Ms Katlego Kopotsa
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
I am currently a Doctoral candidate in the Microbiology Division of the Department Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria. My research project focuses on the nitrogen-fixing symbionts of legume plants (i.e., rhizobia) and more specifically soybean (Glycine max), as such my study falls within the scope of the Grain Research Programme at FABI. I am identifying and characterizing those rhizobia found in effective soybean nodules in South African fields by means of molecular analyses. I hope to provide a clearer picture of the rhizobial diversity associated with this introduced legume crop in the field.
I also completed my master’s degree in medical microbiology at the University of Pretoria. My MSc project focused on Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in South African hospitals.
Prof. Dave Berger presented in the genome editing session of the recent Science Forum South Africa 2021, where he gave an overview of current research in the field in South Africa.