Professor Fourie Joubert


Department of Biochemistry

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Bioinformatics and Genomics 

Fourie Joubert was educated at the University of Pretoria, where he completed a PhD in Biochemistry in 2000.

He co-founded the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Unit in 2003. He was promoted to Professor at the beginning of 2012. He is currently the Director of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Unit, which has 5 staff members and around 18 post-graduate students.

He has an NRF C2-rating, and has published over 30 research papers and book chapters. He is a founding member of the South African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. 

IRT-related research projects

Fourie Joubert collaborates with Lizette Jansen van Rensburg on the exome sequencing of breast cancer using two approaches: The first approach to discover high penetrance variants in familial breast cancer, and the second to investigate variations between normal and tumour genomes within the same patient.


Key Publications

Collins, NE, Liebenberg, J, de Villiers, EP, Brayton, KA, Louw, E, Pretorius, A, Faber, FE, van Heerden, H, Josemans, A, van Kleef, M, Steyn, HC, van Strijp, MF, Zweygarth, E, Jongejan, F, Maillard, JC, Berthier, D, Botha, M, Joubert, F, Corton, CH, Thomson, NR, Allsopp, MT, Allsopp, BA. (2005) The genome of the heartwater agent Ehrlichiaruminantium contains multiple tandem repeats of actively variable copy number. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 102: 838-843

De Maayer, P, Chan, WY, Venter, SN, Toth, IK, Birch, PR, Joubert, F, Coutinho, TA (2010) The genome sequence of Pantoea ananatis LMG20103, the causative agent of Eucalyptus blight and dieback. J Bacteriol. 192: 2936-2937

Mizrachi, E, Hefer, CA, Ranik, M, Joubert, F and Myburg, AA (2010) De novo assembled expressed gene catalog of a fast-growing Eucalyptus tree produced by Illumina mRNA-Seq. BMC Genomics 11: 681-692


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