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 Professor Mike Davies-Coleman is a marine natural products chemist and joined the University of Western Cape as Dean of Natural Sciences in June 2012.

Professor Mike Davies-Coleman is a marine natural products chemist and 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.  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 and 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.​

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