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...
Bright student has a planet named after him
Posted on July 11, 2018
How many people can say they have had a planet has been named after them and that they have published internationally, all before reaching the age of 21?
Bernard Smit, a final-year microbiology student at the University of Pretoria (UP), recently published an article in the international journal...
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,...
Collaboration key to success in science
Posted on March 23, 2018
‘Science is not a solitary journey and collaborations should start from as early as possible.’ These are the words of PhD student in Medicinal Plant Science in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), Carel Oosthuizen, who was recently awarded the...
CMEG congratulates Marc and Casper on the successful completion of their Ph.D. degrees
Posted on February 12, 2018
The Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG) recently had two of its Ph.D. candidates successfully complete their degrees. Both Casper Kamutando and Marc W. Van Goethem presented the results of their Ph.D. research projects on Monday 5th February 2018 during their Prestige Seminars, and...
African genetic diversity could hold answer to unlocking disease susceptibility
Posted on December 12, 2017
A team of South African researchers which includes researchers from the University of Pretoria (UP) recently completed a study aimed at unlocking the unique genetic character of southern African populations.
Nick de Beer recognised as Best First-year Lecturer in NAS
Posted on December 08, 2017
Mr Nick de Beer, a lecturer in Chemistry in the Faculty of Natural- and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) at the University of Pretoria, was voted the Best First-year Lecturer in the Faculty on 1 December 2017.
Prof Paulette Bloomer to head new Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Posted on December 07, 2017
Professor Paulette Bloomer has been appointed as Head of the newly merged Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria from 1 January 2018.
Prof Bernard Slippers appointed as Director of FABI
Posted on November 20, 2017
Prof Bernard Slippers has officially been appointed as Professor and Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria from 1 January 2018.
UP ready to address challenges in agriculture for next hundred years
Posted on November 14, 2017
Not only did the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP) celebrate a hundred years of agriculture at a prestigious event earlier this month, but it also recognised Dr Johan van Zyl, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP and current CEO of African...
CMEG student wins best oral presentation at Genetics Postgraduate Symposium
Posted on November 07, 2017
Storme de Scally, a student at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, won the best oral presentation at the 2017 Annual Genetics Postgraduate Student Symposium. Storme is currently in the final stages of her Master's degree in Genetics, and works on microbial communities in the Southern...
Opinion: South Africa can't afford to see its universities pitch over the precipice
Posted on November 02, 2017
Prof Brenda Wingfield weighs in on the conversation about the current state of South African universities.
UP postgraduate researcher a GradStar awardee
Posted on October 30, 2017
Hilde von Grunning was announced as one of the top 100 students in the prestigious GradStar Awards for 2017.
Dr Riaan Rifkin wins best presentation at the 8th Oppenheimer De Beers Research Conference.
Posted on October 20, 2017
Dr Riaan Rifkin, a Research Fellow at the University of Pretoria Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, was recently awarded the best presentation at the 8th Oppenheimer De Beers Research Conference.
Prof Mike Wingfield receives Chinese Government Friendship Award
Posted on October 13, 2017
Prof Mike Wingfield, Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and President of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, recently received the Chinese Government Friendship Award for 2017.
Expanding the Research Leadership Foundation across UP
Posted on October 12, 2017
The third round of the Tuks Young Research Leader Programme (TYRLP) welcomed 20 new fellows on 3 and 4 October 2017. This enriching workshop involved fellows from four faculties and focused on research leadership and leadership skills development.
Marc Van Goethem selected as one of the Top 100 university students in South Africa by Gradstar Awards
Posted on October 04, 2017
Marc Van Goethem, a final year Ph.D. student at the University of Pretoria Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG), was recently selected as one of the Top 100 university students in South Africa through the Gradstar Awards programme.
CMEG student awarded a Gauteng Biotech Fundi Award
Posted on October 03, 2017
Storme de Scally, an MSc student at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG) at the University of Pretoria, was awarded the Best Performing Student at the 2017 Gauteng Biotech Fundi Awards.
Opinion: The peer review system has flaws. But it's still a barrier to bad science
Posted on September 26, 2017
The scientific peer review system has received a fair amount of negative press in recent years. Prof Brenda Wingfield weighs in on the debate in an article that recently appeared on The Conversation.