Dr Dirk Swanevelder - Acting Senior Manager ARC-BTP
Email: SwanevelderD@arc.agric.za 
Phone: +27 (0)12 529 9472

Dr Swanevelder works on various genomics projects of agricultural interests. His research team focuses on sunflower breeding, phenomics, genetics, genomics and genetic engineering for yield, oil quality, and other traits. His other interests relate to crop genome engineering, developing of diagnostic technologies, and the functional genomics of industrial and agricultural important microbes and their application.​

Lerato.pngLerato Mpye - Project Co-coordinator ARC-BTP
Email: MpyeL@arc.agric.za
Phone: +27 (0)12 529 9121

Mrs Mpye has been coordinating ARC-BTP projects since 2011. She administrates HR, finance and BTP students’ related matters.

DrHedebe.jpgDr. Khanyisile Hadebe – Senior Researcher
Email: MdladlaK@arc.agric.za
Phone: +27 (0)12 529 9227
External Link: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ktzS2pcAAAAJ&hl=en

Dr. Khanyisile Hadebe (Mdladla) is a Senior Researcher: Genomics. Her research interests are characterizing biodiversity and the use of population and landscape genomics to investigate signatures of selection and adaptation in indigenous Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR). She is involved in developing sustainable improvement and conservation strategies, such as genomics-assisted community-based breeding programs (CBBP) to assist small scale rural farmers optimize production and environmental fitness of their livestock to help farmers overcome future challenges of climate change. She has published as lead author in Heredity, Animal ​Genet​ics, Small Ruminant Research, Tropical Animal Health and Production and Preventive Veterinary Medicine.

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