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Dr Kershini Iyer
Post-doctoral fellow; plant biotechnology; promoter studies
of stress-associated genes from
Zea mays
Dr Revel Iyer
Research scientist; agricultural biotechnology; plant
molecular biology; plant transgenics.
Dr Ann Meyers
Research Officer; plant-produced proteins and vaccines;
bluetongue virus; Rift Valley fever virus;
Gracilaria gracilis
transformation studies; recombinant protein expression in
Gracilaria gracilis.
Dr Shane Murray
Lecturer; crop genomics and transcriptomics; resistance
in maize and grapevine to pathogens (fungi, viruses and
Dr Hanlie Nell
Post-doctoral fellow; plant stress biology; characterisation
of the carbon source for soluble carbohydrate accumulation
in the resurrection plant
Xerophyta humilis.
Dr Lynthia Paul
Post-doctoral fellow;
Bacteroides fragilis
resistance; mutational analysis; metronidazole uptake;
flotillin; DNA recombination and repair genes.
Dr Dionne Shepherd
Research Officer; virology and plant biotechnology;
development of maize streak virus‑resistant maize; maize
streak virus diversity; plant-virus interactions.
Dr Michele Tomasicchio
Post-doctoral fellow; glucocorticoid receptor (GR)
transcriptional signalling; cross talk between HIV-1 Vpr
and the GR in transcriptional regulation of host genes.
Research output
Chapters in books
Klump, H. 2011. Mutationen haben ihren Wert und ihren
Preis: Metastabile DNA-Strukturen und die Konsequenzen.
In Molekule Aus Dem All, pp. 189-216. Germany: Wiley-V
C H Verlag. ISBN 978-3-527-32877-2.
Morse, M., Rafudeen, M.S. and Farrant, J.M. 2011. An
overview of the current understanding of desiccation
tolerance in the vegetative tissues of higher plants. In I.
Turkan (ed.), Advances in Botanical Research, pp. 319-
347. USA: Academia Press, Belgium. ISBN 978-0-12-
Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals
Africander, D., Louw, R., Verhoog, N., Noeth, D. and
Hapgood, J. 2011. Differential regulation of endogenous
acetate and norethisterone acetate in cell lines of the
female genital tract. Contraception, 84(4): 423-435.
Africander, D., Verhoog, N. and Hapgood, J. 2011.
Molecular mechanisms of steroid receptor-mediated
actions by synthetic progestins used in HRT and
contraception. Steroids, 76: 636-652.
Bhardwaj, V., Meier, S., Petersen, L., Ingle, R.A. and
Roden, L.C. 2011. Defence responses of Arabidopsis
thaliana to infection by Pseudomonas syringae are
regulated by the circadian clock. PLoS One, 6(10):
e26968. (8pp).
Chopera, D., Mlotshwa, M., Woodman, Z., Mlisana, K.,
de Assis Rosa, D., Martin, D.P., Abdool Karim, Q., Gray,
C.M., Williamson, C. and caprisa 002 study team, c.
2011. Virological and immunological factors associated
with HIV-1 differential disease progression in HLA-B*
58:01- Positive individuals. Journal of Virology, 85(14):
Coyne, V.E. 2011. The importance of ATP in the immune
system of molluscs. ISJ-Invertebrate Survival Journal,
8(1): 48-55.
Everest, G. andMeyers, P. 2011. Evaluation of the antibiotic
biosynthetic potential of the genus Amycolatopsis and
description of Amycolatopsis circi sp. nov., Amycolatopsis
equina sp. nov. and Amycolatopsis hippodromi sp. nov.
Journal of Applied Microbiology, 111: 300-311.
Everest, G., Cook, A.E., Kirby, B. and Meyers, P. 2011.
Evaluation of the use of recN sequence analysis in
the phylogency of the genus Amycolatopsis. Antonie
Van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of General and
Molecular Microbiology, 100: 483-496.
Everest, G., Cook, A.E., Le Roes, M. and Meyers, P.
2011. Nocardia rhamnosiphila sp.nov., solated from soil*.
Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 34: 508-512.
Farrant, J.M. and Moore, J.P. 2011. Programming
desiccation-tolerance: from plants to seeds to
resurrection plants. Current Opinion in Plant Biology,
14(2011): 340-345.
Faulkes, C.G., Bennett, N., Cotterill, F., Stanley, W.,
Mgode, G.F. and Verheyen, E. 2011. Phylogeography and
cryptic diversity of the solitary-dwelling silvery mole-rat.
Journal of Zoology, 295: 324-338.