Sunday, 19 October 2014 18:14

Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer - UL

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Jobs DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY, MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE, UNIVERSITY OF LIMPOPO

Applications are invited for the position of Associate Professor/ Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry.

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WITSJobsUNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG
FACULTY OF SCIENCE

PROFESSOR/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (MICROBIOLOGY/MOLECULAR BIOLOGY)
SCHOOL OF MOLECULAR & CELL BIOLOGY

The School of Molecular and Cell Biology seeks an established academic to make a dynamic contribution to the discipline of Microbiology & Biotechnology and will be expected to take on both academic and administrative tasks within the School. S/he will also undertake independent focused research within areas such as microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology or bioinformatics.

Friday, 12 September 2014 16:46

SASM members featured at TEDx CapeTown

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TEDxCapeTownTED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The Cape Town event is called TEDxCapeTown. Here are some recent talks by SASM members at TEDxCapeTown.

If you know of other SASM members participating at TEDx events in the rest of South Africa, please forward the links to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.so that we can highlight these achievements on SASM's blog.

Friday, 05 September 2014 10:27

Invitation to contribute to SASM's Blog

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We would like to extend an open invitation to all SASM members to make contributions to our blog. Let's embark on a crowd-sourcing exercise for new content, if you like!  All that is required for blog articles is a one pager (1 X A4) with sound scientific writing and some eye-catching photographs or graphics. The content could be “almost anything” microbiology-related, for example:

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:24

Researcher for Skin Microbiome Studies

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Interested applicants should send a letter of motivation, CV, certified copy of highest degree, and the contact details of three references to:

Prof Marla Trindade (Tuffin), Acting Director of IMBM, UWC.
Website: www.imbm.co.za
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Application closing date: 25 September 2014.
Position available as of 1 November 2014.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 17:36

SASM2013 Presentations and Images

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SASM2013 follow-up
Remember the Bela-Bela Forever Resorts Warmbaths and SASM2013 conference?

Here are the links to the presentations and images:


PresentationsPowerPoint presentations (only viewable in Google Chrome browser)
CameraConference Photographs

Synthetic YeastThe Craig Venter Institute built a synthetic bacterial genome, and George Church, Farren Isaacs and colleagues have engineered the E. coli genome using an innovative platform called MAGE and genome synthesis methods. Now the focus is on the first eukaryote, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This organism has 16 linear chromosomes and a relatively compact (~14Mb total; ~12 Mb nonredundant) and well-understood genome. The synthetic yeast genome can be used to answer a wide variety of profound questions about fundamental properties of chromosomes, genome organization, gene content, function of RNA splicing, the extent to which small RNAs play a role in yeast biology, the distinction between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and questions relating to genome structure and evolution. The availability of a fully synthetic genome will allow direct testing of evolutionary questions not otherwise approachable. The eventual “synthetic yeast” being designed and refined could eventually play an important practical role. Yeasts, and S. cerevisiae in particular, are preeminent organisms for industrial fermentations, with a wide variety of practical uses including ethanol production from agricultural products and by-products.

Two upcoming ASM virtual scientific lecture events by Dr. Harriet Robinson (GeoVax, Inc.) and Dr. Valerie Mizrahi (UCT). RSVP by 1 August: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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