| 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.