NWUNORTH-WEST UNIVERSITY (POTCHEFSTROOM CAMPUS)
FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES
SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
MICROBIOLOGY

VACANCY: SENIOR LECTURER/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
PEROMNES:A7/A6
POSITION NUMBER:PC09552

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 08:25

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Microbiology - WITS

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WITS

UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
SCHOOL OF MOLECULAR & CELL BIOLOGY
LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN MICROBIOLOGY

SASM would like to bring the Biophysical Society Thematic Meeting on "Biophysics in the Understanding, Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases” to your attention and would welcome your participation. I would be grateful if you would bring the meeting to the attention of your colleagues.

Friday, 11 September 2015 18:45

Post-Graduate Programme in Biofuels

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Stellenbosch UniversityBiofuels Research ChairThe National Research Foundation has awarded the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI): Biofuels and Other Clean Alternative Fuels to prof. WH (Emile) van Zyl at the Department of Microbiology, Stellenbosch University. The Research Chair focuses on the development of technologies for commercial production of secondgeneration bio-energy from lignocellulosic biomass in South Africa.

Rhodes UniversityThe Research Unit in Bioinformatics (RUBi) invites applications for a one-year MSc Programme by coursework and research thesis for 2016.

Courses include, but not limited to, Linux, Python programming, Mathematical and Statistical Tools, Genomics, Metagenomics, Structural Bioinformatics, Databases.
Projects include, but not limited to, large scale DNA analysis, protein structure-function analysis, inhibitor design, protein-protein and DNA-protein interactions and software development.

Please submit a motivation letter including contact details of two referees with e-mail addresses, CV and detailed academic records (subjects-marks, degree completion). Submissions should be made online at https://rubi.ru.ac.za/apply. The closing date is 30 September 2015.

Please note that this programme does not offer any fellowships. Space is limited and applicants with high marks will have priority.

The South African Society for Microbiology wishes to congratulate two of its members who were honoured with the Department of Science and Technology's (DST) Women in Science Awards in Johannesburg on Thursday (13 August 2015). The awards are organised and presented by the Department of Science and Technology in recognition of the achievements of woman scientists and their profile as role models for woman in science. The theme for the 2015 awards was “Science for a Sustainable Future” with special reference to the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 13:14

SASM2016: Update

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SASM 2016

The South African Society for Microbiology's 19th Biennial Congress, SASM2016, will be held at the Coastlands Umhlanga Convention Centre, Durban, from the 17th to the 20th of January 2016. SASM2016 is organised by Durban University of Technology. Online registration and abstract submission details are now available.

Please note the following updates:

CeBERThe ASTER™ process is commercially used to bioremediate cyanide- (CN-) and thiocyanate- (SCN-) containing waste water, typically, from cyanidation of refractory gold ores. There are currently three industrial-scale ASTER™ processes in operation worldwide. This aerobic bioprocess reduces the CN- and SCN- concentrations to below 1 mg/L in a continuous system, facilitating reuse or safe discharge of process water. To date, the microbial consortia associated with this bioprocess have been poorly characterized and, as a result, the relative abundance and diversity of the community has been significantly under-represented. Researchers within the Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER) at the University of Cape Town, together with those at the University of California, Berkeley are employing a molecular approach, including 16S rRNA gene surveys and metagenomic analysis, to study CN- and SCN- biodegradation within laboratory-scale reactors.

Figure 1Lepidopteran insects such as the false codling moth, Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Meyrick), the African bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner), the codling moth (Cydia pomonella, L.), the potato tuber moth (Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller) and the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.) (Figure 1) are serious crop pests in South Africa, with considerable economic impact on various agricultural crops.

Gold nanoparticlesThere has been growing focus on the potential to use gold nanoparticles as tools in the field of bionanotechnology because of their unique optical, electronic and molecular recognition properties. Gold nanoparticles are known to be fairly stable and are regarded as generally bio-compatible. However, some studies have reported that these nanoparticles could be toxic to some organisms, including bacteria. The mechanism by which gold nanoparticles may confer toxicity to E. coli cells remains to be fully understood.

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