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More informationDr Suzanne Huddy
Post-doctoral Fellow
Megan.Hendrickse@uct.ac.za
Renate More informationDr Renate Lamprecht
Post-doctoral Fellow
renate.lamprecht@uct.ac.za
More informationDr Guy Regnard
Post-doctoral Fellow
GLRegnard@gmail.com
More informationDr Alta van Zyl
Post-doctoral Fellow
alta.vanzyl@uct.ac.za
Dr Rosemary Meggersee More informationDr Rosemary Meggersee
Post-doctoral fellow
rosemary.meggersee@uct.ac.za
Melie More informationMélie Buyse
PhD student
meliebuyse@hotmail.com
More informationAleyo Chabeda
PhD student
aleyo.chabeda@uct.ac.za
Corrie More informationCorrie Gunter
MSc student
Corrie.Gunter@alumni.uct.ac.za
Hendrik More informationHendrik Els
MSc student
Hendrik.Els@alumni.uct.ac.za
Inge More informationInge Pietersen
MSc student
Inge.Pietersen@alumni.uct.ac.za
Raygaanah More informationRaygaanah Jacobs
MSc student
Raygaanah.Jacobs@alumni.uct.ac.za
More informationFrancisco Pera
MSc student
DFGFRA001@myuct.ac.za
More informationAyesha Adams
MSc student
admaye004@myuct.ac.za
More informationMatt Verbeek
MSc student
vrbmat001@myuct.ac.za
Dr Megan Hendrickse
Post-doctoral fellow
Dr Megan Hendrickse I am originally from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape where I completed my MSc at NMMU (Formerly UPE). After moving to Cape Town, I undertook my PhD in Medical Biochemistry in the receptor biology group (UCT Medical Campus).
I am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Prof Ed Rybicki's lab where I will be conducting the L2-based pseudovirion neutralising assay to evaluate the immunogenicity of in-house produced Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. - See more at: http://www.mcb.uct.ac.za/mcb/people/staff/academic/rybicki/labmembers#Megan  
Dr Renate Lamprecht
Post-doctoral fellow
Renate I completed my BSC, BSc Hons and MSc degrees in Microbiology at University of Pretoria during 2003 to 2008. In my initial post-graduate years I have characterized two new plant rhabdoviruses. After University of Pretoria, I moved to Somerset West and started my PhD in Genetics at Stellenbosch University. During my PhD I characterized two South African isolates of Grapevine fanleaf virus, by determining their the full-length genome sequences. These full-length genome sequences were the first GFLV isolates to be completely sequenced from Africa. One of these two isolates was found to be associated with a satellite RNA, which was only the second Grapevine fanleaf virus satellite RNA to be described worldwide. I constructed a fully functional full-length infectious cDNA clone based on the newly described satellite RNA, which may in future studies prove to be a powerful molecular tool in the grapevine research community. Currently, I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Prof Ed Rybicki's group, working on recombinant HPV protein production in plants, for the development of cheaper vaccines to protect against multiple HPV types.  
Dr Guy Regnard
Post-doctoral Fellow
View profile at http://about.me/guy.regnard

I study viruses and have submitted my doctoral thesis on Beak and feather disease virus. This particular virus belongs to an ever growing list of circular single-stranded DNA viruses causing host immunosuppression. Presently I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the BRU working on a DST funded project to produce blue tongue virus (BTV) proteins and VLPs.
I am member of the International Society for Plant Molecular Farming and an associate student member of the American Society of Virology. I currently volunteer at The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association and Help2Read at Timour Hall Primary School. Last year I served as a regional judge for the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists

Dr Alta van Zyl
Post-doctoral Fellow
I obtained my honours degree in Biochemistry at the University of the Free State in 2006, after which I completed my MSc degree (also at UFS) in the Veterinary Biotechnology research group. I relocated to Cape Town to pursue a PhD degree in the Biopharming Research Unit under the supervision of Prof Rybicki and Dr Meyers.
My PhD focussed on the development of plant-produced vaccines against Bluetongue virus. Currently, I am a Post-doctoral fellow working on the optimisation of recombinant HPV protein expression in plants. - See more at: http://www.mcb.uct.ac.za/mcb/people/staff/academic/rybicki/labmembers#Megan
Dr Rosemary Meggersee
Post-doctoral fellow
Rosemary Meggersee I completed my undergraduate studies in the Molecular and Cell Biology department at UCT. My postgraduate studies, including my PhD, were completed in MCB under the supervision of Dr V. Abratt and investigated the antibiotic resistance present in the anaerobic bacterium Bacteroides fragilis. My first Post-Doctoral research project was under the joint supervision of BRU and Assoc. Prof V. Coyne and involved the development of a phage display library which could be used to develop DNA vaccines for farmed fish.  
My current Post-Doctoral research project involves using a mouse phage display library in order to generate antibodies that can be used for both diagnostic tests and as therapeutics to a wide variety of antigens. 
