Ms Julanie Stapelberg



MSc student

Department

FABI
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Primary Supervisor
Bridget Crampton

Co Supervisor
Robyn Roth

I am currently an MSc student in the Biotechnology programme at the University of Pretoria with a research project based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). My MSc is focused on the “development of an heterologous expression platform in indigenous South African algae” whereby I aim to screen, cultured indigenous South African algae isolates based on their growth rate, growth conditions and morphological characteristics. I will then also identify the green microalgal isolates through morphology and molecular techniques as well perform nuclear transformation on selected algal isolates.

 

 I obtained my BSc degree in Genetics at the University of Pretoria and then continued with my honours in Plant Sciences specialising in Biotechnology. My honours project included “the effect of natural tyrosinase inhibitors from plant extracts on tyrosinase gene expression”, which incorporated Plant Sciences, Genetics and Phytomedicine. This project studied the effect of novel African plant extracts on the gene expression of melanoma cells to prevent hyperpigmentation and its related ailments. Whilst doing my research I got incredibly interested in the production of secondary metabolites through plant cell tissue culture in bioreactors. I then further researched the use of green microalgae as a plant-based mechanism for protein production. 

Awards:

2018: UP Achievement Award

2017: Inqaba Biotechnology Industries (Pty) Ltd Prize for the best honours student in Biotechnology

2016: Magaretha Mes Prize for the best third year Plant Science Student

2015: UP Achievement Award

2015: Merit Honours Award 

2012: Half Colours – Academics

2012: Academics - Top 10 in Grade 12

2012: Received Trophy for top Advanced Programme English student

2012: Full Colours – President’s Award

2012: Full Colours – Penryn Community Award

2008: Gold for National Science Eskom Expo

 

Scholarships:

2018: NRF DST Innovation and Priority Research Areas Masters Scholarship

2018: Ernst and Ethel Trust bursary

2017: NRF DST Innovation and Priority Research Areas Masters Scholarship

2017: University of Pretoria Academic Excellence Postgraduate Research Bursary

2016: Magaretha Mes Prize for the best third year Plant Science Student

2016: National Research Fund- Grantholder linked

2015: Tuks Residence Bursary

2015: Sanparks Bursary

2015: Schoeman Karel Bursary

2015: Heyman Julius Bursary

2014: Sanparks Bursary

2014: S. Peinaar Bursary Fund

2013: Sanparks Bursary

 

 

 

 

 


 

Stapelberg J, Roth RL, Crampton MC, Crampton BG. 2018. Development of an Heterologous expression platform in Indigenous South African Microalgae. The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts. Seattle, USA. (Poster Presentation)

Stapelberg J, Roth RL, Crampton MC, Crampton BG. 2018. The Recombinant Protein Production Potential of South African Microalgae. The 31st Congress of the Phycological Society of Southern Africa. Hartbeespoort, South Africa. (Oral & Poster Presentation) 

 

 

 

 

 


2018: South African Genetics Society  

2018: Phycological Society of Southern Africa

2017-2018: FABI Social Club 

2013: Golden Key Society

 

 


News

FABIans Inspire at the Woodhill College Science Expo

The interaction of students with scientists could help inspire and shape their future.

FABIan presents at the 31st Congress of the Phycological Society of Southern Africa

The Phycological Society of Southern Africa held its 31st Annual Congress at Amazingwe Lodge at Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West Province from 14-17 July. The majority of talks revolved around macroalgae and their ecology and taxonomy across southern Africa. Julanie Stapelberg a MSc student from FABI - with a project based at the CSIR - presented both a poster and talk entitled “The recombinant protein production potential within South African Microalgae”. The conference included a large panel discussion on aquaculture, bioremediation and challenges faced in South Africa and how we could address these problems for a more promising future.

FABIan attends the 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts

FABI MSc student Julanie Stapelberg, attended the 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts in Seattle, USA from 11-13 June. Julanie say that although she knew microalgae was important but her eyes were opened at the future it has. After greenhouse gas emissions are reduced and polluted water is treated, the algae products themselves are extremely beneficial.