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Title Full Name Email Phone Seminar Department Motivation Supervisor Thesis Research Programme Description Research Programme Keywords
Dr Genevieve Mezoh 0820909845 tech Chemical Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand
I aim to startup a Biotech Company in South Africa. I would like to pursue an MBA but given my current financial situation, I cannot afford it. This course will therefore give me the knowledge I need. Prof Nigel Crowther Investigation into the effect of HIV viral proteins on endothelial function in the HIV-infected population Identify determinants of endothelial dysfunction in the Black HIV-infected population, develop a method for the quantification of HIV viral proteins in human serum, assess genetics and protein level. Molecular Biology
Bioinformatics
Proteomics
Sequencing
Statistical Analysis
Dr Mohammed Balogun +27711196487 tech National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials, CSIR
My research is focused on the development of sustainable materials for health applications. These include novel nanomedicines and antimicrobial materials. As a PI, I will be mentoring others PI I lead RD&I product development projects This course will build on the learning last year course. I expect that I will develop better acumen for commercialization and industrialization of research outputs and engage better with business.
Dr Stoyan Stoychev +27128414153 tech Biosciences Division, CSIR
ACGT, CSIR
ACGT, CSIR
I feel this course will help to supplement my analytical expertise with entrepreneurship & business development skills that will be critical in enabling commercialization of our technologies. Yolandy Lemmer N/A Our research focus in on transitioning mas spectrometry based proteomics from a basic to an applied research tool. In particular we need to find ways to implement our diagnostic tools in the clinic.

Dr Stoyan Stoychev +27128414153 tech Biosciences Division, CSIR
ACGT, CSIR
ACGT, CSIR
I feel this course will help to supplement my analytical expertise with entrepreneurship & business development skills that will be critical in enabling commercialization of our technologies. Yolandy Lemmer N/A Our research focus in on transitioning mas spectrometry based proteomics from a basic to an applied research tool. In particular we need to find ways to implement our diagnostic tools in the clinic.

Mr Don Mangowa 0633376766 tech Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology , University of Limpopo
I am a brewing enthusiast and would like to learn more on how I could establish a microbrewery successfully and market it well to the immediate market and stand out as a Tech Entrepreneur. Dr Mahloro Hope Serepa-Dlamini Identification and pathogenicity test of a bacterium associated with Oscheius entomopathogenic nematode Entomopathogenicity determination of the bacteria associated with Oscheius entomopathogenic against a selected insect pest and the MIC of their metabolites against pathogenic bacterial strains. PCR
Gel electrophoresis
DNA extraction
Whole genome assembly and annotation
Entomopathogenicity testing
GCMS
Minimum Inhibitory Concentration
Dr Priyen Pillay 0128413494 tech Biosciences Division, CSIR
I am involved in the TIA/DST phase 2, Cap256 & Biopharming-related projects which involves developing a pipeline of molecular reagents and product prospects at different stages of development. Dr Tsepo Tsekoa Characterization of VP1 protein sensitivity against proteases and identification of agroinfiltration-induced proteases in Nicotiana benthamiana leaves I am currently a Senior Researcher at the CSIR Chemicals Cluster, Technology Demonstration group led by Dr Tsepo Tsekoa. We are involved in metagenomics as well as plant biotechnology. Plant Biotechnology
Metagenomics
Biopharming
Metagenomics
Molecular Biology
Mr Elvin Chizenga +27115596265 tech Laser Research Group, University of Johannesburg
My ultimate career object is to do translational research on pharmaceuticals from the bench all the way through to in vivo studies, clinical trials and industry for use by the general public. Heidi Abrahamse, Prof Investigation of a Novel Nano-Immuno-Construct for Use in Targeted Photodynamic Therapy of Cervical Cancer Cells This research is a multi-disciplinary project encompassing the fields of Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical science and Biophysics.




