Mr Riaan Swanepoel
I started studying at the University of Pretoria in 2010 and graduated with a degree in Genetics in 2013. For my honours project in Bioinformatics, I characterized the gene structure and transcript diversity of 9 hymenopteran species in order to determine whether the evolution of eusociality and the increase of pathogenic pressures had a selective pressure on the diversity of immune related genes.
For my masters project, I am attempting to assess and optimize the various components of de novo transcriptome assembly in non-model organisms and assessing their effects on the quality of the de novo assembled transcriptomes. This project aims to provide an optimised SOP for assembling de novo transcriptomes and the assessment of these transcriptome.