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  • Exposing the secrets of desert extremophiles

    Posted on October 28, 2021

    Hardy cyanobacteria in the Namib Desert rely on rock shelters and opportunistic water consumption to safely carry out photosynthesis and survive.

  • 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 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...

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