Ms Dimpho Morobane 0795650380 tech Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg
Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg
"Knowledge is Power." A commonly overused phrase yet it carries so much weight for the African child. As a young black girl growing up in Botswana, I was ignorant of the fact that education can change one's life. A move to South Africa at the tender age of 13 to start high school would have never left me to imagine myself as a Masters student in the University of Johannesburg, one of South Africa's leading academic and research institutions. With an open-mind, an insatiable hunger to learn and seeking a space to stretch my capacity to grow, I have chosen to pursue my love for knowledge, education and research. Furthermore, given the current global economic climate, I am challenged to go against the graduate's norm of seeking employment but instead become an entrepreneur in the STEM field. As frightening as that might have sounded to me a couple of years ago, I still choose to aim and dream big with the hopes to one day establish an independent research facility rendering services to the aspiring and renowned researcher and academic. All this for a simple goal to grow powerful together in the journey of obtaining knowledge. Dr Mahloro Hope Serepa-Dlamini Characterization of endophytic Pantoea species and their biotechnological applications Endophytes are microorganisms, specifically fungi and bacteria, that have mutualistic and beneficial relationships with plant species. Their ability to promote plant growth and prevent the development of diseases in plants and crops through the production of secondary metabolites have steered many botanists and researchers to study them further. This research project is part of an ongoing study, whereby endophytic bacteria were previously isolated from the medicinal plant, Pellaea calomelanos sampled from Limpopo, Gauteng by Mahlangu & Serepa-Dlamini (2018). The aims of this project are to characterize potentially novel endophytic Pantoea isolates using a polyphasic approach as well as investigate their useful biotechnological applications such as their ability to degrade tannic acid. The expected outcomes of the research include uncovering the identity of these species subsequent to 16S rRNA sequencing and Multilocus sequence analysis, full descriptions of the bacteria based on their morphology, biochemical patterns and biotechnological applications and the depositing of the bacterial whole genome sequences in relevant databases such as GenBank. Bacterial endophytes
Pantoea
Multilocus sequence
Whole genome sequence
Biotechnological applications





Ms Dimpho Morobane 0795650380 tech Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg
Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg
"Knowledge is Power." A commonly overused phrase yet it carries so much weight for the African child. As a young black girl growing up in Botswana, I was ignorant of the fact that education can change one's life. A move to South Africa at the tender age of 13 to start high school would have never left me to imagine myself as a Masters student in the University of Johannesburg, one of South Africa's leading academic and research institutions. With an open-mind, an insatiable hunger to learn and seeking a space to stretch my capacity to grow, I have chosen to pursue my love for knowledge, education and research. Furthermore, given the current global economic climate, I am challenged to go against the graduate's norm of seeking employment but instead become an entrepreneur in the STEM field. As frightening as that might have sounded to me a couple of years ago, I still choose to aim and dream big with the hopes to one day establish an independent research facility rendering services to the aspiring and renowned researcher and academic. All this for a simple goal to grow powerful together in the journey of obtaining knowledge. Dr Mahloro Hope Serepa-Dlamini Characterization of endophytic Pantoea species and their biotechnological applications Endophytes are microorganisms, specifically fungi and bacteria, that have mutualistic and beneficial relationships with plant species. Their ability to promote plant growth and prevent the development of diseases in plants and crops through the production of secondary metabolites have steered many botanists and researchers to study them further. This research project is part of an ongoing study, whereby endophytic bacteria were previously isolated from the medicinal plant, Pellaea calomelanos sampled from Limpopo, Gauteng by Mahlangu & Serepa-Dlamini (2018). The aims of this project are to characterize potentially novel endophytic Pantoea isolates using a polyphasic approach as well as investigate their useful biotechnological applications such as their ability to degrade tannic acid. The expected outcomes of the research include uncovering the identity of these species subsequent to 16S rRNA sequencing and Multilocus sequence analysis, full descriptions of the bacteria based on their morphology, biochemical patterns and biotechnological applications and the depositing of the bacterial whole genome sequences in relevant databases such as GenBank. Bacterial endophytes
Pantoea
Multilocus sequence
Whole genome sequence
Biotechnological applications





Mr Knowledge Mushonga tech Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria
Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria
Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria
