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2020

PhD
 
 
Supervisor
Co-supervisor(s)
Title

Backer

Robert

Genetics

Prof N van den Berg

Prof S Naidoo

Molecular and bioinformatic analysis of the Persea americana (Mill.) NPR1-dependant defense signalling pathway in response to Phytophthora cinnamomi infection

Deng

JunYin

Genetics

Prof JM Greeff

Dr SG Compton (Leeds, UK), Dr S van Noort  (Iziko SAM)

Effects of ecology on Ficus population genetic structure in southern Africa

Dilebo Masego Biochemistry Prof L Birkholtz Dr D Coertzen Mechanistic investigation of a novel artemisinin-based combination that targets Plasmodium falciparum parasites

Ferreira-Venter

Linda

Genetics

Prof V van Staden

Prof J Theron

The role of non-structural protein NS3 in the African horse sickness virus infection cycle in mammalian and insect cells

Fitza

Katrin NE

Genetics

Prof B Slippers

Dr JR Garnas

Diversity, specificity and admixture in the SirexAmylostereum – Deladenus symbiosis

Kekana Meshack Biochemistry Dr Ntombi Gama    

Li

JieQiong

Microbiology

Prof SF Chen (China)

Prof MJ Wingfield

Taxonomy, mating type distribution and population biology of Calonectria species.

Malebe

Masixolise P

Biotechnology

Prof Z Apostolides

Prof AA Myburg

Genome-wide sequence based markers for germplasm analysis and the identification of putative molecular markers in tea  Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze

Matlala

Moloko J

Genetics

Prof P Bloomer

Mr IR Bills

Phylogeography and relationships of the suckermouth catfishes (Chiloglanis Peters 1868; Siluriformes: Mochokidae) of the Limpopo river system and implications for water management in South Africa

Mosina

N Leticia

Biotechnology

Prof DA Cowan

Prof W-D Schubert

Structure-function analysis of a novel multi-functional glycoside hydrolase

Nagel

Jan H

Genetics

Prof B Slippers

Prof MJ Wingfield

Genomic insights into the biology and evolution of Botryosphaeriaceae

Olivier

Nicholas

Bioinformatics

Prof O Reva

Prof D Berger (DPSS)

Genome assembly, annotation and comparative analysis of the maize fungal pathogen Cercospora zeina

Pinard

Desré S

Genetics

Prof E Mizrachi

Prof AA Myburg

Systems Biology of organellar carbon metabolism in Eucalyptus xylogenesis

Ramlucken

Uraisha

Microbiology

Prof MS Thantsha

Dr C Jansen van Rensburg (DAWS), Dr R Lalloo (CSIR)

Development of a multi-strain Bacillus probiotic for poultry production               

Ramulongo

Tovhowani D

Microbiology

Dr FF Maree (ARC)

Prof J Theron

Antigenic refocusing of a SAT2 foot-and-mouth disease vaccine seed strain

Roberts

Ronel

Microbiology

Prof G Pietersen

 

Genetic and Biological diversity of ‘Candidatus Liberibacters’ from South Africa

Saasa

R Valentine

Biochemistry

Dr M Beukes

Dr BW Mwakikunga (CSIR), Prof I Barnes

Detection of acetone using nanostructured WO3 for diabetes mellitus monitoring applications

Sayari

Mohammad

Microbiology

Prof BD Wingfield

Prof ET Steenkamp, Dr M van der Nest (ARC)

Molecular characterization of secondary metabolite pathways in the Ceratocystidaceae

Shin

Gi Yoon

Microbiology

Prof TA Coutinho

Prof LN Moleleki

Functional characterisation of Hfq and identification of Hfq-dependent sRNAs in Pantoea ananatis

Tchotet Tchoumi

James M

Microbiology

Jolanda Roux

Martin Coetzee, Prof B Slippers

Woodrot fungi in the Garden Route National Park and surrounds of South Africa: Identification and taxonomy

van Wyk

Stephanie

Microbiology

Prof ET Steenkamp

Prof BD Wingfield, Prof NA van der Merwe, Dr L de Vos

Repeat-induced point mutations in the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex

Wilson

Andrea M

Genetics

Prof BD Wingfield

Prof MJ Wingfield, Dr P Wilken, Dr M van der Nest (ARC)

Unisexual Reproduction in filamentous Ascomycete Fungi, with particular reference to Huntiella moniliformis

MSc
 
 
Supervisor
Co-supervisor(s)
Title

Boafoh

Kofi K

Biochemistry

Prof W-D Schubert

 

Selectively modifying the interaction of human Tuba SH3‐6 domain with listerial InlC and human N‐WASP

