Ms Tanya Welgemoed
I graduated with a BSc Biotechnology degree focusing on plant genetics at the University of Pretoria in 2015. I then also completed my Biotechnology Honours degree in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria (2016). Currently I am registered as a MSc student in Bioinformatics with a research project in the Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions (MPPI) research group in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria.
My research project is to identify the genes associated with a quantitative trait locus in maize that confers resistance against the foliar fungal disease gray leaf spot. I developed a bioinformatics pipeline to identify novel genes in RNA-seq data for my Honours project, and my current project is to refine the computational approach to be able to narrow down and validate candidate genes.
At the beginning of 2018, I visited the VIB - Center for Plant Systems Biology at Ghent University in Belgium for bioinformatics training in order to annotate and study the regulation of the potential candidate maize genes identified in my study.