Ms Tanya Welgemoed
I graduated with a BSc Biotechnology degree focusing on plant genetics at the University of Pretoria. I then also completed my Biotechnology Honours degree in the Plant and Soil Sciences department at the University of Pretoria. Currently I am registered as a MSc student in Bioinformatics with a research project in the MPPI research group.
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.