Prof Bernard Slippers
FABI
Director of FABI

Prof Fanus Venter
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Professor in Microbiology

Prof Mike Wingfield
FABI
Founding Director of FABI

Prof Irene Barnes
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Senior Lecturer
Prof Martin Coetzee
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Professor
Prof Wilhelm de Beer
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Professor
Dr Tuan Duong
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Senior Lecturer
Dr Gerda Fourie
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Senior Lecturer
Dr Almuth Hammerbacher
Zoology and Entomology
Senior Lecturer
Prof Brett Hurley
Zoology and Entomology
Associate Professor
Prof Emma Steenkamp
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Professor
Acting Director
Prof Noelani van den Berg
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Prof Albe van der Merwe
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Professor
Dr Markus Wilken
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Lecturer
Prof Brenda Wingfield
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
DST / NRF SARChI Chair in Fungal Genomics

Dr Lieschen De Vos
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Fahimeh Jami
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Research Fellow
Dr Trudy Paap
FABI
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Neriman Yilmaz
FABI
Research Fellow
Team member

Dr Wubetu Bihon
FABI
Extra-ordinary Lecturer
Dr ShuaiFei Chen
FABI
Extra-ordinary Lecturer
Prof Pedro Crous
FABI
Associate Professor
Dr Jeff Garnas
Zoology and Entomology
Senior Lecturer
Prof Stefan Neser
Zoology and Entomology
Extra-ordinary Professor
Prof Jolanda Roux
Plant and Soil Sciences
Professor
Dr Magriet van der Nest
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology

Mr Morne Booij-Liewes
FABI
Communications Officer and IUFRO President's Liaison Officer
Ms Samantha Bush
FABI
Research Assistant
Ms Heidi Fysh
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Database Administrator
Ms Pritty Khumalo
FABI
Senior Laboratory technician
Dr Seonju Marincowitz
FABI
Research fellow & Curator
Ms Zandile Mngadi
FABI
Research Assistant at the Biological control centre (Experimental farm)
Ms Valentina Nkosi Nkosi
FABI
Laboratory technician
Mr Celani Nkosi
FABI
Junior Research Assistant
Ms Alisa Postma
Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Research assistant
Ms Smeetha Singh
FABI
Project Coordinator & Research Manager
Ms Lydia Twala
FABI
Laboratory Technician
Ms Madelein van Heerden
FABI
Personal Assistant to Prof MJ Wingfield

Dr Chrizelle Beukes
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Tanay Bose
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Gabrielle Carstensen
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Gudrun Dittrich-Schroder
Zoology and Entomology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ms Katrin Fitza
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Arista Fourie
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Felix Fru
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Mesfin Gossa
Zoology and Entomology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Aquillah Kanzi
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr FeiFei Liu
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Osmond Mlonyeni
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Esther Muema
FABI
Postdoctoral Fellow
Mr Jan Nagel
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow PhD Student
Dr Caryn Oates Oates
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Quentin Santana
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Mohammad Sayari
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Michelle Schroder
Zoology and Entomology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Melissa Simpson
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Andi Wilson Wilson
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ms Omotayo Adegeye
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Juanita Avontuur
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Annie Chan
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Firehiwot Eshetu
FABI
PhD student
Ms Caitlin Gevers
Zoology and Entomology
PhD student
Ms Ginna M. Granados
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Minette Havenga
FABI
PhD student PhD candidate
Mr Darryl Herron
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Mr Joey Hulbert
Plant and Soil Sciences
PhD student
Ms JieQiong Li
FABI
PhD student
Ms Angel Maduke
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Mr Mkhululi Maphosa
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Angelica Marsberg-De Villiers
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Mr Sicelo Masuku
FABI
PhD student
Ms Mandy Messal
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Rachel Mkandawire
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Deborah Narh Mensah
FABI
PhD student
Mr Nam Pham
FABI
PhD student
Ms Mmatshepho Phasha
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Gina Shin
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Ariska van der Nest
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Stephanie van Wyk
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student

Ms Leandri Bezuidenhoudt
FABI
MSc student
Mr Johnathan Bredenkamp
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student
Mr Ricu Claassens
FABI
MSc student Student
Mr Shawn Fell
FABI
MSc student
Ms Granny Hlongwane
FABI
MSc student
Ms Rosa Knoppersen
Zoology and Entomology
MSc student
Ms Frances Lane
FABI
MSc student
Ms Teboho Letsoalo
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student
Ms Kira Lynn
FABI
MSc student
Mr Lazarus Mavima
FABI
MSc student Student
Mr Thapelo Mokgale Maboko
FABI
MSc student
Ms Emeldah Rikhotso
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student
Ms Taponeswa Tasiya
FABI
MSc student

Ms Vinolia Danki
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
CTHB/TPCP Intern

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New Publications

Musvuugwa T, De Beer ZW, Dreyer LL, Duong T, Marincowitz S, Oberlander KC, Roets F. (2020) New ophiostomatoid fungi from wounds on storm-damaged trees in Afromontane forests of the Cape Floristic Region. Mycological Progress 19(1):81-95. 10.1007/s11557-019-01545-8
Nagel J, Cruywagen EM, Machua J, Wingfield MJ, Slippers B. (2020) Highly transferable microsatellite markers for the genera Lasiodiplodia and Neofusicoccum. Fungal Ecology 44:100903. 10.1016/j.funeco.2019.100903
Rauf MRBA, McTaggart AR, Marincowitz S, Barnes I, Japarundin Y, Wingfield MJ. (2020) Pathogenicity of Chrysoporthe deuterocubensis and Myrtoporthe bodenii gen. et sp. nov. on Eucalyptus in Sabah, Malaysia. Plant Pathology 49(1):53-64. 10.1007/s13313-019-00676-6
Guo Y, Hunziker L, Mesarich CH, Chettri P, Dupont PY, Ganley RJ, McDougal RL, Barnes I, Bradshaw RE. (2020) DsEcp2-1 is a polymorphic effector that restricts growth of Dothistroma septosporum in pine. Fungal Genetics and Biology 135:103300. 10.1016/j.fgb.2019.103300
Aylward J, Havenga M, Dreyer LL, Roets F, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2020) Genomic characterization of mating type loci and mating type distribution in two apparently asexual plantation tree pathogens. Plant Pathology 69:28-37. 10.1111/ppa.13094 PDF