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PhD student

Department

Genetics
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Primary Supervisor
Sanushka Naidoo

Co Supervisor
Zander Myburg
Bernard Slippers

I registered for a BSc Human Genetics degree at the University of Pretoria in 2006 and completed it in 2008. I then did a BSc (Honours) Genetics in 2009. My honours project focused on the epidemiology of the veterinary and medically important bacterium, Klebsiella pneumoniae under the supervision of Dr J Picard. I began my MSc study in 2010 when I joined the EPPI research group, under the supervision of Dr S Naidoo.

 

The focus of my project was to investigate the molecular interaction between Eucalyptus and the galling wasp, Leptocybe invasa. This wasp has become a devastating, global pest of Eucalyptus and there is poor understanding of the relationship between the two organisms. I used RNA sequencing to look at the transcriptomic responses of a resistant Eucalyptus clone following oviposition by the pest and used the information to propose a model of the interaction. I am currently completing  a PhD in this field.

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Publication
Oates CN, Denby KJ, Myburg AA, Slippers B, Naidoo S. (2016) Insect gallers and their plant hosts: From omics data to systems biology. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 17(11):1891. 10.3390/ijms17111891 PDF
Oates CN, Külheim C, Myburg AA, Slippers B, Naidoo S. (2015) The transcriptome and terpene profile of Eucalyptus grandis reveals mechanisms of defence against the insect pest, Leptocybe invasa. Plant & Cell Physiology 56(7):1418-1428. 10.1093/pcp/pcv064
Naidoo S, Külheim C, Zwart L, Mangwanda R, Oates CN, Visser EA, Wilken FE, Mamni TB, Myburg AA. (2014) Uncovering the defence responses of Eucalyptus to pests and pathogens in the genomics age. Tree Physiology 34(9):931-943. 10.1093/treephys/tpu075 PDF