Alvaro Viljoen


Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tshwane University of Technology
South Africa

Born in 1969 in Pretoria, South Africa, Alvaro Viljoen completed a BSc, BSc Hons. (cum laude) and MSc (cum laude) in Botany at Stellenbosch University.  In 1994, Alvaro commenced with a PhD at the University of Johannesburg on the chemotaxonomy of the genus Aloe. In 1999, Alvaro was appointed as a lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Witwatersrand where we was promoted to Associate professor in 2005. In July 2005, he was appointed as a research fellow and full professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria). More than fifty post-graduate students have graduated under his supervision since 2002. His research interest is the phytochemistry and biological activity of medicinal and aromatic plants indigenous to South Africa. He has authored / co-authored >200 peer reviewed papers mostly on the phytochemical exploration and biological activity of indigenous medicinal and aromatic plants (h index = 28). He has been elected on to the editorial board of the Journal of Essential Oil Research (Francis & Taylor), Phytochemistry Letters (Elsevier), Phytochemistry (Elsevier) and he is editor-in-chief of Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Elsevier). In October 2013 Alvaro was awarded the National Research Chair in Phytomedicine a position which he holds concurrently as Director of the SAMRC Herbal Drugs Research Unit in South Africa.

Alvaro Viljoen

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