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Department of Chemical Pathology

The Department of Chemical Pathology is one of five departments within in the School of Pathology at the University of the Witwatersrand. The department enjoys joint status as an academic and a service division within the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS).

Chemical pathology involves the study and investigation of the biochemical basis of disease processes and the use of biochemical tests for diagnosis and management of diseases. The discipline involves an integration of laboratory and clinical medicine with good opportunities to participate in clinical research.

The Department provides diagnostic laboratory services to Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic and Chris Hani Baragwananth Hospitals. In addition it provides teaching at the undergraduate and post graduate level

Our mission is to conduct research and provide diagnostic services in chemical pathology to the public and private sector, and to teach and train medical technologists, medical technicians, pathologists and medical scientists who will be able to make a significant contribution in the field of chemical pathology in South Africa.

Head of Department: Dr J George  

Perilipin staining (red) on the surface of a lipid droplet membrane to show lipid droplet formation. Cell nucleus was counterstained with DAPI. Scale bar = 20 μm

PA to Dr J George: Ms Funani Makhanya
General Enquiries Ms Funani Makhanya
Tel: +27 (0) 11 489 8500
Fax: +27 (0) 11 489 8451

Physical and Mailing Address:

Department of Chemical Pathology
Wits Medical School
7 York Road