of interest include neutrophil adhesion and inhibition; macrophage phenotype.
Signaling pathways of interest
Exercise physiology


The Mission of the MRG is to:

Develop an international standard research platform, including up to date equipment and techniques.
Deliver research that is internationally competitive and relevant; locally relevant and of potential benefit to athletes or persons suffering from muscle diseases.


Research models :  We work with human subjects, small laboratory animals including transgenic mice; C2C12 cells, primary myoblasts and myotubes.