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...
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 21, 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.
Fiyinfoluwa Adesioye won the Herman R. Branson, Pauling Poster Prize in New Orleans
Posted on June 02, 2017
Fiyinfoluwa Adesioye is a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics. Her work focuses on determining the crystal structure of a novel esterase from the Namib Desert.
SCIENTISTS SCRAMBLE TO UNDERSTAND THE INVISIBLE CREATURES AROUND US BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE
Posted on May 24, 2017
In southwestern Africa, a dozen scientists dig in the dirt. In a week, they’ve transected 100 miles of shifting sand dunes and flat gravel plains across the Namib Desert, one of the driest places on Earth. They’ve filled hundreds of small sandwich bags with soil along the way.
CMEG welcomes Prof Teresa Coutinho and her research group
Posted on May 23, 2017
Professor Don Cowan, Director of CMEG, and the rest of the CMEG team would like to welcome Professor Teresa Coutinho and her research group to CMEG.
CMEG welcomes new researcher Dr Karin Jordaan, winner of an Australia–Africa Postdoctoral award
Posted on May 23, 2017
The Australia Awards–Africa Program is an initiative funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The main objectives of this initiative are to contribute to the research capacity of South African tertiary institutions and to build long-term, sustainable links...