Ms Kayla Alexis Midgley

MSc student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Velushka Swart

Co Supervisor
Noelani van den Berg

I am currently a MSc Genetics student. I Graduated BSc Biotechnology at The University of Pretoria in 2019. I then went on to complete a BScHons Genetics in 2020 with the Hans Merensky Avocado Research Program. My honours project involved the validation of Phytophthora cinnamomi Crinkler genes, and investigating their expression during infection of avocado.

My Masters research will involve further investigation of the expression profiles of P. cinnamomi Crinkler genes in resistant and susceptible rootstocks. I also aim to characterize these Crinkler genes and the role they play in suppressing the host immune system or inducing host cell death during the biotrophic or necrotrophic phases of P. cinnamomi.

Midgley, K.A., Backer, R., Swart, V. & Van den Berg, N., 2021. Characterising the role of Phytophthora cinnamomi CRN effectors in host plant cell death. South African Society for Bioinformatics – South Africa Genetics Society, September 2021.