Ms Melandre Van Lill

MSc student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Fanus Venter

Co Supervisor
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 will continue to investigate and describe the diversity of Mesorhizobium species in South Africa. I will also investigate the rhizobial diversity associated with various woody legumes known to be bush encroachers.

  • MLB 111 (Molecular and cell biology, 2022)
  • MBY 262 (Food Microbiology, 2022)
  • MBY 365 (Microbe Interactions, 2022)


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.

In pursuit of tolerance to Ceratocystis wilt on Kiwi

FABI researchers have recently been undertaking intensive research to better understand a new and important disease of Kiwi fruit in South Africa.

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.