Brown

Katrien

Genetics

Dr S Hussey

Prof AA Myburg, Prof E Mizrachi

Identification and functional associations of DNase I hypersensitive sites in developing secondary xylem of Eucalyptus grandis

Candotti

Julia

Genetics

Prof AA Myburg

Prof E Mizrachi

Genetic dissection of growth and wood properties in a nested, half-sib  Eucalyptus hybrid pedigree

Demetriou

Demetra D

Biochemistry

Dr M Beukes

 

Identification and characterization of selected plant extracts and their influence on bacterial peptidoglycan hydrolases and microbial biofilms

Dewing

Claudette

Microbiology

Dr L de Vos

Prof BD Wingfield, Prof ET Steenkamp, Dr M van der Nest (ARC)

Comparative genomics reveal processes implicated in host-specificity in species within the American clade of the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex.

Dilebo

Masego E

Biochemistry

Prof L Birkholtz

Dr D Coertzen

Mechanistic investigation of a novel artemisinin-based combination that targets Plasmodium falciparumparasites

Dlamini

Lenye S

Biochemistry

Prof W-D Schubert

 

Structural and inhibition studies of thiamine monophosphate kinase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Dlangalala

Thobeka N

Microbiology

Prof MS Thantsha

Prof LN Moleleki

Structural and functional properties of probiotic strains as affected by multi-stress adaptation process and subsequent freezing

du Toit

Michael T

Microbiology

Prof N van den Berg

Prof ZW de Beer, Dr G Fourie

Assessing the threat of the polyphagous shot hole borer ambrosia beetle and its fungal symbiont, Fusarium euwallaceae, to Persea americana in South Africa

Engelbrecht

Stephanus

Genetics

Prof AA Myburg

Prof E Mizrachi

Allele-specific expression in xylogenic tissues of Eucalyptus grandis x E. urophylla hybrids

Facey

Shaina T

Microbiology

Prof G Pietersen

 

Is poor detection of grapevine leafroll associated virus in South Africa due to resistance in rootstocks?

Gounden

Luveshnie

Microbiology

Prof SN Venter

Dr F Hammes (CH)

Monitoring bacteria in a large South African drinking water distribution and reticulation system

Greyling

Nicola

Biochemistry

Prof C Maritz-Olivier

Dr C Stutzer

Comparative immune-profiling of tick vaccine formulations and the role of co-infestation with Babesia microti in Ixodes ricinus-infected BALB/c mice

Gricia

Alessandro R

Microbiology

Prof LN Moleleki

 

The type VI secretion system in Pectobacterium spp: Role in virulence and regulation by Zur

Hartley

Jesse MH

Microbiology

Prof N van den Berg

 

Surveillance and isolation of Rosellinia necatrix in South African avocado orchards.

James

Alanna M

Genetics

Prof C Maritz-Olivier

Dr C Stutzer

In silico and two-hybrid functional characterization of the Rhipicephalus microplus (Canestrini, 1888) vaccine antigen BM86

Janse van Rensburg

Rochelle

Microbiology

Prof G Pietersen

Prof K Krüger (DZE)

Candidatus Liberibacter africanus’ in non-rutaceous alternate host species from South Africa.

Joubert

Melissa

Microbiology

Prof N van den Berg

Sreedhara Ashok Prabhu

Discovery of Phytophthora cinnamomi RxlR effector genes expressed during Avocado infection

Joubert

Monique

Bioinformatics

Prof O Reva

 

Molecular insights into the mechanisms of drug induced resistance reversion in Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Acinetobacter baumannii

Kabwe

Eugene NK

Bioinformatics

Prof D Berger (DPSS)

Dr AT Duong

Discovery and genomic architecture of Cercospora zeina (Crous & U. Braun) effector genes

Kampman

Tamanique P

Genetics

Prof S Naidoo

Dr E Visser

The transcriptome of Pinus maximinoi under Fusarium circinatum challenge

Kekana

Meshack

Biochemistry

Dr NH Gama

Prof D Meyer (UJ)

In vitro anti-cancer activity of novel organometallic gold and ruthenium complexes

Lane

Frances A

Genetics

Prof BD Wingfield

Dr P Wilken

Development of a genetic transformation system in the family Ceratocystidaceae with specific references to Ceratocystis albifundus

Lenahan

Claire M

Genetics

Prof P Bloomer

Mr A Klopper

Conservation genetics of southern African Wattled (Grus carunculata) and Grey Crowned (Balearica regulorum) Crane populations

Loubser

Lizette

Bioinformatics

Prof AA Myburg

Prof E Mizrachi, Dr N Christie

Genetic architecture of gene expression during xylogenesis in Eukalyptus interspecific hybrids

Lynn

Kira MT

Genetics

Prof I Barnes

Prof MJ Wingfield, Prof ZW de Beer, Dr A Duran

Fusarium spp. associated with ambrosia beetles on Acacia crassicarpa in Indonesia

Macharia Nyambura

Teresia N

Microbiology

Prof LN Moleleki

Dr D Bellieny-Rabelo

Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) plant responses to root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne javanica, challenge.

