Ms Deanné Du Plessis



Department

Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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I was in the second year of my BSc: Genetics and Biochemistry degree when the opportunity to become part of the CTHB Mentorship Program arose. I joined FABI in 2018 as a mentorship student. During my two years in the program, I was mentored by Dr Markus Wilken and Ms Frances Lane. I love a challenge and Genetics was my favourite subject in my undergraduate degree. I am fascinated by the concept of gene control and its relevance to so many things that surround us.

Currently, I am completing my Honours degree in Genetics and the goal of my project is to functionally characterize the laccase gene of Leptographium wageneri, using CRISPER/CAS9 gene editing technology.

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Publication
Lane FA, Du Plessis D, Wingfield BD, Wilken PM. (2021) Transferring an Agrobacterium‐mediated transformation protocol across eight genera in the Ceratocystidaceae. Forest Pathology e12688 10.1111/efp.12688