Professor Zeno Apostolides

Professor Zeno Apostolides

Department of Biochemistry

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 Metabolomics and genomics

Zeno Apostolides was matriculated from Pretoria Boys’ High School and completed his BSc, and MSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry degrees at the University of Pretoria. His DSc was partly at the University of Pretoria and University of Delaware in the USA. He leads the Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) group in the Department of Biochemistry. He has a passion for medicinal plants and identifying the best cultivars (chemotypes) for high-potency  health properties by metabolomic and genomic studies. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, and is the former editor of the International Journal of Tea Science.

Prof Apostolides was recently awarded an NRF rating of C2

GRI related research

Our current research is focused on identifying molecular markers for traits of agronomic importance in black and green tea (Camellia sinensis).

Key publications

R du Toit, Y Volsteedt, Z Apostolides (2001). Comparison of the antioxidant content of fruits, vegetables and teas measured as vitamin C equivalents, Toxicology 166 (1), 63-69.

LP Wright, NIK Mphangwe, HE Nyirenda, Z Apostolides (2002). Analysis of the theaflavin composition in black tea (Camellia sinensis) for predicting the quality of tea produced in Central and Southern Africa, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 82 (5), 517-525.

Mphangwe, N. I., Vorster, J., Steyn, J. M., Nyirenda, H. E., Taylor, N. J., & Apostolides, Z. (2013). Screening of Tea (Camellia sinensis) for Trait-Associated Molecular Markers. Applied biochemistry and biotechnology, (in press).

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