Jean-Baptiste Ramond

Department of Genetics

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Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics

Dr Jean-Baptiste Ramond joined the University of Pretoria as a Research Fellow in the Department of Genetics in March 2013. Microbial ecologist by training (PhD graduation in 2008, Université de Rouen, France), Dr Ramond performs his research at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (Director: Prof DA Cowan), where he is currently leading/coordinating the “Namib Desert Microbial Ecology” research program.  J-B Ramond has published over 25 research articles and book chapters and has since 2015 a NRF Y2-rating.

GRI-related research

The research of J-B Ramond has essentially focused on barcoding, with fingerprinting and pyrosequencing molecular tools, microbial communities in various environments. It and is now shifting to genome and metagenome analyses of desert isolates and environments, respectively, following his association to the GRI.

Key Publications

  • Niche-partitioning of edaphic microbial communities in the Namib Desert gravel plain Fairy Circles (2014) J-B Ramond, A Pienaar, A Armstrong, M Seely, DA Cowan. PLOS ONE, 9: e109539.
  • Microbial Ecology of Hot Desert Edaphic Systems (2015) TP Makhalanyane, A Valverde, E Gunnigle, A Frossard, J-B Ramond, DA Cowan. FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 39: 203-221.
  • Metagenomes of extreme environments (2015) DA Cowan, J-B Ramond, TP Makhalanyane, P De Maayer. Current Opinion in Microbiology, 25: 97-102.
  • Draft genomic DNA sequence of the multi-resistant Sphingomonas sp. strain AntH11 isolated from an Antarctic hypolith (2015) E Gunnigle*, J-B Ramond*, LD Guerrero, TP Makhalanyane, DA Cowan. FEMS Microbiology Letters, fnv037. * : Contributed equally to the work
  • Water regime history drives responses of soil Namib Desert microbial communities to wetting events (2015) A Frossard, J-B Ramond, M Seely, DA Cowan. Scientific Reports, 5: 12263.
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