ARC-BTP has implemented high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing and
genotyping technologies within the platform, with the capacity to
genotype thousands of samples, or generates large volumes of data from
The current technologies available in the platform include:
Next generation sequencing and genotyping platforms
Liquid handling robotics systems
Laser capture micro-dissection microscope
Dr Minique de CastroApplication Specialist: Next Generation Sequencing
Phone: +27 (0)12 529 9483External links: Google Scholar
Dr de Castro holds a PhD
degree in Life Sciences at the University of South Africa. At the Genomics Core
Facility, she is responsible for library preparation and sequencing using Next
Generation Sequencing technologies.
Nompilo HlongwaneApplication Specialist:
Genotyping and Next Generation Sequencing
Phone: +27 (0)12 529 9482
Nompilo Hlongwane (MSc) is an
Application Specialist: Genotyping in the ARC-CORE. Ms Hlongwane conducts
genome-wide SNP genotyping within the Biotechnology Platform for the provision
of services within research programs. Nompilo is currently pursuing a PhD in
Genetics at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Her research focus is genetic
diversity, population genomics and signatures of selection in indigenous pigs.
Her training enables her to provide genotyping sample preparation and SNP
BeadChip data analysis support using different bioinformatics workflows.
Tondani TM. RamantswanaApplication Specialist:
Next Generation Sequencing
Phone: +27 (0)12 529 9483
Madeleine has an MSc in Zoology and is an Application
Specialist: Next Generation Sequencing. She is responsible for library
preparation and sequencing using Next Generation Sequencing technologies. is
currently pursuing a PhD in Life Science focusing on RNA-Seq work with Sheep
Alister NgobeniApplication Specialist: High throughput TechnologiesE-mail:
Ngobenia@arc.agric.zaPhone: +27 (0)12 529 9483
Mr Ngobeni has an MSc Biochemistry degree from the University of Limpopo. He manages daily operations of liquid handling facility for the provision of services to research programs within the ARC and external clients. As part of the liquid handling facility he is responsible for protocols programming and optimization on the Hamilton liquid handlers.
Nick NR. MokotoaneApplication Specialist: Genotyping and Next Generation SequencingE-mail: MokotoaneN@arc.agric.zaPhone: +27 (0)12 529 9482
Mr Mokotoane holds a Bachelors and Honors degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics respectively, from the university of the Free State and has also obtained a research-based M.Sc. degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Pretoria. Although his main focus within the Genomics Core Facility is genotyping he is also involved in the NGS workflow.
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