Dr Farai MuchadeyiSenior Manager ARC-BTPEmail: MuchadeyiF@arc.agric.zaPhone: +27 (0)12 529 9352External links: Google Scholar Profile
Dr Muchadeyi's research interests are in the characterization, sustainable utilization and conservation of livestock genetic resources. Her current ongoing research involves the application of genomics and population genetic tools in inferring on genetic diversity, identifying adaptive features associated with livestock species from marginalized farming environments and investigating how the genetic adaptation can be harnessed in mainstream commercial agriculture. Her other projects involve the unravelling of the causal mutations of genetic disorders and the inclusion of molecular genetic marker information in selection programs. She currently heads the Animal Genetics and Genomics research group at the Biotechnology Platform (ARC) managing various projects on livestock and wildlife genomics.
Lerato MpyeProject Co-coordinator ARC-BTPEmail: MpyeL@arc.agric.zaPhone: +27 (0)12 529 9121
Mpye has been coordinating ARC-BTP projects since 2011. She administrates HR,
finance and BTP students’ related matters.
Dr Dirk SwanevelderSenior ResearcherEmail: SwanevelderD@arc.agric.zaPhone: +27 (0)12 529 9472Dr Swanevelder works on various genomics projects of agricultural interests. His research team focuses on sunflower breeding, genetics, genomics and genetic engineering for yield, oil quality, and other traits, for specific applications such as biofuel production and processing. His other interests relate to the functional genomics of industrial and agricultural important microbes and their application, as well as high-throughput barcoding approaches for plant-pollinator interactions studies. He is a Research Fellow at UNISA's College for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
Dr Charles HeferSenior ResearcherEmail: HeferC@arc.agric.zaPhone: +27 (0)12 529 9356External links: Google Scholar Profile
Dr Hefer's research focus is on large-scale population genomics applications in agriculture. He has research programs on several subtropical crops, with the focus on generating genomics resources for genomic selection and association studies. He is the bioinformatics lead researcher at the Biotechnology Platform.
Dr Genevieve ThompsonSenior ResearcherEmail: ThompsonG@arc.agric.zaPhone: +27 (0)12 529 9227External links: Google Scholar Profile
Genevieve is a genomics specialist and
biodiversity scientist with research experience in next generation sequencing,
population genetics, phylogenetics and species distribution modeling. Dr Thompson has a PhD in population genetics from
Stellenbosch University and the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology. Her
post-doctoral experience spans three institutes: the South African
Environmental Observation Network’s Fynbos Node, where she developed a
mega-phylogeny for South African flora; the National Zoological Gardens where
she worked on wild life conservation genetics; and most recently the ARC
Biotechnology Platform where she worked on Sorghum genomics for biofuel
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