Ms Anneri Lötter

MSc student


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Primary Supervisor
Zander Myburg

Co Supervisor
Jill L. Wegrzyn
Tuan Duong
Eshchar Mizrachi

I did my undergraduate degree in Medical Science and my BScHons degree in Genetics. My BScHons project focused on using SNP markers to map the ancestry and the parental species from which chromosomal segments originate within second generation hybrids of Eucalyptus grandis and E. nitens. The aim of tracking such segments is to allow selection genomic segment associated traits of interest to breeders.

My MSc project is focused on assembly of phased reference genomes for two Eucalyptus species using a trio-binning approach. During my MSc I went on a research visit to the University of Connecticut to improve my genome assembly bioinformatics skills. My personal aim is to further improve my understanding of how haplotype and structural variants contribute to gene expression and the resulting phenotype in Eucalyptus, similar to recent studies in tomato. 

My current research project is focused on increasing the competitiveness of the South African Eucalyptus breeding industry by building a baseline for the implementation and exploration of improved breeding strategies. The aim of my project is to assemble the parental haplogenomes present in an F1 hybrid of E. urophylla E. grandis

MSc Genetics (2019-) - University of Pretoria

BScHons Genetics (2018) - University of Pretoria

BSc Medical Science (2014-2017) - University of Pretoria