Mashamba

Tebatso G

Microbiology

Prof S Cosa

Dr TE Tshikalange

Quorum quenching potential of South African indigenous medicinal plants in combating bacterial pathogens associated with diabetic foot ulcer.

Mavima

Lazarus

Microbiology

Prof ET Steenkamp

Prof SN Venter, CW Beukes

Taxonomic characterization of Paraburkholderia tuberum-like rhizobia from diverse legumes

Mhlana

Ongeziwe

Microbiology

Prof S Cosa

 

Anti-quorum sensing and anti-biofilm properties of South African medicinal plants to combat respiratory tract infections

Miguel

Nikki

Microbiology

Prof LN Moleleki

 

Identification of antibacterial type VI secretion system effectors in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense 1692

Miyambo

Tsakane M

Genetics

Prof N van den Berg

Dr SA Prabhu

Identification and characterization of polygalacturonases in Phytophthora cinnamomi.

Modiba

M Patience

Microbiology

Prof TA Coutinho

Dr T Bose

The identification of Oomycetes associated with plum orchards in the Western Cape Province, South Africa

Modisane

Gontse KJ

Biochemistry

Prof Z Apostolides

Prof JE van der Waals (DPSS)

Metabolic profiling for identification of potential biomarkers in potato tuber extracts associated with tolerance to Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea infection

Mokhasi

Masego P

Microbiology

Prof S Cosa

Dr TE Tshikalange

Identification and potential application of quorum quenching bacterial endophytes from South African medicinal plants.

Molatseli

Mosa J

Biochemistry

Prof JA Verschoor

Prof A Stoltz (FHS), Dr Y Lemmer (CSIR)

Anti-mycolic acid gallibodies as labelling tools in tuberculosis related  biological samples

Moller

Dalton

Biochemistry

Prof ARM Gaspar

Prof M Bester, Dr H Taute

Antifungal mode of action studies of an antimicrobial peptide Os in planktonic Candida albicans (ATCC 90028)

Morgan

Seamus W

Microbiology

Prof ZW de Beer

Prof MJ Wingfield

Taxonomy and biology of Quambalaria spp. infecting eucalypts in South Africa

Mosweu

Mpho I

Genetics

Dr P Moela

Prof L Motadi

Investigating the effect of RBBP6 gene expression on telomerase activity in cervical cancer cells

Moyana

Sanele B

Microbiology

Prof SN Venter

Prof ET Steenkamp, Dr EK Muema

Diversity of rhizobial Methylobacterium species associated with indigenous legumes in South Africa

Mthunzi

Fezile S

Microbiology

Martin Coetzee

Dr A Hammerbacher (DZE), Prof BD Wingfield

Identification and characterisation of terpene synthase genes in the fungal genus Armillaria,
with special reference to A. mellea.

Mulaudzi

Khodani

Microbiology

Prof TP Makhalanyane

Dr JK Gokul

Elucidating the gut microbiome of healthy South African individuals from rural and urban localities

Muzondiwa

Dillon

Bioinformatics

Prof O Reva

 

Exploring the evolution of drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis using Whole Genome Sequencing data

Ncube

Brighton

Microbiology

Prof MS Thantsha

Dr MG Mathipa

Prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in food samples from retail shops and street vendor stalls in Pretoria and the evaluation of probiotics as potential control measure

Ndhlovu

Khumbudzo

Microbiology

Prof ET Steenkamp

Dr AI Hassen (ARC)

Symbiotic nitrogen fixation efficiency of native rhizobia in selected South African legume crops

Otukpa

Faith O

Biochemistry

Prof Z Apostolides

 

Metabolomic analysis of maize (Zea mays L.) seedlings treated with selected plant growth promoting rhizobacteria

Pentz

Karina

Genetics

Prof JM Greeff

 

Adaptive and maladaptive sex ratios in a pollinating fig wasp

Procter

Miranda

Microbiology

Prof ZW de Beer

Prof MJ Wingfield, Dr AT Duong

Redefining generic boundaries in the Ophiostomatales (Ascomycota)