The traditional models of biotechnology are facing contextual relevance issues. As such, this calls for new way of thinking and strategies from robust scientific and business frameworks which promote and integrate knowledge innovation, knowledge management and innovation management into biotechnology enterprises. Demand for innovative biotechnology products which offer competitive advantage over existing traditional technologies is growing worldwide especially for economic, biosecurity and biosafety reasons. From this course, I hope to gain understanding of market access, shares, production and supply chains in biotech-business. In addition, to be able to understand the strategic process in forestry and agricultural biotechnology research. Prof Jacquie van Der Waals Crop rotation effects on soil and plant health in a dryland production system in South Africa The project investigates the impact of selected individual crops in crop rotation sequences on soil and plant health under dryland farming practice in the Eastern Free State, South Africa. The trial is planned for a period of 15 years (three rotation cycles) and progress will be re-evaluated every 5 years (one cycle). The trial began in 2014 focusing on root associated micro-organisms. This trial began on 24 November 2016, with the planting of the first season of maize. Registered as Ethics Application NAS286/2020. Dryland farmers need to exploit the microbial diversity that each crop can select in optimized and region-specific crop rotation sequences. It is expected that the development of region-specific crop rotation programmes should ensure more environmentally and financially sustainable crop production systems. This warrants urgent attention and requires long-term research, observation and adaptions to ensure more sustainable dryland cropping systems for the future.
Mr Knowledge Mushonga tech Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria
Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria
Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria
The traditional models of biotechnology are facing contextual relevance issues. As such, this calls for new way of thinking and strategies from robust scientific and business frameworks which promote and integrate knowledge innovation, knowledge management and innovation management into biotechnology enterprises. Demand for innovative biotechnology products which offer competitive advantage over existing traditional technologies is growing worldwide especially for economic, biosecurity and biosafety reasons. From this course, I hope to gain understanding of market access, shares, production and supply chains in biotech-business. In addition, to be able to understand the strategic process in forestry and agricultural biotechnology research. Prof Jacquie van Der Waals Crop rotation effects on soil and plant health in a dryland production system in South Africa The project investigates the impact of selected individual crops in crop rotation sequences on soil and plant health under dryland farming practice in the Eastern Free State, South Africa. The trial is planned for a period of 15 years (three rotation cycles) and progress will be re-evaluated every 5 years (one cycle). The trial began in 2014 focusing on root associated micro-organisms. This trial began on 24 November 2016, with the planting of the first season of maize. Registered as Ethics Application NAS286/2020. Dryland farmers need to exploit the microbial diversity that each crop can select in optimized and region-specific crop rotation sequences. It is expected that the development of region-specific crop rotation programmes should ensure more environmentally and financially sustainable crop production systems. This warrants urgent attention and requires long-term research, observation and adaptions to ensure more sustainable dryland cropping systems for the future.
Mr Knowledge Mushonga tech Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria
Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria
Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria
The traditional models of biotechnology are facing contextual relevance issues. As such, this calls for new way of thinking and strategies from robust scientific and business frameworks which promote and integrate knowledge innovation, knowledge management and innovation management into biotechnology enterprises. Demand for innovative biotechnology products which offer competitive advantage over existing traditional technologies is growing worldwide especially for economic, biosecurity and biosafety reasons. From this course, I hope to gain understanding of market access, shares, production and supply chains in biotech-business. In addition, to be able to understand the strategic process in forestry and agricultural biotechnology research. Prof Jacquie van Der Waals Crop rotation effects on soil and plant health in a dryland production system in South Africa The project investigates the impact of selected individual crops in crop rotation sequences on soil and plant health under dryland farming practice in the Eastern Free State, South Africa. The trial is planned for a period of 15 years (three rotation cycles) and progress will be re-evaluated every 5 years (one cycle). The trial began in 2014 focusing on root associated micro-organisms. This trial began on 24 November 2016, with the planting of the first season of maize. Registered as Ethics Application NAS286/2020. Dryland farmers need to exploit the microbial diversity that each crop can select in optimized and region-specific crop rotation sequences. It is expected that the development of region-specific crop rotation programmes should ensure more environmentally and financially sustainable crop production systems. This warrants urgent attention and requires long-term research, observation and adaptions to ensure more sustainable dryland cropping systems for the future.
