Ms Elodie Ekoka
I obtained a BSc in Human Genetics, BSc(Hons) Genetics and MSc Genetics, all three degrees from the University of Pretoria. During this period, I was fortunate to work on different organisms including humans, phytopathogenic fungi (Chrysoporthe spp.) and haematophagous insect vectors (Culicoides spp.). I was also exposed to a wide range of molecular biology laboratory techniques such as in vitro RNAi, RT-qPCR, Western blot, Immunoprecipitation, molecular cloning or automated nucleotide sequencing.
In order to expand my laboratory skills and increase my scientific knowledge, I enrolled for a PhD (Genetics) at the same institution. My doctoral project aims to increase our current knowledge of the molecular biology underlying wood formation, since wood is an essential raw material for pulp, paper, furniture or even bio-energy production. Hence, during the study, I will combine bioinformatics, metabolomics, proteomics and functional genetics tools to identify and characterise novel genes/proteins which influence cellulose, hemicellulose or lignin biosynthesis during wood formation.