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Cherene De Bruyn

Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Faculty of Science

I am a Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry PhD candidate, currently enrolled in the LJMU Thematic Doctoral Programme through the Forensic Research Institute (FORRI) and the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. I am under the primary supervision of Dr Komang Ralebitso-Senior and the co-supervision of Dr Heather Panter, Dr Kirstie Scott, and Dr Frederic Bezombes for the project titled: The detection and investigation of human remains using forensic ecology and remote sensing approaches.

As an enthusiastic postgraduate researcher, I bring a dynamic and results-oriented approach to my academic pursuits. With a foundation in archaeology and physical anthropology, I have extensive experience in these fields. My academic journey also includes being a Chevening Alumnus (University College London, 2016). Prior to my doctoral studies, I gained valuable experience in British archaeology at the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), Northampton. Additionally, I have also gained valuable experience and contributed to grave relocation and heritage mitigation projects across South Africa. My research interests span a wide range of topics, including bioarchaeology, burial archaeology, decomposition studies, grave investigations, remote sensing, ground-penetrating radar (GPR), and forensic ecogenomics. I aspire to make meaningful contributions to these fields, leveraging interdisciplinary approaches.




2017, University College London, United Kingdom, MA - Archaeology
2015, University of Pretoria, South Africa, BSc Honours - Physical Anthropology
2013, University of Pretoria, South Africa, BA Honours- Archaeology
2012, University of Pretoria, South Africa, BA

Journal article

De Bruyn C, Meyer A. 2018. A bioarchaeological analysis of historical human skeletal remains recovered from Lancaster Mine, Witwatersrand, South Africa The South African Archaeological Bulletin, 73 :4-12 Publisher Url Public Url

Membership of professional bodies:

Student Member, British Association for Forensic Anthropology (BAFA). 2024

Member, Applied Microbiology International. 2024

CRM Accreditation Principal Investigator: Grave relocation; Field Director: Colonial period archaeology, Iron Age archaeology; Field Supervisor: Rock art, Stone Age archaeology & Laboratory Specialist: Human Skeletal Remains, Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA). 2019

Professional Member, Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA). 2016

Member, Golden Key International Honour Society, South Africa. 2011


Chevening Scholarship - Masters study in the UK, British High Commission, Chevening Secretariat, and FCO. 2016

Kent Bequest, South African Archaeological Society. 2013