Dr Tshikala Eddie Lulamba tech Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg
My project is aimed to isolate novel strains of entomopathogenic nematode (EPN)-symbiotic bacterium duo from Bela-Bela in Limpopo province, South Africa for agricultural and pharmaceutical bioprospecting. From the data collected from the experiments, maximum conditions of the liquid culture mass production of EPN and control quality will be conducted using a laboratory configuration of the airlift bioreactor, internal loop. The Technology Entrepreneurship - Lab to Market course is an ideal opportunity for me to learn how to build successful businesses by moving technology from lab to market. I foresee the course to equip me with the necessary expertise for my project; also, it provides a platform to meet and interact with experts. The information, knowledge and skills from this conference will also be of benefit to my scientific community at the University of Johannesburg. Dr Mahloro Hope Serepa-Dlamini Isolation, identification and genomic study of an entomopathogenic nematode symbiotic bacterium and the antimicrobial activity of its secondary metabolite’s crude extracts My Thesis titled “Isolation, identification and genomic study of an entomopathogenic nematode (EPN) symbiotic bacterium and the antimicrobial activity of its secondary metabolite’s crude extracts” is aimed to isolate novel strains of EPN-symbiotic bacterium duo from Bela-Bela in Limpopo province, South Africa for agricultural and pharmaceutical bioprospecting. To attain these, the research will be focused on isolating and characterizing a symbiotic bacterial strain together with its nematode vector and doing a whole genomic study to understand the symbiotic relationship between the two; identify genes which are responsible for the pathogenicity against insect pests, since the symbiotic bacteria and nematode duo are virulent to insect pests, for improvement of both EPNB genetic and mass-production related problems. Because the EPN symbiotic bacteria produce virulence factors, exo-enzymes and other harmful secondary metabolites to conquer, kill and degrade their insect hosts, the composition and bioactivities of secondary metabolites produced by the EPN symbiotic bacterium were investigated using both biochemical and genetic approaches.
Mr Phumuza Langa 011 559 3072 tech Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg
I am currently employed as a Senior Manager: Commercial analyst in the technology transfer office (TTO) in the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Some of my duties entail conducting full business due diligence, business planning, market review for technologies, technical and financial analysis with the ultimate objective of establishing investment risks, negotiating licenses, structuring deals, and planning exits from investments. I am also a part-time PHD student at UJ with a research project around understanding technology incubation services for innovative enterprises. I believe my practical experience in technology transfer (which spans over a decade) coupled with my educational background (a mixture of biotechnology and commerce) make me a suitable candidate for the Technology Entrepreneurship: Lab to Market course. It will assist me in executing my duties and will also contribute in me furthering my studies. In turn I can learn an additional skill that will allow me to contribute to the innovation ecosystem at large. Rosemary Wolson (Not supervisor, but my Director at the technology transfer office) Technology Technology Transfer Office
Mr Sinomncedi Magida 0834813883 tech Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg
Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg
Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg
Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg
I am passionate about biotechnology and see it as a potential enabler for development and economic growth. Entrepreneurship, especially that created through innovation, forms part of the driving force behind this growth and this is why I chose to focus on this area. A course like this will go a long way in equipping me with the skills necessary to contribute to the building of a science driven industry capable of delivering world class products. I would like to thank the organisers for availing the opportunity for learners to acquire this type of content. It surely is a humble endeavour in which I would be delighted to participate. Dr Mahloro Hope Serepa-Dlamini Evaluation of multi-metal tolerance and plant-promoting characteristics of bacterial endophytes isolated from Solanum Nigrum The project looks at investigating the potential of bacterial endophytes from Solanum nigrum to act as agents for the bioremediation of heavy metals from the environment. Bacterial endophytes have shown to assist plants withstand heavy metal contamination and to also aid to accelerate the growth of plants and ensure the processing and uptake of essential nutrients. They also produce secondary metabolites that are known for their importance as signals and toxins underlying the interactions the microbes have with the plant host.




Ms Louise Fourie 0618294303 tech GCI- Plant breeding and Biotechnology, ARC
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