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Department

Genetics
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I joined the Forest Molecular Genetics (FMG) Research Programme at the University of Pretoria in 2004 as an undergraduate assistant and continued in the group for the duration of my postgraduate career. In 2009 I completed an M.Sc. degree in Genetics, investigating the effect on xylogenesis of overexpressing the Eucalyptus grandis Cellulose Synthase 1 (EgrCesA1) gene in the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana; thereafter I worked as Research Assistant in the DNA Fingerprinting Team and Research Administrator for FMG.  In 2012, I became more involved in research related to my personal interest in population genetics and genomics. I am currently the Project Coordinator for genomic selection and marker assisted breeding projects at FMG.  In this capacity, I manage all single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping projects and coordinate downstream applications in genomic selection and marker-assisted breeding.  In future, I hope to contribute to a population-wide genomics study by in-depth analysis of genome sequences representative of the Eucalyptus dunnii population.