Mr Hamish Craze

MSc student


Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
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Primary Supervisor
Dave Berger

Co Supervisor
Fourie Joubert

I am currently an MSc Bioinformatics student at the Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology. I am also a member of the Molecular-Plant Pathogen Interactions (MPPI) group in FABI which is run by Professor Dave Berger. MPPI focuses primarily on investigating fungal foliar disease of maize such as Grey Leaf Spot (GLS). As illustrated by my own project, research in MPPI is not limited to just GLS.

My MSc project focuses on using Machine Learning as a tool to correctly identify foliar diseases in maize given some image data. The aim here is eventually to develop a point of care system that local farmers can use to obtain highly accurate, cheap and instant identification of diseased plants in-field. Whereas, beforehand, this could prove quite costly requiring experts to travel to the field in question and local farmers accruing unnecessary expenses and perhaps losing valuable time. My project is also relevant to high throughput crop phenotyping (Phenomics), by speeding up the rate at which researchers can classify and analyse disease data.

Previously, I completed my undergraduate with a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology, Genetics and Psychology.  Then, I undertook an Honours in Bioinformatics  which consisted of generating the infrastructure necessary to house and maintain the repository of handcrafted datasets that would be required to train future Machine Learning algorithms.