Ms Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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I joined FABI in 2014 to study an Honours degree in Microbiology. My honours project focused on the detection of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) 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 further identified a QTL associated with growth of Fusrium circinatum.
In my PhD I will be sequencing 106 Fusarium circinatum genomes to use for a Genome Wide Association study.
- 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 (2017-2018).
- B.Sc (Hons) Genetics student Mancha Mabaso (2017).
- BSc Microbiology (3rd year) student Ropafadzai Jawa in the CTHB mentrship programme (2019)
- 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)
The Black Women in Science (BWIS) organisation hosted its first gala dinner on 6 April at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre. BWIS is a registered non-profit organisation which was founded in 2015 by current CEO, Ms Ndoni Mcunu and co-founder, Ms Mantombi Ngoloyi - PhD students at the University of Witwatersrand and Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, respectively. The gala dinner aimed to showcase the various projects carried out by BWIS fellows from Johannesburg and Durban throughout 2018. Membership to the BWIS can be obtained by either becoming its fellow or regular member at no cost. For more information on BWIS visit their website (https://bwiselement. Social Media pages: Facebook: https://www. Instagram: https://www. Twitter: https://twitter. Captions: Photo 1: Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry and Khumbuzile Bophela Photo 2: Ndoni Mcunu (BWIS: Founder and CEO) and Mantombi Ngoloyi (BWIS: co-founder) Photo 3: Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry (FABI, PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology), Elodie Ekoka (PhD student, University of Witwatersrand) and Khumbuzile Bophela (FABI, PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology) Photo 4: Elodie Ekoka, Mr Mmboneni Muofhe (Deputy Director-General: Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology), Khumbuzile Bophela and Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry Photo 5: Khumbuzile Bophela, Ndoni Mcunu, Elodie Ekoka and Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry Photo 6: Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry, Morongwa Khokhololo (BSc student at the University of Limpopo), Elodie Ekoka and Khumbuzile Bophela
Thirteen undergraduate students will get their first taste of life as researchers as mentees in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology’s undergraduate mentorship programme.
Late in 2018, 14 FABIans banded together for the mammoth task of inoculating and disease assessment of 6,360 Pinus patula seedlings with 159 Fusarium circinatum isolates.
The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) celebrated the end of another successful year of mentoring and outreach at its annual lunch on 29 October.
My Journal Articles
|Wingfield BD, Bills GF, Dong Y, Huang W, Nel WJ, Swalarsk-Parry BS, Vaghefi N, Wilken PM, An Z, de Beer ZW, De Vos L, Chen L, Duong TA, Gao Y, Hammerbacher A, Kikkert JR, Li Y, Li H, Li K, Li Q, Liu X, Ma X, Naidoo K, Pethybridge SJ, Sun J, Steenkamp ET, van der Nest M, van Wyk S, Wingfield MJ, Xiong C, Yue Q, Zhang X. (2018) IMA Genome-F 9 Draft genome sequence of Annulohypoxylon stygium, Aspergillus mulundensis, Berkeleyomyces basicola (syn. Thielaviopsis basicola), Ceratocystis smalleyi, two Cercospora beticola strains, Coleophoma cylindrospora, Fusarium fracticaudum, Phialophora cf. hyalina, and Morchella septimelata. IMA Fungus 9(1):199-223.