Ms Cassandra Schoeman

MSc student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Eshchar Mizrachi

I completed my BSc (Hons) in Genetics at the University of Pretoria, in the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) of FABI. My Honours project was titled “Effector proteins and their potential role in host specificity of Ceratocystis species”. The aim of this project was to determine if candidate effector proteins identified in two closely-related Ceratocystis species, C. fimbriata and C. manginecans, play a role in host specificity.

I am currently doing my Masters degree in Genetics, in the Forest Molecular Genetics (FMG) research group, under the primary supervision of Prof. Eshchar Mizrachi and co-supervision of Dr. Danielle Roodt. The title of my project is “Transcriptomic analysis of the nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterial-cycad symbiosis”. The focus of this project is to investigate the interactions involved in forming this ancient symbiosis, a relationship that is absent from all other gymnosperms.