Professor Brenda Wingfield

 Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

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Fungal Genomics and Population Genetics  

Brenda Wingfield attended school in Zimbabwe, obtained her BSc in Pietermaritzburg, her B.Sc. Med.(Hons) at UCT, her Masters at the University of Minnesota and her PhD from the University of Stellenbosch. 

She has held research and lecturing positions at UCT, Stellenbosch and the University of the Free State.  She is currently Professor of Genetics and Deputy Dean at the University of Pretoria. 

Prof Wingfield has an NRF A2-rating and has published more than 300 research papers and trained 40 Masters and 40 PhD students.  She is the Chairperson of the National Science and Technology Forum. 




IRT-related research 

Prof Wingfield leads a research programme focused on tree pathogenic fungi within the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme and the NRF/DST Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology. Her research focus is in fungal population genetics and genomics. This includes research on genetic variation within and between species. In 2009 Prof Wingfield spearheaded the sequencing of the first fungal genome in Africa, the pitch canker pathogen Fusarium circinatum. 


Key Publications

Pérez, G, Slippers, B, Wingfield, BD, Hunter, GC, Wingfield, MJ (2010) Micro- and macrospatial scale analyses illustrates mixed mating strategies and extensive geneflow in populations of an invasive haploid pathogen.  Molec Ecol. 19: 1801-1813

Martin, SH, Wingfield, BD, Wingfield, MJ, Steenkamp, ET (2011)  Causes and consequences of variability in peptide mating pheromones of ascomycete fungi.  Molec Biol Evol. 28: 1987–2003

Wingfield BD, et al. (2012) First fungal genome sequence from Africa:  SA J Sci. 108: [1/2]


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