Sandy van Vuuren - South Africa (Exploring the anti-infective properties of essential oils and their combinations)

Her expertise lies in the anti-infective properties of essential oils, their use in combination and the structure activity relationships. Some of the most valuable contributions made over the last few years have been towards the field of validating the anti-infective role of medicinal aromatic plants. Another focus area, which brought both national and international recognition, is her scientific contribution towards combination studies where attention is given to interactions between molecules, different oils as well as interactions between essential oils and conventional antimicrobials. She holds an MSc in Medical Microbiology and a PhD in the antimicrobial properties of medicinal aromatic plants.