Associate Professor Vernon Coyne
MSc/PhD Projects in Marine Biotechnology
Vernon Coyne obtained a BSc degree in Microbiology and Zoology from Rhodes University in 1978, a BSc (Hons) degree and a PhD degree in Microbiology from UCT in 1979 and 1985, respectively. In 1986, he left for Washington, D.C. where he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Microbiology Dept. at Georgetown University. From 1987 until 1990, he was a member of the Centre of Marine Biotechnology at Maryland University where he was a Research Assistant and later a Research Assistant Professor. He returned to the New South Africa in 1991 to take up a position as a Lecturer in the Microbiology Dept. at UCT. He was promoted ad hominem to Senior Lecturer in 1998, Assoc. Prof. in 2006 and became Head of Department in 2007.
Jaffray, A.E. and Coyne, V.E. (1996). Development of an in situ assay to detect bacterial pathogens of the red alga Gracilaria gracilis (Stackhouse) Steentoft, Irvine et Farnham. J. Appl. Phycology 8, 409-414.
Erasmus, J.H., Cook, P.A. and Coyne, V.E. (1997). The role of bacteria in the digestion of seaweed by the abalone Haliotis midae. Aquaculture 155: 377-386.
Jaffray, A.E., Anderson, R.J. and Coyne, V.E. (1997). Investigation of bacterial epiphytes of the red agar-producing seaweed Gracilaria gracilis (Stackhouse) Steentoft, Irvine et Farnham from Saldanha Bay, South Africa and Lüderitz, Namibia. Botanica Marina 40: 569-576.
Shi, J., Coyne, V.E. and Weiner, R.M. (1997). Identification of an alkaline metalloprotease produced by the hydrothermal vent bacterium Hyphomonas jannaschiana VP3. Microbios 91: 15-26.
Jaffray, A.E. and Coyne, V.E. (1998). The identification and characterisation of Gracilaria gracilis defence genes expressed in response to a bacterial infection. In: New Developments in Marine Biotechnology, 217-219. (Yves Le Gal and Harlyn Halvorson, Eds.).
Ah Tow, L. and Coyne, V.E. (1999). Cloning and characterisation of a novel ompB operon from Vibrio cholerae 569B. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1444: 269-275.
Coyne, V.E. (2000). Marine microbial biodiversity, p.47-49. In: Summary Marine Biodiversity Status Report for South Africa. Durham, B.D. and Pauw, J.C. (eds). National Research Foundation, Pretoria.
Schroeder, D.C., Jaffer, M.A. and Coyne, V.E. (2003). Investigation of the role of a beta(1-4) agarase produced by Pseudoalteromonas gracilis B9 in eliciting disease symptoms in the red alga Gracilaria gracilis. Microbiology 149: 2919-2929.
Iyer, R., De Clerck, O., Bolton, J.J. and Coyne, V.E. (2004). Morphological and taxonomic studies of Gracilaria and Gracilariopsis species (Rhodophyta) from South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 70 (4): 521-539.
Iyer, R., Bolton, J.J. and Coyne, V.E. (2005). Gracilarioid species (Gracilariaceae, Rhodophyta) occurring in southern Africa, with the description of Gracilariopsis funicularis sp. nov. African Journal of Marine Science 27(1): 97-105.
Macey, B.M. and Coyne, V.E. (2005) Improved growth rate and disease resistance in farmed Haliotis midae through probiotic treatment. Aquaculture 245: 249-261.
Iyer, R., Tronchin, E.M., Bolton, J.J. and Coyne, V.E. (2005) Molecular systematics of the Gracilariaceae (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta) with emphasis on southern Africa. Journal of Phycology 41: 672-684.
Macey, B.M. and Coyne, V.E. (2006) Colonization of the gastrointestinal tract of the farmed South African abalone Haliotis midae by the probionts Vibrio midae SY9, Cryptococcus sp. SS1, and Debaryomyces hansenii AY1. Marine Biotechnology 8: 246–259.
ten Doeschate, K.I. and Coyne, V.E. (2008) Improved growth rate in farmed Haliotis midae through probiotic treatment. Aquaculture Volume 284, Issues 1-4, Pages 174-179.
Janse van Rensburg, M. and Coyne, V. E. (2008) The role of electron transport in the defence response of the South African abalone, Haliotis midae. Fish & Shellfish Immunology, doi: 10.1016/j.fsi.2008.09.01
Irmagard Schroeder (1998) Characterisation of the melanin biosynthetic genes from Vibrio cholerae 569B, PhD thesis, UCT
Ann Jaffray (1999) The investigation of bacterial pathogens of the red macroalga Gracilaria gracilis and its response to bacterial infection, PhD thesis, UCT
Declan Schroeder (2001) Isolation and characterization of a ß (1-4) agarase of an epiphytic bacterial pathogen, Pseudoalteromonas gracilis B9, of the red alga, Gracilaria gracilis, PhD thesis, UCT.
Kershini Govender (2001) Population genetic studies of economically important Gracilaria and Gracilariopsis (Rhodophyta) in the south western Cape, MSc thesis, UCT.
Lemese Ah Tow (2002) Characterization of the ompB operon of Vibrio cholerae 569B and its role in melanogenesis, PhD thesis, UCT.
Revel Iyer (2002) Systematics of the Gracilariaceae (Rhodophyta) of southern Africa, PhD thesis, UCT.
Jennifer van Wyk (2004), Optimising the growth of Cryptococcus species SS1, a potential probiotic for farmed abalone, MSc thesis, UCT.
Simon Gebrekeros (2005) Characterisation of nitrogen stress response genes of the marine alga Gracilaria gracilis, MSc thesis, UCT.
Kim ten Doeschate (2005) Pseudoalteromonas sp. strain C4 as a probiotic for farmed South African abalone, Haliotis midae, PhD thesis, UCT.
Brett Macey (2005) Probiotic effect of Vibrio midae SY9, Cryptococcus sp. SS1 and Debaryomyces hansenii AY1 on the growth and disease resistance of farmed Haliotis midae, PhD thesis, UCT.
Lynthia Paul (2006) Melanin production by Vibrio cholerae 569B: its role as a mechanism of protection against oxidative and other environmental stresses, PhD thesis, UCT.
Tanya Lebi (2007) Identification of differentially expressed genes in the commercially important agarophyte, Gracilaria gracilis, following nitrogen deprivation, MSc thesis, UCT.
Carin de Klerk (2008) Investigation of the role of the extracellular beta-agarase, produced by the bacterial epiphyte Pseudoalteromonas sp. LS2i, in the virulence response towards the agarophyte Gracilaria gracilis, PhD thesis, UCT.
Marike Janse van Rensburg (2008) The role of the cytochrome b and cytochrome c oxidase III genes in the immune response of the South African abalone, Haliotis midae, MSc thesis, UCT.
Rael Horwitz (2008) Characterization of an intracellular bacterium infecting the digestive gland of the South African abalone, Haliotis midae, MSc thesis, UCT