Ragavaloo

Arthessa

Biochemistry

Prof JA Verschoor

Dr Y Lemmer (CSIR)

Towards a rapid immuno-test for Tuberculosis: Immunochemical characterisation of a suitable mycolic acid antigen preparation

Rossi Schenone

Tessa

Genetics

Prof P Bloomer

Prof AL Leisewitz (FVS)

Pilot study into the molecular mechanisms of canine distemper virus infection

Sithole

Khongelile S

Genetics

Prof NA van der Merwe

Prof ET Steenkamp, Prof S Naidoo

Non-ribosomal peptide synthetases from the genomes of selected Chrysoporthe species

Smith

Robyn L

Genetics

Prof S Naidoo

Prof ET Steenkamp

The partial characterisation of the terpene synthase genes implicated in the defence response by Pinus patula and Pinus tecunumanii to Fusarium circinatum

Swanepoel

Monique

Genetics

Prof P Bloomer

Mr A Klopper

Conservation genetics of the suni antelope Nesotragus moschatus von Dueben, 1846

Tatham

Catherine  T

Genetics

Prof BD Wingfield

Prof MJ Wingfield, Dr P Wilken, Mariet van der Nest

Characterization of the Teratosphaeria destructans genome

Truyts

Alma E

Biotechnology

Prof JA Verschoor

Dr Y Lemmer (CSIR), Shavon David (CSIR)

Towards paper based micro bio-sensing of biomarker anti-mycolic acid antibodies for TB diagnosis.

van der Walt

Mandelie

Biochemistry

Prof ARM Gaspar

Prof M Bester, Dr H Taute

Exploring the mode of action of an antimicrobial peptide Os-C in planktonic Candida albicans (ATCC 90028)

van Heerden

Ashleigh

Biochemistry

Prof L Birkholtz

Mr R van Wyk

Stratifying antimalarial compounds with similar mode of action using machine learning on chemo-transcriptomic profiles.

Watson

Savannah J

Biochemistry

Prof ARM Gaspar

Prof Megan Bester, Dr H Taute

Investigation into the mode of action of the antimicrobial peptide Os on Candida albicans (ATCC 90028) biofilm formation

Yssel

Litia

Genetics

Prof V van Staden

Dr E Venter

Interaction of African horse sickness virus inclusion bodies with cellular translation machinery to compartmentalise virus protein synthesis

Zim

Nomakula Y

Microbiology

Prof TA Coutinho

 

Comparative genomics and pathogenicity of Xanthomonas vasicola

link to: 2020  or  2018

2019

PhD
 
 
Supervisor
Co-supervisor(s)
Title

Awandu

Shehu S

Biochemistry

Prof L Birkholtz

Dr J Raman (NICD), Prof T Bousema (NL)

Understanding the contribution of malaria parasites to continued residual malaria in a pre-elimination setting in South Africa; implications for elimination strategies.

Beukes

Chrizelle W

Microbiology

Prof ET Steenkamp

Prof SN Venter, Prof TM Stepkowski (Warsaw, POL), Dr M le Roux (SANBI)

Genomic diversity and phylogeography of South African rhizobia

Botha

Jonathan

Genetics

Prof DA Cowan

Prof AA Myburg, Prof E Mizrachi

Design, characterisation and in planta expression of a chimeric xylanase

Carstensen

Gabrielle D

Microbiology

Prof TA Coutinho

Prof SN Venter, Prof MJ Wingfield

Bacterial wilt of Eucalyptus: understanding pathogenicity and the virulence of the causal agents

Chang

Runlei

Microbiology

Prof ZW de Beer

Dr AT Duong, Prof MJ Wingfield, Prof X Zhou

Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with conifer-infesting bark beetles in China

Erasmus

Johannes C

Genetics

Prof JM Greeff

 

Genetic heritage of the Afrikaner population

Fourie

Arista

Genetics

Prof I Barnes

Prof MJ Wingfield, Prof BD Wingfield, Dr M van der Nest (ARC)

A genomic approach towards understanding host specificity and pathogenicity in two Ceratocystis species

Human

Zander R

Microbiology

Prof ZW de Beer

Prof SN Venter, Prof MJ Wingfield

The microbial ecology of Protea repens (Proteaceae) infructescences and the surrounding environment

Kiper

Ilkser E

Genetics

Dr TB Hoareau

Dr P Borsa (UMR, F), Dr D Ponton (WIOMSA, F)

DNA barcoding and phylogeography of rabbitfishes (Teleostei: Siganidae): addressing challenges in a marine fish family with cross‐species introgression using a multilocus approach

