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PhD student

Department

Microbiology and Plant Pathology
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Primary Supervisor
Emma Steenkamp

Co Supervisor
Lieschen De Vos
Brenda Wingfield

I joined FABI in 2014 to study an Honours degree in Microbiology. My honours project focused on the detection of quantitative trait loci associated with different phenotypic traits of two important plant pathogens in the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex, Fusarium circinatum and Fusarium temperatum. For my MSc, I will further study these pathogens and quantify mating fitness.

  • B.Sc Microbiology from University of Pretoria (2010 - 2013).
  • B.Sc (Hons) Microbiology from Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria (2014). Project title: Detection of quantitative trait loci associated with various phenotypic traits in Fusarium circinatum and Fusarium temperatum. Supervisors: Prof Emma Steenkamp and Dr. Lieschen De Vos.
  • MSc in Microbiology from Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria (2015-2017). Dissertation title: Characterization of a growth QTL in Fusarium circinatum. Supervisors: Dr. Lieschen De Vos, Prof Emma Steenkamp, and Prof Brenda Wingfield. 
  • Ph.D. in Microbiology from Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria (2017- Ongoing). Thesis title: A CRISPR approach to studying genes involved in phenotypic traits of F. circinatum and F. temperatum. Supervisors: Prof Emma Steenkamp, Dr. Lieschen De Vos, and Prof Brenda Wingfield.

     


  • Tutor: Introduction to Microbiology (MBY 161) in 2014 at the Department of Microbiology, University of Pretoria.
  • Laboratory demonstrator: Mycology (MBY 261) in 2015-present at the Department of Microbiology, University of Pretoria.
  • Laboratory demonstrator: Bacteriology (MBY 251) in 2016 at the Department of Microbiology, University of Pretoria
  • Student mentor at the DST/NRF Centre for Tree Health and Biotechnology Mentorship Programme from 2015-present.

  • B.Sc genetics (2nd year) student Lindokuhle Nkambule in the CTHB mentorship programme (2015).
  • B.Sc genetics and biotechnology (3rd year) student Meta Leshabane in the CTHB mentorship programme (2016).
  • B.Sc  Biochemistry (2nd year) student Sade Magabotha in the CTHB mentorship programme (2017).
  • B.Sc (Hons) Genetics student Mancha Mabaso (2017).

  • Junior Tukkie Student Society (2012-2013)
    • Deputy student project Manager (2013)
  • Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender
    • HIV/AIDS Awareness and Education (2012)
    • HIV/AIDS counsellor at Student Clinic (2013)
  • CTHB Mentorship Programme Committee (2015-Present)
  • (TAG-C-TV) Take A Girl Child to Varsity (2016-Present)