Staff Profiles

Prof Kerstin Andrae-Marobela

Inspecting natural products from medicinal plants

Faculty of Science

Biological Science

Associate Professor

Location: 235/251
Phone: 0267 355 2609
Email Prof Kerstin Andrae-Marobela

MSc:  Albert - Ludwigs - University Freiburg, Germany    BIOCHEMISTRY  Liver epitehlium cell metabolism

PHD: Pre-Cilinical Research, Sandoz Pharma, Basel Switzerland and Albert - Ludwigs University,   MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY  Alzheimer's Disease

1995-1999            Staff Research Scientist/Staff Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, University of Vienna, Austria

2000-2005            Assistant Professor, Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, University of Vienna, Austria

2007-2012            Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Botswana

2010-2013            Co-Consultant National Indigenous Knowledge Systems Policy (Area of responsibility: Human Health)

2013 -                   Associate Professor – Molecular Cell Biology

2017-                    Acting Director, Center for Scientific Research, Indigenous Knowledge & Innovation

2017-                    Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence Supervisor/Researcher

2020-                    Member of the WHO Regional Expert Advisory Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19

Cell Biology



Molecular Genetics

  • Development and application of new participatory methods for collaboration of scientists and traditional healers for drug discovery
  • Creation of natural product-based screening resources and new screening approaches for indigenous knowledge - based drug discovery platforms
  • Identification of traditional medicine with anti-HIV and HIV latency reversal properties and isolation of active principles
  • Traditional medicine documentation systems

  • Natural products as anti-infective agents with emphasis on HIV-1, HIV-1 Latency reversal, Mycobacteria, helminth/nematodal infections and causative agents of sexually transmitted infections
  • Ethnomedical and participatory research methods
  • Reverse pharmacology

  • Andrae-Marobela, K. et al. (2012) ‘Now I heal with pride: The application of Screens-to-Nature Technology to Indigenous Knowledge Systems Research in Botswana – Implications for drug disocvery’, Ch. 10, 239-264 in: Chibale, K., Davies-Coleman, M., Masirimebwa, C (Edts.) ‘Drug Discovery in Africa’, Springer Verlag, Germany.
  • Ian Tietjen, Barbara N. Ngwenya, Ghislain Fotso, David E. Williams , Sundana Simonambango, Bonaventure T. Ngadjui Raymond J. Andersen, Mark A. Brockman, Zabrina L. Brumme, Kerstin Andrae-Marobela (2018) The Croton megalobotrys Müll Arg. traditional medicine in HIV/AIDS management: Documentation of patient use, in vitro activation of latent HIV-1 provirus, and isolation of active phorbol esters. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 211, 267-277.

  • Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography:

In pursuit of academic excellence