Koech

Robert K

Biochemistry

Prof Z Apostolides

 

Identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) associated with agronomic traits in tea (Camellia sinensis)

Kruger

Meike S

Genetics

Prof JM Greeff

Prof RM Giblin-Davis (USA)

Fig wasp nematode diversity in South Africa and their effect on associated fig wasp fitness

Liu

Feifei

Microbiology

Prof SF Chen (China)

Prof MJ Wingfield, Prof I Barnes

Species diversity and host associations of plant pathogenic Ceratocystis species in China

Mahaye

Ntombikayise

Microbiology

Prof DA Cowan

Ndeke Musee

Stability of gold and cerium oxide nanoparticles in aqueous environments, and their effects on Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and Salvinia minima

Mathipa

Moloko G

Microbiology

Prof MS Thantsha

Prof AK Bhunia

Bioengineered Lactobacillus casei expressing internalin AB genes for control of Listeria monocytogenes infection

Mortlock

Marinda

Microbiology

Prof W Markotter

Dr J Weyer (NICD)

Detection and genetic characterization of potential zoonotic paramyxoviruses in an Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) population within South Africa

Nzuki

Inosters W

Biotechnology

Prof AA Myburg

 

QTL mapping for pest and disease resistance in cassava varieties Kiroba and AR37-80 and coincidence of QTLs with introgression regions from Manihot glaziovii

Oates

Caryn N

Genetics

Prof S Naidoo

Prof B Slippers, Dr K Denby, Prof AA Myburg

Eucalyptus morphological and molecular responses to Leptocybe invasa oviposition

Potgieter

Sarah C

Microbiology

Prof SN Venter

Prof AJ Pinto (NE U, USA)

Microbial ecology and metabolism in chloraminated drinking water systems

Ranchod

Heena

Biotechnology

Prof JA Verschoor

Dr Y Lemmer (CSIR)

Novel recombinant anti-mycolic acid immunoglobulin tools for improved understanding and management of tuberculosis

Robbertse

Luïse

Genetics

Prof C Maritz-Olivier

Prof AL Leisewitz (FVS)

Comparative immunoprofiling of three economically important cattle breeds using blood, skin and lymph node tissues following Rhipicephalus microplus infestation

Roodt

Danielle

Genetics

Prof E Mizrachi

Prof Y van der Peer

The evolution of xylogenesis in the vascular plants

Rotimi

Adeola M

Bioinformatics

Prof O Reva

 

Development of multi-locus barcodes for identification of bacterial strains and species in environmental samples using next generation sequencing technologies

Santana

Quentin C

Genetics

Martin Coetzee

Prof MJ Wingfield, Prof BD Wingfield, Prof ET Steenkamp

Population and genomic analyses of the pitch cancer pathogen Fusarium circinatum Nirenberg & O'Donnell

Scott

Terence P

Microbiology

Prof LH Nel

 

RNA- and DNA-based therapeutics for rabies

Segobola

Mashikoane PJ

Biotechnology

Prof DA Cowan

Dr TL Tsekoa (CSIR), Dr K Rashemuse (Innovation Hub), Dr Evelien Adriaenssens

Identification and characterisation of nucleic acid manipulating enzymes from metaviromic DNA

Storm

Nadia

Microbiology

Prof JT Paweska

Prof W Markotter, Dr P Jansen van Vuren (NICD)

Monitoring of humoral immune responses against Marburg virus and evaluation of their role in protection against re-challenge in naturally immune Rousettus aegyptiacus fruit bats

Strydom

Elrea

Microbiology

Prof G Pietersen

 

Soybean blotchy mosaic virus:  Molecular characterization and seasonal persistence

van Biljon

Riëtte A

Biochemistry

Prof L Birkholtz

Dr J Niemand, Prof M Llinas

Integrative transcriptome and phenome analysis reveals unique regulatory cascades controlling the intraerythrocytic asexual and sexual development of human malaria parasites

van der Watt

Mariëtte E

Biochemistry

Prof L Birkholtz

Dr J Niemand

Exploring the kinase inhibitor chemical space for novel dual active and gametocyte-focussed antimalarials.

