PhD student


Microbiology and Plant Pathology
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I am a Cameroonian doing my PhD studies at the University of Protoria. I did my undergraduate in Biochemistry at the University of Buea, Cameroon; my Masters in Biological Sciences at New Mexico Highlands University, NM, USA. My Msc project focused on antibiotic resistance patterns of the enteric pathogens, E. coli and Salmonella spp in northern New Mexico. I am currently doing my PhD in Prof. TA Coutinho and Prof. SN Venter's research group. My research project focuses on determining the role of the Type VI secretion system in Pantoea ananatis.

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Sibanda S, Theron J, Shyntum DY, Moleleki LN, Coutinho TA. (2016) Characterization of two LuxI/R homologs in Pantoea ananatis LMG 2665 T. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 62(11):893-903. 10.1139/cjm-2016-0143
Shyntum D, Theron J, Moleleki L, Toth I, Venter SN, Coutinho TA. (2015) Pantoea ananatis utilizes a type VI secretion system for pathogenesis and bacterial competition. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 28(4):420-431. 10.1094/MPMI-07-14-0219-R
Shyntum DY, Venter SN, Moleleki LN, Toth I, Coutinho TA. (2014) Comparative genomics of type VI secretion systems in strains of Pantoea ananatis from different environments. BMC Genomics 15:163. 10.1186/1471-2164-15-163