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Research Assistant

Department

Genetics
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I am currently working as a junior research assistant in the Forest Molecular Genetics (FMG) Programme. The focus of my research is on developing transgenic plants for the investigation of candidate genes that may play a role in the development of woody tissue or in plant defence against pathogen and pest challenge. I am therefore involved in the design and construction of transformation vectors, in conducting transformation experiments in organisms such as Arabidopsis, Populus and Eucalyptus, and performing functional characterization of biotechnologically important targets in these transformed plants.

 

As part of my position I also manage the new QuantStudioTM 12K Flex Real-Time PCR Platform funded by the NRF National Equipment Platform (NEP) Grant. The QuantStudioTM 12K Flex Real-Time PCR instrument uses real-time PCR chemistry to perform high-throughput gene expression and SNP genotyping profiling experiments. 

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Publication
Van der Linden L, Bredenkamp J, Naidoo S, Fouche-Weich J, Denby KJ, Genin S, Marco Y, Berger DK. (2013) Gene-for-Gene Tolerance to Bacterial Wilt in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 26:398-406. 10.1094/MPMI-07-12-0188-R