Visser

Erik A

Biotechnology

Prof S Naidoo

Prof AA Myburg, Prof ET Steenkamp, Prof J Wegrzyn (U Connecticut, USA)

Transcriptomic model of resistance mechanisms in the Pinus-Fusarium circinatum interaction

Wright

Nicolette

Microbiology

Prof LH Nel

 

Development of new recombinant vaccines for rabies and dog population management

Yu

XiaoYu

Bioinformatics

Prof O Reva

 

Mathematical modeling of evolutionary changes of oligonucleotide frequency patterns of bacterial genomes for genome-scale phylogenetic inferences

MSc
 
 
Supervisor
Co-supervisor(s)
Title

Abrie

Clarissa

Biochemistry

Prof L Birkholtz

Dr J Niemand

Unravelling the role of Aurora kinases in cell cycle regulation of malaria parasites

Bouwman

Pieter H

Genetics

Prof DA Cowan

Riana Bornman, Prof A Valverde Portal

Analysis of the bacterial microbiome from prostate tissue of South African men

Castillo Vaca

Diego J

Genetics

Dr M Potgieter

Prof A Valverde

Exploring the blood microbiome in Alzheimer’s disease and healthy individuals

Chiramba

Court K

Biochemistry

Prof ARM Gaspar

Prof MJ Bester (FHS)

Anti-biofilm activity of the tick-derived antimicrobial peptide, Os(11-22)NH2, against Candida albicans

Flatela

Thembisa B

Genetics

Prof JM Greeff

 

Quantifying admixture in the Afrikaner population using mitochondrial DNA

Hoffmann

Angela A

Genetics

Dr M Potgieter

 

Studying the innate immune training of monocytes in Alzheimer’s disease

Joshua

Alicia C

Biochemistry

Dr J Niemand

Prof L Birkholtz

Investigating phenotypic differences of Plasmodium falciparum parasites following exposure to classical antimalarial drugs

Krieg

Ilana L

Biochemistry

Dr M Beukes

 

In silico genome mining, characterization and purification of an antimicrobial compound produced from Enterococcus faecium

Mafireyi

Godwin A

Bioinformatics

Dr C Hefer

Prof FM Joubert

A case study for the de novo genome assembly of plant genomes from Illumina short reads

Mailula

Dineo M

Microbiology

Dr A Hammerbacher (DZE)

Prof BD Wingfield, Dr M van der Nest (ARC)

Production of fusel alcohols in species of the family Ceratocystidaceae

Maposa

Linience M

Biochemistry

Dr M Beukes

 

In silico mining, characterization and purification of an antimicrobial compound produced by Enterococcus faecium

Mlambo

Tlangelani

Microbiology

Prof SN Venter

 

Occurrence of non-tuberculous mycobacteria in a chloraminated drinking water distribution system

Mufamadi

Zanelle C

Microbiology

Prof N van den Berg

 

Identification of the causal agents and management of husk rot on macadamia in South Africa

Pieters

Ané

Genetics

Prof V van Staden

 

Investigating the intracellular trafficking of mature African horse sickness virus particles

Rodrigues Jardim

Bianca-Rosa

Genetics

Dr WC Fick

Prof B Slippers, A Postma Smidt

Characterising the sex determination pathways of Sirex noctilioand Culicoides sonorensis

Schepers

Celeste

Microbiology

Prof LH Nel

 

Molecular epidemiology of rabies in domestic animals and wildlife in South Africa

Schulze

Susanna E

Microbiology

Prof G Pietersen

 

Pre-empting maize lethal necrosis disease in South Africa:  potyviruses of maize (Zea mays)

Thipa

David D

Biochemistry

Dr PG Motshwene

 

Effects of IRAK-4 phosphomimetics on the Myddosome assembly

Welgemoed

Tanya

Bioinformatics

Prof D Berger (DPSS)

Dr R Pierneef (ARC)

De novo assembly of transcriptomes from near-isogenic maize lines for novel defence gene discovery

link to: 2020  or  2019

2018

PhD
 
 
Supervisor
Co-supervisor(s)
Title

Adesioye

Fiyinfoluwa

Genetics

Prof DA Cowan

Prof W Schubert, Dr TP Makhalanyane

Structural and functional characterization of an acetyl xylan esterase from a desert soil metagenome

Bello-Akinosho

Maryam M

Microbiology

Prof MS Thantsha

Dr RA Adeleke (ARC)

Biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in contaminated soils using a tripartite association of ectomycorrhizal fungi  pine plant and their rhizosphere bacteria

Chitray

Melanie

Microbiology

Dr FF Maree (ARC)

 

Improvement of foot-and-mouth disease virus vaccines and diagnostics through structural design

Coetzee

Nanika

Biochemistry

Prof L Birkholtz

Prof B Garcia (U Pennsylvania, USA)

Sexual differentiation of malaria parasites is controlled by unique epigenomic and proteomic cascades as revealed by comparative functional genome analyses

