Professor Alvaro Viljoen

Professor Alvaro Viljoen

Professor Alvaro Viljoen
Professor Alvaro Viljoen completed a BSc, BSc Hons. (cum laude) and MSc (cum laude) in Botany at Stellenbosch University. In 1994 he commenced with a PhD at the Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg) on the chemotaxonomy of the genus Aloe which was completed in 1999. In the same year he was appointed as a lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the Department of Pharmacy, University of the Witwatersrand. In 2000 he established a Pharmacognosy research group and has since supervised 35 postgraduate students at the MSc and PhD level. In 2002 he was promoted to senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and in 2005 to Associate Professor. In July 2005 he was appointed as a research fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). Alvaro’s research interest and passion lies in the phytochemistry and biological activity of medicinal and aromatic plants and he has penned 130 peer reviewed papers on this topic. Amongst others, he and his postgraduate students are currently completing the first biosystematic and biopharmaceutical study on the genus Sceletium. As an internationally recognized scientist he has been elected onto the editorial board of several high impact scientific journals and has received the following awards:
The University of the Witwatersrand awarded him the Friedel Sellschop award as outstanding young scientist in 2000.
Best ethnobotany contribution at the Annual Conference of the South African Association of Botanists in 2001, 2003 and 2004.
An Award from the South African Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the best peer reviewed paper in the field of Pharmaceutics published in 2005, 2007 and 2009. In 2006 he received the same award for the best scientific publication in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (of which I was the principal author).
He has been recognized as TUT’s senior researcher of the year in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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