Prof. Armanda Bastos


BSc Zoology & Genetics, University of Pretoria

BSc (Hons) Genetics, University of Pretoria

MSc Genetics, University of Pretoria

PhD Microbiology, University of Pretoria





Office: 3-15.2, First Floor, Zoology Building

Phone: +27 (0)12 420-4612

Email: [email protected]

Researcher ID: B6357-2009

Molecular Epidemiology and Zoology (MEZ)

My research focuses on the epidemiology of infectious diseases of wildlife and incorporates molecular approaches to determine origin, persistence and spread of diseases of animal and public health concern. Integral to many projects is the custom development of molecular methods that address the high levels of host and pathogen diversity in sub-Saharan Africa and the generation of baseline data that facilitate formulation of regionally-relevant, conservation-cognisant disease control policies. Current research focusses on (i) the ecology and diversity of a broad range of viral and bacterial, vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, and (ii) on the molecular taxonomy and population genetics of diverse African fauna.


Postdoctoral researchers


Charlene Clarke


Dr Pim van Hooft

Dr Helene Brettschneider

Dr Darren Pietersen


Postgraduate students


Candice de Waal. PhD in Zoology

Rua Khogali. PhD in Entomology

Elsa Lameira. PhD in Veterinary Science

Cynthia Mapendere. PhD in Zoology

Rivalani Mthombeni. PhD in Zoology

Olanrewaju Adekunle. MSc in Entomology

Jessica Bucciarelli. MSc in Zoology

Erin Davis. MSc in Zoology

Kondwani Kachali. MSc in Entomology

Jacqueline McTamney. MSc in Veterinary Science

Stuart Neilon. MSc in Zoology

Keaton Rea. MSc in Zoology

Vanessa van Meer. MSc in Zoology

Thando Veto. MSc in Tropical Animal Health



Baratang Lubisi. PhD in Zoology (2023)

Edwin Ogola. PhD in Zoology (2023)

Liezl Retief. PhD in Zoology (2023)

Jordan Netherlands. MSc in Environmental Ecology (2023)

Onkgopotse Seabi. MSc in Entomology (2023)

Faith Ebhodaghe. PhD in Entomology (2022)

Stuart Neilon. BSc Hons in Zoology (2022) 

Tatenda Chiuya. PhD in Zoology (2021)

Erin Davis. BSc (Hons) in Zoology (2021)

Keaton Rea. BSc (Hons) in Zoology (2021)

Vanessa van Meer. BSc (Hons) in Zoology (2021)

Kayla Denbeigh. BSc (Hons) in Zoology (2020)

Ms Jordan Netherlands. BSc (Hons) in Zoology (2020)

Luiza Hatyoka. PhD in Zoology (2020)

Sean Heighton. MSc in Zoology (2019)

Roanda Jacobs. MSc in Veterinary Science (2019)

Sheila B Agha. PhD in Entomology (2018)

Penda Muteka. PhD in Zoology (2018)

Darren Pietersen PhD in Zoology (2018)

Rivalani Mthombeni. MSc in Zoology (2018)

Chane Alfaiate. BSc (Hons) in Zoology (2018)

Onkgopotse Seabi. BSc (Hons) in Entomology (2018)

Carin Boshoff. PhD in Zoology (2017)

Liezl Retief. MSc in Zoology (2017)

Mungo Ngalameno. MSc in Zoology (2017)

Asiashu Lithole. MSc in Zoology (2016)

Stacey de Souza. BSc (Hons) in Zoology (2016)

Sean Heighton. BSc (Hons) in Zoology (2016)

Dewald Kleynhans. BSc (Hons) in Zoology (2016)

James van Sandwyk. PhD in Zoology (2014)

Anja le Grange. MSc in Zoology (2014)

Tonny Kabuuka. MSc in Veterinary Science (2014)

Liezl Retief. BSc (Hons) in Zoology (2014)

David Tchouassi. PhD in Entomology (2013)

Folorunso Fasina. PhD in Zoology (2013)

Rolanda Julius. MSc in Zoology (2013)

Cornell Korthoeven. MSc in Zoology (2013)

Christiaan van Niekerk. BSc(Hons) in Zoology (2013)

Tsungai Zengeya. PhD in Zoology (2012)

Gert Grobler. PhD in Entomology (2012)

Candice Eadie. MSc in Zoology (2012)

Helene Brettschneider. PhD in Zoology (2011)

Elmarie Mostert. MSc in Zoology (2010)

Vongani Maboko. MSc in Zoology (2009)

Yolandi van der Merwe. MSc in Entomology (2008)

Lucas Chauke. MSc in Zoology (2008)

Taryn Bright. BSc(Hons) in Zoology (2008)

Candice Eadie. BSc(Hons) in Zoology (2008)

Darren Pietersen. BSc(Hons) in Zoology (2008)

Ben Greyling. PhD in Zoology (2007)

Georgies Mgode. MSc in Zoology (2007)

Lia Rotherham. MSc in Zoology (2007)

James van Sandwyk. MSc in Zoology (2007)

Celia Abolnik. PhD in Zoology (2006)

Helene Brettschneider. MSc in Entomology (2006)

Adrian Tordiffe. MSc in Mammalogy (2006)

Catherine Sole. PhD in Entomology (2005)

Lindie Janse van Rensburg. PhD in Entomology (2005)

Baratang Alison Lubisi. MSc in Zoology (2005)

Kirsty Brebner. MSc in Mammalogy (2003)

Oumou Sangare. PhD in Veterinary Science (2002)

Magali Jacquier. MSc in Mammalogy (2002)

Luke Arnot. MSc in Mammalogy (2002)


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