Coetzer

André

Microbiology

Prof LH Nel

Prof W Markotter

The epidemiology of rabies in selected sub-Saharan countries

Dawlal

Pranitha

Microbiology

Prof E Buys (DCFS)

Prof MS Thantsha, Dr CJ Brabet (CIRAD SN)

Reducing fumonisin exposure in African fermented maize-based foods with lactic acid bacteria

de Jager

Gideon J

Biotechnology

Prof P Bloomer

Dr C Harper

Conservation and management genomics of African buffalo  Syncerus caffer  (Sparrman  1779) from southern Africa

Geldenhuys

Marike

Microbiology

Prof W Markotter

Dr J Weyer

Viral discovery in South African insectivorous bats using metagenomic strategies

Kamutando

Casper N

Genetics

Prof Angel Valverde Portal

Prof DA Cowan, Dr TP Makhalanyane

Plant invasions and the role of soil microorganisms: Acacia dealbata as a case study

Masumba

Esther A

Genetics

Prof NA van der Merwe

Prof AA Myburg, Dr ME Ferguson (Int.Inst.Trop.Dis)

Mapping of QTL associated with resistance to cassava brown streak and mosaic diseases in outcrossing cassava farmer varieties from Tanzania

Mlonyeni

O Xolile M

Genetics

Prof B Slippers

Prof JM Greeff, Prof MJ Wingfield, Prof BD Wingfield

Characterization of variability in the Sirex-Amylostereum-Deladenus symbioses

Mwita

Liberata

Bioinformatics

Prof O Reva

Prof SL Lyantagaye (TZ)

Bioinformatic and biotechnological study of biocontrol Bacillussuitable for crop protection and plant growth promotion

Oberholster

Tanzelle

Genetics

Prof A Valverde

Prof DA Cowan

Root-associated microorganisms in crop productivity

Otto

Margot

Microbiology

Prof TA Coutinho

Dr J Roux, Dr Y Petersen (ARC)

Bacterial canker of cherry trees:  biology and epidemiology of the causal agent

Palmer

Marike

Microbiology

Prof SN Venter

Prof ET Steenkamp, Dr MPA Coetzee

Viral discovery in South African insectivorous bats using metagenomic strategies

Reader

Janette

Biochemistry

Prof L Birkholtz

Prof D Meyer (UJ)

Interrogation of the chemotherapeutic and transmission-blocking abilities of metallodrugs against malaria parasites

Reinecke

Samantha

Genetics

Prof C Maritz-Olivier

Prof NA van der Merwe, Prof E Mizrachi

Towards improved chemical and immunological strategies for control of Rhipicephalus species on cattle

Simpson

Melissa C

Genetics

Prof BD Wingfield

Prof MJ Wingfield, Dr MA van der Nest, Dr MPA Coetzee

Mating in Ceratocystis fimbriata

Stobie

Connor S

Genetics

Prof P Bloomer

Dr C Oosthuizen, Dr MJ Cunningham

Population genomics and phylogenomics of South African Labeobarbus (Rüppell, 1835) species

Tanay

Bose

Microbiology

Prof MJ Wingfield

Prof J Roux, Prof TI Burgess (Murdoch U, Australia)

Phytophthora species diversity associated with native and non-native forests in South Africa

Tanui

Collins K

Microbiology

Prof LN Moleleki

 

Transcriptome profiling of Pectobacterium carotovorum subp. brasiliense reveals genes involved in ecological fitness and virulence mechanisms during infection

van der Linde

Johannes A

Microbiology

Prof J Roux

Prof MJ Wingfield, Prof DL Six (U Montana, USA)

Fungi, insects and abiotic factors associated with the death of Euphorbia ingens in South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSc
 
 
Supervisor
Co-supervisor(s)
Title

Ali

Daniel B

Microbiology

Prof MJ Wingfield

Jolanda Roux, AR McTaggart

Cryphonectriaceae from native Myrtales in Indonesia, La'Reunion in South Africa

Baxter

Janine R

Genetics

Prof DA Cowan

Ian Hogg

Assessing genetic diversity of springtails (Collembola) across the Namib Desert and the potential role of environmental parameters in driving this diversity

Coles

Donovin W

Biotechnology

Prof S Naidoo

Ritesh Mewalal

Functional characterisation of Arabidopsis thaliana nitrate transporter NRT2.5 in plant defence.

