Ms Melandre Van Lill

PhD student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Fanus Venter

Co Supervisor
Chrizelle Beukes
Emma Steenkamp

I joined FABI in 2019 as a CPHB mentorship student in the second year of my undergraduate degree and continued with my honours in Microbiology in 2021, under the supervision of Prof Venter and Prof Steenkamp. During my honours I studied the diversity of Mesorhizobium strains associated with the indigenous South African legumes, Vachellia karroo and Lessertia diffusa. For my Masters, I continued my work on studying the diversity of rhizobia associated with various bush encroaching legumes that threaten the Savanna ecosystem of South Africa.


For my Ph.D. I am focusing on the evolution of various rhizobia at a species, genus and family level. I am also involved as a curator on the SeqCode registry, an alternative nomenclatural Code that enables genomes to serve as nomenclatural types. Besides my academic ventures, I am also involved in the CPHB-FABI mentorship program and other community outreach initiatives. 

  • MLB 111 (Molecular and cell biology, 2022-2024)
  • MBY 262 (Food Microbiology, 2022)
  • MBY 365 (Microbe Interactions, 2022, 2023)
  • Joint techniques course for honours students (2023, 2024)

CPHB Mentorship Program Coordinator (2023-2024)


Easter Tea fun at FABI

The FABI Social Club went all-out to ensure the Easter Tea on 4 April was a resounding success.

FABI celebrates 25 years of excellence

FABI celebrated its 25th anniversary at a symposium hosted at Future Africa on the morning of 17 November.

Easter tea at FABI

FABI’s traditional monthly Tea party returned on 20 April after a 26-month COVID-induced hiatus.

It’s all about what we Love on Valentine’s Day

FABI celebrated love on Valentine’s Day with a fun photo competition and movie night where FABIans could enjoy watching some romantic movies.

TPCP/CPHB strategic planning 2022

The Management Committee of CPHB and TPCP met for two days of intensive discussions prior to being met by all students and staff for a report back session.

Phyloge-Know-Its take gold in the FABI Quiz Night

FABI’s popular online Quiz Night had 12 teams battling for honours once again on 25 July.

Export to RIS
Van Lill M, Venter SN, Muema EK, Palmer M., Beukes CW, Chan WY, Steenkamp ET. (2024) SeqCode facilitates naming of South African rhizobia left in limbo. Systematics and Applied Microbiology 47(2-3):126504. 10.1016/j.syapm.2024.126504 PDF