Mélie Buyse
PhD student
Melie BuyseI am a Belgian Vet. I completed my Masters in Veterinary Science at Ghent University 2010. I then went on to open my own veterinary practice. After 4 years of running my own business I decided I wanted to further my studies and embark on obtaining my PhD. I was particularly interested in vaccine development as I had years of experience using the medication and identified a gap for new and improved vaccines. I came across the Biopharming Research Unit and I then knew that this would be the ideal environment for me to be able to contribute in this industry. I then packed up my entire life in one suitcase and made the move to Cape Town. My PhD is based on developing a vaccine for Beak and Feather Disease Virus. I will be working under the supervision of Dr. Inga Hitzeroth and Prof. Ed Rybicki.
Aleyo Chabeda
PhD student
I am from the sunny Nairobi, Kenya. I completed my B.Sc in Biochemistry and Microbiology at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2010. I then made the move to Cape Town and did my B.Sc Hons at UCT in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB), working on Influenza DNA vaccines under the supervision of Dr. Inga Hitzeroth and Prof. Ed Rybicki. I began my M.Sc in 2012 looking at Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and in 2013 upgraded to a Ph.D. My research is focused on the development of second generation HPV L1/L2 chimaeric virus like particle (VLP) vaccines in plants. HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer. As current HPV vaccines are very expensive and type specific, there is a great need for cheaper vaccines that can provide protection against several HPV types.
I am also the Chairperson of the MCB postgraduate research committee which organises several events throughout the year, such as the inter-lab quiz night and indoor soccer tournament. Our most important event is the MCB Research Day which promotes/encourages postgraduate students to present their research to the department.
Hendrik (Johann) Els
MSc student
SusanneOriginally from Johannesburg, I have done a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Stellenbosch followed by Honours in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town. My honours research entailed the production of recombinant Rotavirus virus-like particles in tobacco at the Biopharming Research Unit. My MSc project combines both molecular biology with bioprocess engineering done at the Centre for Bioprocess Engineering (CeBER). The research entails working with algae viruses for new genetic engineering techniques under the supervision of Prof Rybicki, Dr Hitzeroth and Dr Harrison (CeBER).
Inge Peitersen
MSc student
IngeI grew up in Pretoria and completed both my BSc and BSc (Hons) at the University of Pretoria. After spending a year living in Amsterdam and travelling around Europe, I moved to Cape Town to pursue an MSc in the Biopharming Research Unit, under the supervision of Dr. Inga Hitzeroth, Prof. Ed Rybicki, and Dr. Ann Meyers.
The focus of my MSc project is the development of a prophylactic (and potentially therapeutic) vaccine against Bovine papillomavirus type-1, which has been implicated in numerous debilitating diseases and cancers in cattle and equids, including wild species such as zebra, giraffes, and sable antelope. The hope is that we will be able to produce vaccines against multiple BPV types.
Raygaanah Jacobs
MSc student
RaygaanahI completed my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology at UCT. I then completed my Honours degree in Molecular and Cell biology in the Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) under the supervision of Dr. Guy Regnard and Dr. Inga Hitzeroth. My Honours project focused on improving the replicating plant expression vector, pRIC, that’s based on a mild strain of the Bean yellow dwarf virus (BeYDV). This was done by manipulating the replication machinery to achieve optimum protein expression in plants.
I am currently doing my MSc. Degree in the BRU lab which will be a continuation of my Honours project. In this project we will be expressing Zika virus proteins in N. benthamiana.
Corrie Gunter
MSc student
CorrieI completed my BSc and Honours degrees in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town. During my undergraduate studies I became ever more fascinated by viruses. I joined the BRU lab during my Honours year where I started working on developing plant produced porcine circovirus (PCV) coat protein.
I am currently enrolled as a full time Master’s degree student in the BRU working under the supervision of Prof Ed Rybicki, Dr Inga Hitzeroth and Dr Guy Regnard. The objective of my MSc is to further investigate the expression of the PCV capsid protein.
Francisco Pera
MSc student
FranciscoI was born in Lisbon, Portugal and lived there until I was 17. After finishing high-school, I decided to go to France to start university. I did my first BSc year (biology) in the Universite du Havre (Northern France) and then moved to Toulouse where I did my consecutive two years BSc in bio-engineering applied to plants in the Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 3. In 2012, I decided to move to
Cape Town, South Africa and I did my BSc (Hons) at UCT in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology working on a new rotavirus vaccine made of virus-like particles (VLPs) under the supervision of Dr. Inga Hitzeroth and Prof. Ed Rybicki. I am currently doing my MSc on plant produced vaccines against the Influenza Virus.
Ayesha Admas
MSc student
Ayesha AdamsI completed my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Genetics at UCT in 2015. I then did my Honours degree in Molecular and Cell biology in the Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) and I am now doing my masters in the BRU under the supervision of Dr. Megan Hendrikse, Dr. Inga Hitzeroth and Prof Ed Rybicki. My Master’s project focuses on producing high yields of Human papillomavirus (HPV) pseudovirions in tobacco plants.
Matt Verbeek
MSc student
Matt VerbeekI am a typical Joburg boy having grown up in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg. I moved down to Cape Town in 2012 to start my undergrad degree at UCT. I completed my BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2015 followed by my BSc Honours in Molecular and Cell Biology in 2016. I began my Master's in 2017.
I am currently working under Dr Inga Hitzeroth with my project focusing on expressing Shuni virus envelope glycoproteins and nucleoproteins in plants such as Nicotiana benthamiana for use as possible diagnostic tools and hopefully the possible development of a vaccine.