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  • UP's Prof Myburg receives International Forest Biotechnologist of the Year Award

    Posted on August 02, 2019

    Prof Zander Myburg, Director of the Forest Molecular Genetics Programme in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria, recently received the prestigious Biotechnologist of the Year Award from the Institute of Forest Biosciences.

  • UP's Dr Jandeli Niemand wins international prize for malaria research poster

    Posted on August 02, 2019

    Dr Jandeli Niemand from the Malaria Parasite Molecular Laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria (UP) has won a prize for her poster entitled: “The use of phenomics to generate mode of action fingerprints of antiplasmodial...

  • Two UP malaria experts receive international travel scholarships

    Posted on July 30, 2019

    Two researchers from the Malaria Parasite Molecular Laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria (UP), Dr Jandeli Niemand and Dr Dina Coertzen, received travel scholarships to attend the Setting our Sights on Infectious Diseases Conference...

  • UP Microbiology PhD student wins international prize

    Posted on July 22, 2019

    A UP PhD student in microbiology, Itumeleng Baloyi, was recently awarded the first prize for the best poster presentation at the Phytochemical Society of Europe and Young Scientist Meeting 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.

  • ‘You can be whatever or whoever you want to be’ – 2018 UP Derek Gray Award recipient

    Posted on April 29, 2019

    “I love learning about the world around me and how science can shape and change it,” says first-year student Rahil Samlal, who is studying towards a BSc Microbiology degree in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP). Rahil is also the winner...

  • First Soapbox at NAS with two renowned academics

    Posted on April 05, 2019

    Two seasoned academics from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS), Prof Jan Verschoor (Biochemistry) and Prof Wentzel Schoeman (Chemistry) recently gave their own unique flavour to the term ‘soapbox’.

  • Two NAS researchers elected to SCAR

    Posted on March 20, 2019

    Two researchers from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) at the University of Pretoria, Dr Thulani Makhalanyane and Dr Christel Hansen, have been elected to the South African National Committee (SANC) of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), an...

  • UP PhD student a runner-up in SA Agency for Science and Technology Advancement competition

    Posted on March 13, 2019

    Ms Yashini Naidoo, a second-year PhD student at the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG), is the runner-up in the Writing category of the South Africa Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) Young Science Communicator Competition. Her...

  • Latest T&[email protected] Bulletin (2019) now available

    Posted on February 04, 2019

    The second issue of the 2019 NAS T&L Bulletin was officially launched on 1 February 2019. According to Dr Rory Biggs from the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, one of the editorial members of the Bulletin, "The T&[email protected] Bulletin aims to be a forum for sharing thoughts,...

  • Two UP professors make Web of Science’s Highly Cited Researchers list for 2018

    Posted on December 14, 2018

    Two internationally renowned researchers from the University of Pretoria (UP), Prof Mike Wingfield and Prof Bernard Slippers, have been included on the 2018 Web of Science’s list of the world’s most highly cited researchers.

  • Meshack Kekana - South African Risk Influencers of the year 2018

    Posted on December 06, 2018

    Meshack Kekana was selected out of 500 nominees as part of the top 4 South African Risk Influencers of the year 2018. These are all the individuals who are making positive changes on a national scale. At age 23, Mr Kekana was the youngest nominee in the history of the awards.

  • UP Fellow Dr Osmond Mlonyeni appointed to The Innovation Hub board

    Posted on November 29, 2018

    Dr Osmond Mlonyeni, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria’s Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), was recently appointed to The Innovation Hub’s Board of Directors.

  • UP academic becomes first African elected to International Society of Microbial Ecology board of directors

    Posted on October 16, 2018

    Dr Thulani Makhalanyane, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria, has recently been elected to the board of the International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME). The board currently has 12 directors from the USA, Europe, South...

  • UP ISMC clinches double win at malaria research conference

    Posted on August 14, 2018

    The University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) researchers scooped awards at the recent Southern African Malaria Research Conference held at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg. Hosted by the South African Medical Research Council,...

  • Dr Jandeli Niemand – waving UP’s flag for Malaria Elimination

    Posted on August 03, 2018

    Dr Jandeli Niemand won the award for the best oral presentation at the 4th Annual Southern African Malaria Research Conference 2018. Through her outstanding contribution UP’s name was held high at the meeting themed: Malaria Elimination: A Moving Target, where many key contributors to...

  • “Brian Sharp Award” for Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology Postdoctoral Fellow

    Posted on April 26, 2018

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology wins “Brian Sharp Award” at the 7th MIM Pan African Malaria conference

  • State-of-the-art biomolecular laboratories create opportunities for collaboration

    Posted on April 18, 2018

    “These world-class laboratories will allow us to consolidate and grow our research base in the newly consolidated Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology under Prof Paulette Bloomer.” These sentiments were shared in March this year by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal,...

  • A first for South Africa

    Posted on April 16, 2018

    Ms Takalani Makhanṱhisa, who will soon be commencing her MSc studies in Medical Entomology at the University of Pretoria (UP), was recently awarded the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology during a ceremony at UP.

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