Dr Kershney Naidoo
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Over the past decade I have played an active role in genomics research. I was awarded a PhD (Genetics) degree in 2013 whilst concurrently being employed at the Genetics department as academic support staff and thus understand the need for academic advancement in a tertiary environment. I worked towards this goal by facilitating undergraduate modules at a practical and academic level. I have mentored many under- and postgraduate students whilst pursuing my own research. I was appointed as an academic staff member in early 2015. I have published in internationally recognized journals and have successfully secured funding to further enhance my research programme.
As a young lecturer, I believe I have the ability to make the greatest impact on the future scientists of our country. I currently lecture the largest service entry module offered by five Biological Sciences departments in our Faculty, Molecular and Cellular Biology, with an enrollment of ~1400 students. My passion for lecturing in the field of Genetics goes beyond a lecture hall. I always encourage science communication and community engagement as it is our duty as researchers to inspire and stimulate young minds. I strive to maintain the highest teaching quality and excellence.
I chaired the Centre of Excellence for Tree Health and Biotechnology (CTHB) Mentorship programme for five years and gained invaluable experience working with students from diverse backgrounds. It is our responsibility to empower and inspire the young generation, to challenge critical thinking and learn to solve problems both domestic and internationally in ways that lends itself to a sustainable growth. I continue to mentor postgraduate students directly through my research programme.
I place a high value on scientific communication and engagement, most especially with the learners in our country. I represent the Genetics department in the UP with Science programme which aims to engage and encourage science development and communication. I lead talks about the “fun in science research” to school groups and have participated in the National SciFest programme. I am responsible for the department’s display at the UP Open Day, where many potential student enrolments to the Natural and Agricultural Sciences are received. These levels of engagement has focused me to what is current to learners, what grasps their attention (e.g. social networking platforms), to what enthuses them to become scientists and ultimately ensure that they in turn inspire future generations.
My Journal Articles
|Wingfield BD, Berger DK, Steenkamp ET, Lim H-J, Duong TA, Bluhm BH, De Beer ZW, De Vos L, Fourie G, Naidoo K, Olivier NA, Lin Y, Van der Peer Y, Joubert F, Crampton BG, Swart V, Soal N, Tatham C, Van der Nest MA, Van der Merwe NA, Van Wyk S, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ. (2017) IMA Genome-F 8 Draft genome of Cercospora zeina, Fusarium pininemorale, Hawksworthiomyces lignivorus, Huntiella decipiens and Ophiostoma ips. IMA Fungus 8 (2):385‑396.
|Wingfield BD, Duong TA, Hammerbacher A, van der Nest MA, Wilson A, Chang R, de Beer ZW, Steenkamp ET, Wilken PM, Naidoo K, Wingfield MJ. (2016) IMA Genome-F 7 Draft genome sequences for Ceratocystis fagacearum, C. harringtonii, Grosmannia penicillata, and Huntiella bhutanensis. IMA Fungus 7(2):317-323.
|Wingfield BD, Ambler JM, Coetzee MPA, De Beer ZW, Duong TA, Joubert F, Hammerbacher A, McTaggart AR, Naidoo K, Nguyen HDT, Ponomareva E, Santana QS, Seifert KA, Steenkamp ET, Trollip C, Van der Nest MA, Visagie CM, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ, Yilmaz N. (2016) IMA Genome-F 6: Draft genome sequences of Armillaria fuscipes, Ceratocystiopsis minuta, Ceratocystis adiposa, Endoconidiophora laricicola, E. polonica and Penicillium freii DAOMC 242723. IMA Fungus 7(1):217-227.
|van der Nest MA, Wingfield MJ, Wilken PM, Coetzee MPA, Naidoo K, Roodt D, Sauerman E, Godlonton T, Trollip C, McTaggart AR, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield BD. (2015) Saprophytic and pathogenic fungi in the Ceratocystidaceae differ in their ability to metabolize plant-derived sucrose. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15:273.
|Wingfield BD, Barnes I, De Beer ZW, De Vos L, Duong TA, Kanzi AM, Naidoo K, Nguyen HDT, Santana QC, Sayari M, Seifert KA, Steenkamp ET, Trollip C, Van der Merwe N, Van der Nest MA, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Draft genome sequences of Ceratocystis eucalypticola, Chrysoporthe cubensis, C. deuterocubensis, Davidsoniella virescens, Fusarium temperatum, Graphilbum fragrans, Penicillium nordicum, and Thielaviopsis musarum. IMA Fungus 6(2):493-506.
|Van der Nest MA, Beirn LA, Crouch JA, Demers JE, De Beer ZW, De Vos L, Gordon TR, Moncalvo JM, Naidoo K, Sanchez-Ramirez S, Roodt D, Santana QC, Slinksi SL, Stata M, Taerum SJ, Wilken PM, Wilson AM, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2014) Draft genomes of Amanita jacksonii, Ceratocystis albifundus, Fusarium circinatum, Huntiella omanensis, Leptographium procerum, Rutstroemia sydowiana, and Sclerotinia echinophila. IMA Fungus 5(2):473-486.
|Van der Nest MA, Bihon W, De Vos L, Naidoo K, Roodt D, Rubagotti E, Slippers B, Steenkamp ET, Wilken PM, Wilson A, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2014) Draft genome sequences of Diplodia sapinea, Ceratocystis manginecans, and Ceratocystis moniliformis. IMA Fungus 5(1):135-140.
|Naidoo K, Steenkamp ET, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2013) Concerted Evolution in the Ribosomal RNA Cistron. PLoS ONE 8
|Wingfield BD, Steenkamp ET, Santana QC, Coetzee MPA, Bam S, Barnes I, Beukes CW, Chane W-Y, de Vos L, Fourie G, Friend M, Gordon TR, Herron DA, Holt C, Korf I, Kvas M, Martin SH, Mlonyeni XO, Naidoo K, Phasha MM, Postma A, Reva O, Roos H, Simpson M, Slinski S, Slippers B, Sutherland R, van der Merwe NA, van der Nest MA, Venter SNV, Wilken PM, Yandell M, Zipfel R, Wingfield MJ. (2012) First fungal genome sequence from Africa: a preliminary analysis. South African Journal of Science 108:104-122.