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Prof. Jeanetta J Du Plessis

Prof. Jeanetta J Du Plessis


Prof. Jeanetta J Du Plessis
Professor of Pharmaceutics
Director of Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences [Pharmacen]
North-West University
Republic of South Africa



Dr. Jeanetta du Plessis, earned her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and started her career as Senior Assistant in the Department of Pharmaceutics in 1984. At present, she is a professor of Pharmaceutics and the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacen). She has gained International experience as a visiting scientist at the University of Michigan, USA, and as a visiting research fellow at the University of Cardiff, UK. She is an active scientist with a strong research-, innovation- and postgraduate student output Trajectory. Her Research mainly focuses on the optimization of topical and transdermal drug delivery. She is an author/co-author of numerous patents, chapters in books, and more than 81 International peer-reviewed research papers and has participated extensively at national and international conferences. She has been a National Research Foundation-rated scientist since 1995 and an established researcher and according to Google scholar, her total number of citations is 1355, her H-index is 20 and i10-index is 33. Her research findings were published in high impact pharmaceutical journals with impact factors of well over 3.
She is an expert in transdermal and topical drug delivery research and her novelty of research has reflected by international patents on her research. She has contributed to science, both in national and international, and reviewed numerous scientific manuscripts on transdermal delivery research for international peer reviewed journals.
Presently she is the member of the Department of Science and Technology, Nanotechnology, Health and Safety Executive advisory committee, the Controlled Release Society, the South African Pharmaceutical Society, the South African Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the South African Society of Cosmetic Chemists, the South African Academy of Science and Arts, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).


Research Interest

Drug delivery
Transdermal drug delivery
Topical drug delivery