Crous

Andréa

Microbiology

Prof J Theron

 

Characterization of cytopathogenicity of African horse sickness virus reassortants generated by reverse genetics

Crous

Minette

Microbiology

Prof SN Venter

Nanette Christie

Microbial community dynamics in a large drinking water treatment and distribution system

du Toit

Yves S

Bioinformatics

Prof S Naidoo

Nanette Christie

The development and use of a comparative transcriptomics analysis tool for Eucalyptus defence interactions

Harris

Megan

Microbiology

Prof G Pietersen

 

Characterization of viruses associated with Grapevine Leafroll disease in Vitis rootstocks in South Africa

Johnson

Riegardt M

Genetics

Dr J Ramond

Prof DA Cowan

An "omics" analysis of the enigmatic Namib Desert gravel plain fairy circles

Kruger

Robert F

Biochemistry

Prof W-D Schubert

Dr PG Motshwene

Functional and structural characterisation of a multimodular xalanse from the hindgut metagenome of the snouted harvester termite

Long

Channen

Genetics

Prof DA Cowan

Morné du Plessis (Nat.Zool.Gardens)

A seasonal comparison of the gut microbiome of the Southern Lesser Galago, Galago moholi (A. Smith, 1836)

Loubser

Nadine

Microbiology

Dr P de Maayer

Prof DA Cowan

Comparative genomic and structural analysis of the S-layer of Geobacillus and Parageobacillus

Moodley

Kinosha

Microbiology

Prof SN Venter

 

Characterization of microbial communities in drinking water sources and distribution systems

Mutseka Lunga

Percy

Microbiology

Dr A Valverde Portal

Prof DA Cowan, Dr TP Makhalanyane

Distribution and diversity of rhizobial population associated with Arcacia dealbata in South Africa

Naude

Mariska E

Biochemistry

Dr J Niemand

Prof L Birkholtz

Dynamic bioinformatics and isotopic evaluation of the permeome of intraerythrocytic Plasmodium falciparum parasites

Nel

Wilma

Microbiology

Prof ZW de Beer

Prof BD Wingfield, Prof MJ Wingfield, Dr A Duong

Taxonomy  and biology of the plant pathogenic fungus Thielaviopsis basicola

Nxumalo

Kulani

Microbiology

Prof SN Venter

Prof ET Steenkamp

Characterization of Burkholderia isolates associated with root nodules of Vachellia karoo in South Africa

Polliack

Shamara

Microbiology

Dr P de Maayer

Prof DA Cowan

Characterisation of the carbon monoxide dehydrogenases, hdydrogenases and microcompartments in Geobacillus and Parageobacillus

Potgieter

John

Microbiology

Prof J Theron

 

A reverse genetics system for African horse sickness virus and its application for the development of the virus as a vector for foreign gene expression

Priem

Stefan L

Microbiology

Prof LN Moleleki

Prof TA Coutinho

Characterisation of the cellulose biosynthesis cluster and its role in Pectobacterium adherence to biotic and abiotic surfaces

Ramafoko

Sabela

Biochemistry

Prof ARM Gaspar

Prof A Neitz

The effect of tryptophan end-tagging on the function of antimicrobial peptide, Os-C, derived from the tick Ornithondaros savignyi

Ramaloko

Winnie T

Microbiology

Dr P de Maayer

Prof DA Cowan

Comparative genomics of the hemicellulose and galactan utilization system in Geobacillus and Parageobacillus

Sanasi

Kavani

Microbiology

Prof ZW de Beer

Prof MJ Wingfield, Dr A Duong

Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with pine-infesting bark beetles in Guatemala

Sikhosana

Thokozani

Biochemistry

Prof C Maritz-Olivier

 

Protein production and in vivo validation of Bm86-based vaccines in Holstein-Friesian calves against the cattle tick, Rhipicephalus microplus

Swanepoel

Riaan L

Genetics

Prof E Mizrachi

Prof F Joubert

Gene catalog assembly and co-expression analysis from the cycad Encephalartos natalensis for discovery of novel secondary metabolism in the Cycadales

Tribe

Catherine E

Genetics

Prof V Coetzee

Prof JM Greeff

Assessing the association between cytokine-related genes and facial appearance

van der Walt

Andries

Bioinformatics

Dr J Ramond

Prof O Reva

The Metagenomics of Namibian and Australian Fairy Circles

von Grüning

Hilde

Biotechnology

Prof L Birkholtz

Dr J Niemand

CRISPR/Cas9 mediated deletion of genes encoding putative cell cycle regulators in Plasmodium falciparum

Vosloo

Solize

Microbiology

Prof SN Venter

Dr AJ Pinto (NEU, USA)

Spatial and temporal patterns associated with bacterial communities in a drinking water treatment plant

Wierzbicki

Martin P

Genetics

Prof AA Myburg

Prof E Mizrachi

Systems genetics of xylan modification in Eucalyptus

 

 

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