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 Prof. Michael Davies-Coleman

Position: Dean of Science
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Science
Qualifications: BSc, BSc(Hons), PhD (Rhodes)
Tel: 021 959 2762
Fax: 021 959 2266


 Professor Mike Davies-Coleman joined the University of Western Cape as Dean of Natural Sciences in June 2012 from Rhodes University where he was a Professor of Chemistry and a former Department of Chemistry Chairperson.  He is a marine natural product chemist and his research, stretching over three decades, has focussed on the discovery of new medicines from Southern African marine organisms and, more recently, the role which volatile marine natural products play in the chemistry of the atmosphere. Professor Davies-Coleman has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters in the fields of marine and terrestrial natural products, and chemistry education, and currently holds an NRF B rating. He has supervised, and co-supervised, seven post-doctoral, fifteen PhD and eleven MSc research projects and is the recipient of both the Rhodes University Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Research and Teaching awards.  He is an Emeritus Professor of Rhodes University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the South African Chemical Institute and a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.  Professor Davies-Coleman has been a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Fredrick, Maryland, USA and more recently a Benjamin Meaker Visiting Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol.


Recent publications 2015-2020​

Kuyper, B., Wingrove, H., Lesch, T.,  Labuschagne, C.,  Say, D., Martin, D., Young, D.,  Khan, M A. H.,  O'Doherty, S.,  Davies-Coleman, M. T., Shallcross,  D. E.,  Earth and Space Chemistry, 2020, (in press)


2. Atmospheric HCFC-22, HFC-125, and HFC-152a at Cape Point, South Africa

Kuyper, B.,  Say, D., Labuschagne, C.,  Lesch, T.,  Joubert, W. R., Martin, D., Young, D., Khan, M. A. H.,  Rigby, M.,   Ganesan, A. L., Lunt, M. L.,  O’Dowd, C., Manning, A. J., O’Doherty, S., Davies-Coleman, M. T., Shallcross, D. E., Environmental Science and Technology, 2019, 63, 8967-8975.


3. Volatile halocarbon measurements in the marine boundary layer at Cape Point, South Africa

Kuyper, B.,  Lesch, T.,  Labuschagne, C.,  Martin, D., Young, D.,   Khan, M A. H.,  . Williams, A. G.,  O'Doherty, S.,  Davies-Coleman, M. T., Shallcross,  D. E., Atmospheric  Environment, 2019, (214), 116833


4. Colourful chemistry of South African latrunculid sponges.             

Davies-Coleman, M.T., Antunes, E.M., Beukes, D.R., Samaai, T. South African Journal of Science, 2019, 115(5/6), Art. #5534, 7 pages. https://doi. org/10.17159/sajs.2019/5534.


5. Exploratory applications of 2-nitrobenzaldehyde-derived Morita–Baylis–Hillman adducts as synthons in the construction of drug-like scaffolds, 

Idahosa, K.C., Davies-Coleman, M.T., Kaye, P. T., Synthetic Communications, 2019, 

doi: 10.1080/00397911.2018.1559333.


6. Hyphenated LC-ICP-MS/ESI-MS identification of iodinated metabolites in South African marine ascidian extracts  

Bromley, C.L.; Raab, A.; Parker-Nance, S.; Beukes, D.R.; South African Journal of Chemistry, 2018, 71, 111-117.


7. Four decades of trace gas analysis at Cape Point, South Africa. 

Labuschagne, C.;  Kuyper, B.; Brunke, E-G.; Mokolo,T.;  van der Spuy, D.;  Martin, L.;  Mbambalala, E.;  Parker, B.; Khan, M.A.H.; Davies-Coleman, M.T.; Shallcross, D. E. and Joubert, W. Transactions of the Royal Societry of South Africa, 2018, 73, 113-132.


8. Unequivocal determination of caulamidines A and B: application and validation of new tools in the structure elucidation tool box

Milanowski, D. J., Oku, N.,  Cartner, L. K., Bokesch, H. R., , R. T.,  Saurí, J., Liu, Y., Blinov, K.A. Ding, Y., Li, X-C.,  Ferreira, D., Walker,  L.A., Khan, S.,  Davies-Coleman, M.T.,  Kelly, J.A., McMahon, J.B. Martin, G. A.,  and Gustafson, K.R. Chemical Science, 2018, 9, 307 - 314, DOI: 10.1039/c7sc01996c.


9. Antibacterial activities of bacteria isolated from the marine sponges Isodictya compressa and Higginsia bidentifera collected from Algoa Bay, South Africa. 

Matobole R. H, van Zyl, L.J., Parker-Nance, S. Davies-Coleman, M.T.,  Trindade, M., Marine Drugs, 2017 15, 47; doi:10.3390/md15020047.


10. Keeping it in the family: Evidence for co-evolution of latrunculid sponges and their dominant bacterial symbionts.

Matcher, G.F., Waterworth, S.C., Walsmley, T. A., Matsatsa, T., Parker-Nance, S., Davies-Coleman, M.T. and Dorrington, R.A. Microbiology Open, 2017, 6, 1-13. Doi:10.1002/mbo3.417


11. A modelling study of the atmospheric chemistry of DMS using the global model, STOCHEM-CRI.

Khan M.A.H., Gillespie S.M.P., Razis B., Xiao P., Davies-Coleman M.T., Percival, C.J., Derwent, R.G., Dyke, J.M., Ghosh, M.V., Lee, E.P.F. and Shallcross, D.E. Atmospheric Environment, 2016, 127, 69-79.


12.Recent advances in drug discovery from South African marine invertebrates.

Davies-Coleman, M.T. and Veale, C.G.L Marine Drugs, 2015, 13, 6366-6383.


13. Antiplasmodial activity: The first proof of inhibition of heme crystallization by marine isonitriles.

Young, R.M., Adendorff, M.R., Wright, A.D. and Davies-Coleman, M.T. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 2015, 93, 373-380.


 14. Synthetic Analogues of Marine Bisindole Deoxytopsentin: Potent Selective Inhibitors of MRSA Pyruvate Kinase. 

Veale, C.G.L.,  Zoraghi, R., Young, R. M., Morrison, J. P., Partheeban, M., Lobb, K. A., Reiner, N. E., Andersen, R. J. and Davies-Coleman, M.T. Journal of Natural Products 2015, 78, 355-362.)




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