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  • New beginnings at NAS: Meet Dr Jarishma K Gokul

    Posted on February 17, 2021

    Meet Dr Jarishma K Gokul, Lecturer and Microbiome Group Leader in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences who was appointed in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in January 2021.

  • National Geographic Society profiles UP researcher who traces ancient human diseases

    Posted on October 20, 2020

    Dr Riaan Rifkin, a Research Fellow at the University of Pretoria (UP), was honoured with a profile in a recent edition of National Geographic Society for his work on tracing the DNA of ancient human diseases.

  • UP and partners awarded EU grant to study South Atlantic microbiomes

    Posted on September 26, 2020

    The University of Pretoria (UP) is part of a consortium that has been awarded €11 million (about R 216 million) to study the microbiomes in the South Atlantic Ocean.

  • UP Vice-Principal becomes first female president of the Royal Society of South Africa

    Posted on October 10, 2019

    The University of Pretoria’s Vice Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education, Professor Stephanie Burton, has been elected President of the Royal Society of South Africa, the first woman to hold the position in the organisation’s 111-year history.

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

    Posted on March 19, 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...

  • UP Academic elected to International Board

    Posted on October 02, 2018

    Dr Thulani Makhalanyane, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology 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 America, and Australia. At 34...

  • 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...

  • Prof Don Cowan published his 300th paper

    Posted on June 25, 2018

    To add to Prof Don Cowan's accomplishments on the 6th of June 2018 he achieved his 300th publication. The paper titled “Temporal shifts of fungal communities in the rhizosphere and on tubers in potato fields” was accepted by the journal of Fungal Biology. Achieving 300 publications is...

  • Old Profs can still pipette!

    Posted on May 15, 2018

    In a pipetting competition held by Inqaba Biotech at the recent SASM conference, Prof demonstrated that despite years of office time, he still hasn't lost the art! The competition was to use 4 different pipettes, and pipette multiple volumes of water to a total of 2mL, into a pre-weighed...

  • African ISME Ambassadors Meeting

    Posted on April 12, 2018

    The African ISME Ambassadors Meeting was held during 1st-7th April across the Main Campus of the University of Pretoria and at Muldersdrift in conjunction with the South African Society of Microbiology meeting. The main activity was an ISME Ambassadors workshop with the ISME President, ISME...

  • 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...

  • THE GRI HOSTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SYMPOSIUM

    Posted on November 14, 2017

    THE GRI HOSTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SYMPOSIUM The Genomics Research Institute hosted another very successful symposium on Friday, 10 November at the Plant Sciences Auditorium at the University of Pretoria. In total, there were 21 speakers, 1 plenary and 1 keynote presentations. The GRI community...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dr Thulani Makhalanyane wins prize at the Mzansi's 100 awards

    Posted on August 29, 2017

    The Independent Media group of newspapers recently held its annual The Young Independents 100 Inspiring and Aspiring Leaders Awards, where Dr Thulani Makhalanyane was awarded one of the prizes.

  • Scientists study microbes in the desert for clues on climate change

    Posted on July 19, 2017

    Extreme conditions of the Namib Desert attract researchers from across the world eager to study its ecosystems and to find out more about life on other planets

  • Storme de Scally wins best MSC. Presentation at 13th South African Society for Systematic Biology Conference

    Posted on July 13, 2017

    Storme de Scally, an MSc. student from the University of Pretoria Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics was recently awarded the Best MSc. Presentation at the 13th South African Society for Systematic Biology (SASSB) Conference.The theme of the conference was "Celebrating Southern African...

  • CMEG bids farewell to one of its top researchers, Dr Angel Valverde

    Posted on July 04, 2017

    After a successful 5 year fellowship at the University of Pretoria Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, Dr Angel Valverde has moved to the University of the Free State.

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