Werner Jasper Geldenhuys, BPharm, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeast Ohio Medical University
Location: Rootstown, Ohio, United States
Werner Geldenhuys, BPharm, PhD, graduated from Potchefstroom University, South Africa (now North-West University) in 1999 with a pharmacy degree. He then went on to receive a PhD in medicinal chemistry (2004) after completing a masterís degree in medicinal chemistry, both from North-West University. His graduate studies focused on the development of novel neuroprotective compounds for use in Parkinsonís disease. After graduation, he was a post-doctoral research scientist at Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC) in Amarillo, Texas, where he studied neuronal iron uptake pathways in Parkinsonís disease. Additionally, he also developed computational models to predict blood-brain barrier distribution of CNS drugs. Currently, he is an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Rootstown, OH. His research group is focused on the development of novel therapeutics, which can slow down the disease progression of Parkinsonís disease, through the targeting of mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress.