Mr Johannes Christoff Joubert
I began my BSc Biotechnology degree at the University of Pretoria in 2014 and graduated in 2016. I then joined FABI in 2017 where I began working on my BSc(Hons) Microbiology degree under the supervision of Dr. Almuth Hammerbacher. During my honours I conducted an extensive phenotypic investigation into the metabolisms of different members of the Ceratocystis fimbriata s.l., to determine whether the observed host specificity within this species complex is due to the differences in the metabolisms of these fungi. I also conducted a comparative genomic analysis to determine the genetic cause of these metabolic differences.
After I obtained my BSc(Hons) Microbiology degree I continued on at FABI and I am currently working on my MSc Zoology and Entomology degree under the supervision of Dr. Almuth Hammerbacher. My MSc Zoology and Entomology degree will be focusing on the host preference of Eucalyptus snout beetles (Gonipterus scutellatus) and identifying the metabolites responsible for the varying levels of resistance that different Eucalyptus species display toward these beetles.