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Prof Anita Michel

Prof Anita Michel

BVSc (Germany) DVM (Germany) PhD (Utrecht)
Professor: Bacteriology

Prof Anita Michel

Office
Room 2-31
Paraclinical Building

Telephone
+27 12 529 8426

Email
[email protected]

Professional and academic experience

  • 20 years experience as researcher and laboratory diagnostician
  • 7 years experience as research programme manager
  • 6 years experience as technical manager of ISO 17025 accredited laboratories

Professional memberships

  • Member of the South African Veterinary Council
  • Member of the Southern African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
  • Member (Treasurer) of the Organising Committee of the 12th International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics in Durban, South Africa, 9 – 14 August 2009

Subjects taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels

  • Bovine tuberculosis
  • Zoonoses
  • Wildlife/livestock/human interface

Research interests

Following the diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis in wildlife in the Kruger National Park over 20 years ago, a number of research questions and opportunities emerged which paved the way to a series of field- as well as laboratory-based studies. Those related mostly to the epidemiology, diagnosis and control of this disease in wildlife but also in livestock. Among the highlights are the unravelling of the BTB epidemic in the Kruger National Park from its introduction to its spread across the Limpopo river.

Current projects focus, apart from continued studies of wildlife tuberculosis (Tiny Hlokwe, Angela Brüns, Nozipho Khumalo), on the role and significance of BTB at the wildlife/livestock/human interface in South Africa (Jolly Musoke, Cisky Molefe) and further afield in Zimbabwe (Tapiwanashe Hanyire), Eritrea (Michael Kaysay) and soon also in Botswana. More recently a need has been identified to conduct epidemiological investigations on bovine brucellosis in cattle (Bongekile Ndwandwe) as well as in African buffaloes (Jacoba Dongo).

Immune responses to M. bovis are often difficult to interpret using standard diagnostic tests. In our recent studies, in collaboration with the Utrecht University, we have gained interesting new insights in the role non-tuberculous Mycobacteria (Noma Gcebe, Akin Jenkins) can play in host immune response to mycobacteria.

Collaboration

National:

  • Stellenbosch University
  • National Zoological Gardens
  • SANParks
  • ARC-OVI
  • Kwazulu/Natal Nature Conservation Services
  • National Institute for Communicable Diseases

International:

  • Utrecht University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Georgia
  • North Carolina State University
  • CIRAD
  • Friedrich-Loeffler Institute
  • SACIDS

Industry:

  • Prionics (Zurich, Switzerland),

Postgraduate Students

Name of student

Degree

Project title

Supervisor status

Tiny Hlokwe

PhD

Molecular epidemiology of bovine tuberculosis in South Africa: genetic marker optimization and development

Supervisor

Noma Gcebe

PhD

The occurrence of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in natural habitats of cattle and African buffaloes in South Africa and immunological reactivity caused in these species by natural NTM exposure.

Supervisor

Jolly Musoke

PhD

Investigating the role of cattle in the epidemiology of tuberculosis and Brucellosis in humans in the Mnisi community of Mpumalanga, South Africa

Supervisor

Cisky Molefe

MSc

Risk Assessment for the zoonotic transmission of bovine tuberculosis and bovine Brucellosis in Mnisi, South Africa

Supervisor

Jacoba Dongo

MSc

Preliminary validation of the Rose-Bengal agglutination test (RBT) and enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA) for bovine brucellosis in African buffalo

Supervisor

Bongekile Ndwandwe

MSc

Serosurvey on Brucellosis in cattle in Swaziland

Supervisor

Angela Bruens

MMed vet

Screening of small predators in the Kruger National Park for mycobacterial infection and disease: A pilot study in the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo)

Supervisor

Akin Jenkins

PhD

Cross-reactive and specific T-cell responses against NTM and M.bovis, genetically modified to express shared and unique model antigens

Co-supervisor

Michael Kaysay

PhD

A study of prevalence and risk factors of bovine tuberculosis in livestock and humans in Eritrea

Co-supervisor

Tapiwanashe Hanyire

MSc

Pilot study to determine the prevalence of tuberculosis in domesticated African elephants (Loxodonta africana) and their handlers in the Victoria Falls area

Supervisor

Nozipho Khumalo

MSc

CMI-based diagnosis of tuberculosis in lions: protocol evaluation and optimization

Co-supervisor

Tafadzwe Chimbwanda

MSc

A preliminary investigation on ovine Johne’s disease in the Eastern Cape

Supervisor

Research output/publications

  • 42 publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • 1 book chapter
  • 61 congress proceedings
  • 1 keynote address
  • 2 FAO expert consultations.

Click here to view a list of publications.

NRF rating

B2

Awards and recognition

  • The Agricultural Research Council President's Award for important contributions to the advancement of diagnostic services
  • Research Associate of the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa.

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