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MSc student

Department

Microbiology and Plant Pathology
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I graduated from University of Venda with BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology in 2011. I then enrolled for BSc(Hons) in Microbiology in 2012 as a member of HIV/AIDS and Global Health Research Programme (HAGH). My Honours project focused on the synthesis of complete HIV GagPol gene and modification of pCMV-RRE vector for drug resistance testing.

I am currently doing my MSc degree under the supervision of Dr. L.N Moleleki. My research involves comparative analysis of Diguanylate cyclases (DGCs) and Phosphodiesterases (PDEs) in Pectobacterium species. These enzymes are responsible for synthesis and degradation of c-di-GMP, a secondary messenger for biofilm formation in bacteria. The focus of my work is to determination of the role of DGCs and PDCs in the pathogenesis of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. bransiliensis (Pcb).