Ms Luki-Marie Scheepers
I graduated with a Biochemistry degree in 2017, and completed my Honours in Chemistry in 2017. It was in this time that I was exposed to the world of chromatography and structural elucidation of extracted compounds that brought me closer to newer separation and structure determining techniques. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Chemical Ecology.
My research is focused on the Eucalyptus snout beetle, Gonipterus scutellatus, to find pheromones with GC- EAD (Gas Chromatography and Electroantennography) methods. Later on, these pheromones will be structurally elucidated to be used in the development of a pheromone blend for the trapping of the pest in Eucalypt plantations.
Even though my MSc is focused on the chemistry part of the ecological importance of pheromones from Gonipterus beetles, I have always loved biological systems. Human cell biology holds a special place in my heart, and I hope to encounter some research in this field in the future.
My interests in fields other than academics, include playing the violin and cello. I have been part of the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Pretoria since 2015.