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Dr Henriette van Heerden

BSc (UOVS) BSc Hons (UOVS) MSc (UOVS) PhD (Pret)
Senior Lecturer: Molecular Biology

Dr Henriette van Heerden

Office
Room 2-11
Paraclinical Building

Telephone
+ 27 12 529 8265

Email
[email protected]

Biography

Henriette van Heerden (née Britz) obtained a PhD at the University of Pretoria (UP) where after she joined the ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute and worked on the Heartwater programme that completed the sequencing of the entire 1.51 Mb genome of Ehrlichia ruminantium.  She started her academic career in the department of Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2003. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases (DVTD) at UP since January 2008.  At DVTD she is part of research projects in zoonotic diseases, primarily focusing on anthrax and brucellosis.  The projects are predominantly focused on bacterial zoonotic diseases with a specific emphasis on the epidemiology and diagnosis of diseases such as Brucella Ispecies and Bacillus anthracis as well asvaccine development. The aim is to improve the capability to understand, detect and control these diseases in wildlife and livestock. The strategies range from serological approaches to using genomic data to develop molecular diagnostic tools and markers.

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Professional and academic experience

  • 7 years experience as researcher
  • 4 years experience as lecturer

Subjects taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels

Molecular Biology

Research interests

Epidemiology, molecular diagnostics, recombinant vaccine development, epidemiology, phylogeny

Postgraduate Students

Graduated students at UP


Name of student

Degree/Title of dissertation/ thesis

Supervisor

Co-supervisor(s)

B. Gaspar
(Masters coursework with dissertation)

M.Sc (Veterinary Tropical Diseases)
Determining the status of Brucella canis  in dogs in Maputo region in Mozambique using various techniques

Dr. H. van Heerden

Prof. J. Godfroid

A. Hassim
(Masters research)

M. Sc (Veterinary Science)
Molecular characterization of Bacillus anthracis in southern Africa

Dr. H. van Heerden

Dr. J. Rossouw

C. Gomo
(Masters Research)

M.Sc (Veterinary Science)
Characterisation of Brucella species in Zimbabwe

Dr. H. van Heerden

 

S.L. Chisi
(Masters coursework with dissertation)

M.Sc (Veterinary Tropical Diseases)
Evaluation of the performance of serological tests in the diagnosis of bovine brucellosis in Kwa-Zulu natal in naturally infected cattle

Dr. H. van Heerden

 

O. C. Ndumnego

M.Sc (Veterinary Science)
Comparative studies on immunogenicity and protectivity of a live spore Bacillus anthracis vaccine vs. recombinant peptide and DNA vaccine in goats

Dr. H. van Heerden

Dr. W. Beyer
Dr. J.E. Crafford

M.B. Ledwaba

M.Sc (Veterinary Science)
Molecular characterization of Bacillus anthracis and Brucella species isolated from southern Africa

Dr H van Heerden

Me. A. Hassim

K. E. Lekota

Polyphasic and genome characterization of Bacillus species from anthrax outbreaks in animals in South Africa and Lesotho

Dr. H van Heerden

Dr. E. Madaroba
Dr. F. Muchadeyi
Dr. J Mafofo

Current postgraduate students


Name of student

Degree enrolled for

Proposed project title

Supervisor

Co-supervisor(s)

J. Burumu

Web-based M.Sc

Following Brucella DNA detection in seropositive animals until gestation

Dr. H van Heerden

Dr. C. Gomo

A. Hassim

Ph.D

Distribution and characterization of Bacillus anthracis and bacteriophages in South Africa

Dr. H van Heerden

Dr. W. Beyer

Dr. O. C. Ndumnego

M.Sc

Comparative studies on immunogenicity and protectivity of a live spore Bacillus anthracis vaccine vs. recombinant peptide and DNA vaccine in goats and mice

Dr. H. van Heerden

Dr. W. Beyer

L. Basson

M.Sc

The role of flies and free living amoebae as potential vectors of
Bacillus anthracis in South Africa.

Dr. H. van Heerden

Dr. J. Rossouw
Dr. W. Beyer

B. Weyers

Web-based M.Sc

 

Dr. H. van Heerden

 

P.H. Phaswana

M.Sc

Model to test protection against anthrax: Comparative studies on the immunological response of the live spore anthrax vaccine in goats and monitoring through passive protection test in mice

Dr. H. van Heerden

Dr. O.C. Ndumnego

M. B. Ledwaba

Ph.D

Isolation and characterization of Brucella in cattle herds in South Africa

Dr. H van Heerden

Dr. J Crafford

M.A. Maputle

M.Sc

Development of multiple serological and molecular assays for Bacillus anthracis

Dr. H van Heerden

 

C. van Niekerk

M.Sc

Assessing and monitoring vulture populations in Kruger National Park and the role they play in the anthrax life cycle.

Dr. H. van Heerden

Dr. L. van Schalkwyk
Dr. A. Botha

S. Goolab

Ph.D

 

Dr. H. van Heerden

Dr. M. Crampton
Sr. R. Roth
Dr. A. Botha

A. Buys

Ph.D

Development and evaluation of a multicomponent clostridial and non-clostridial vaccine for the active immunization of sheep

Dr. H. van Heerden

Dr. J. Crafford

Research output/publications

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NRF rating

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