Gelderblom Wentzel Christoffel Andreas
Gelderblom Wentzel Christoffel Andreas was elected as an AAS Fellow in 2014. As a fellow, Gelderblom Wentzel Christoffel Andreas contributes to the development of the Academy’s strategic direction through participation in AAS activities and governance structures. . This gears the Academys vision of transforming african lives through science.
Prof Gelderblom has a long standing scientist experience and currently appointed as Research Chair in the Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Bellville. He has previously been Unit Director, Programme on Mycotoxins and Experimental Carcinogenesis. South African Medical Research Council, after years of being a chief specialist scientist and interim director. Following the isolation and characterisation of the carcinogenic mycotoxins, the fumonisins by Prof Gelderblom, 120 scientific papers in leading scientific journals and 11 book chapters have been published. These contributions made major scientific impact, have been cited in the literature many times (H-index of 40; Scopus) which stimulated research in institutions worldwide. Prof Gelderblom served on international research working groups of the WHO (JECFA) and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France on the evaluation of risk parameters and carcinogenesis potency of chemicals including the fumonisins and received the IARC visiting scientist award during 1996. He was appointed as scientific expert for the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (2011-2015). He is regularly invited as plenary speaker and chairperson to several national and international conferences and international working group meetings on the regulation and control of mycotoxins in Africa (IARC, 2014). He conducted ground breaking research on the cancer preventive properties of South African herbal teas and dietary fatty acids against fumonisin B1 hepatocarcinogenesis. Received research grants from the South African Rooibos Council, the Cancer Association of South Africa and the National Research Foundation. Prof Gelderblom promoted/co-promoted MSc (10) and PhD (15) degrees at local universities. Appointed as associate editor (Mycopathologia; 2005-2008) and served on the Editorial Board of Toxin Reviews and Scientific World Journal (2011 to 2014)