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More informationEmmanuel Margolin
Senior Scientific Officer
emmanuel.margolin@gmail.com
More informationSandiswa Mbewana
PhD student
MBWSAN001@uct.ac.za
More informationRichard Atkinson
MSc student
richard.atkinson@uct.ac.za
Steven o'Connor More informationSteven O'Connor
MSc student
thestevenoconnor@gmail.com
Scot de Beer More informationScott de Beer
MSc student
Scott.DeBeer@alumni.uct.ac.za
More informationShelley Fearon
MSc student
smtshe005@myuct.ac.za
More informationSiphomelele Ndlovu
MSc student
ndlsip021@myuct.ac.za
More informationJennifer Wayland
MSc student
jennifer-wayland@hotmail.com
Emmanuel Margolin
Senior Scientific Officer
I completed my undergraduate studies in the Molecular and Cell Biology department at UCT before moving to Medical School for my honours and Masters. My M.Sc. project focused on the design and expression of novel HIV-1 Envelope antigens in different expression platforms. I am currently working for the HIV Vaccine Development Group at Medical School on a MRC SHIP funded project which aims to develop next generation HIV vaccines, for the induction of neutralizing antibodies. As part of this Project I am working in the BRU to develop a plant-based expression platform for the production of HIV Envelope subunit vaccines. In my free time I enjoy playing guitar, running and gyming.

Sandiswa Mbewana
PhD student 

I am a Biotechnologist specializing in Plant Biotechnology. My Bsc Biotechnology degree was obtained at the University of the Western Cape in 2005. My post graduate studies (BSc Hons and MSc in Wine biotechnology) were completed at Stellenbosch University. My MSc was on the analysis of possible fungal resistance phenotype in transgenic tobacco plants over-expressing the native cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase gene. The key study area was Grapevine biotechnology focusing on disease resistance.
I have also worked as a Scientific Officer in the plant based vaccine group. My project was on the development of an avian influenza virus (H5N1) vaccine using plants and insect cell expression system. Now am have enrolled for a PhD on development of rift valley fever virus vaccine.
Richard Atkinson
MSc student
I am a MSc student, working on Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus. Specifically, my project focuses on producing the nucleocapsid protein, for use in diagnostics, as well as producing the virus glycoproteins, with the aim of producing a Virus-Like Particle (VLP) vaccine. I completed both my undergrad and BSc Honours here in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. You can follow me on twitter at http://twitter.com/RichardAtUCT.
Steve O'Connor
MSc student
SusanneI grew up in Hilton in Kwa Zulu Natal. I attended St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg and then obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology and biotechnology as well as Honours in plant biotechnology at Stellenbosch University. I have transferred to UCT to pursue my Master’s degree. I work under Dr Ann Meyers on a project developing vaccines for Foot and Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) in plants. Specifically; my project aims to express and optimize expression of the structural proteins of the FMDV with the intention of producing a virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine in the plant Nicotiana benthamiana. The hope is that these VLPs will provide a safer and more cost effective vaccine for the agricultural industry.
Scot de Beer
MSc student


SusanneI was born in KwaZulu-Natal and raised in Johannesburg for 16 years, then we moved to the Middle East (Qatar) for three years, where I completed my secondary education.
I moved back to South Africa to further my studies at the University of Cape Town, where I completed my BSc in molecular and cell biology and BSc (Hons) in the production of diagnostic reagents to the foot and mouth disease virus in plants. I am currently doing my MSc, which is a continuation of my honours project, in order to optimise expression of these diagnostic reagents for use in a competitive-enzyme linked immunoassay to differentiate infected from vaccinated livestock. My supervisors are Dr. Ann Meyers and Prof. Ed Rybicki. 

Shelley Fearon
MSc student
Shelley FearonI completed my BSc in Genetics and Ecology and BSc (Hons) in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town.
I am currently pursuing an MSc in the Biopharming Research Unit under the supervision of Dr. Ann Meyers, Dr. Inga Hitzeroth and Prof. Ed Rybicki. My project focuses on the African horse sickness virus (AHSV), a devastating, highly infectious disease affecting equids. The research involves producing AHSV-specific antibodies and VP7 crystalline-particles in plants, for the development of potential therapeutic and prophylactic vaccines.
Siphomelele Ndlovu
MSc student
Siphomelele NdlovuI am originally from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. I completed my undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Pretoria. I then did my honours in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town, as part of the BRU. I am currently doing my masters under the supervision of Prof Ed Rybicki, Dr Ann Meyers and Dr Rosemary Meggersee. My project focuses on the expression of Horseradish Peroxidase (HRP) and Alkaline phosphatase fused anti-rabbit single variable chain fragments (scFvs), derived from a mouse phage display library, in N. benthamiana.
Jennifer Wayland
PhD student
Jennifer WaylandI grew up in Gauteng and completed my BSc, BSc Honours and MSc in Microbiology at the University of Pretoria. My studies focused on establishing a high-throughput sequencing-based diagnostic system for the detection of grapevine viruses. My fascination with viruses and their diagnosis led me to BRU at the University of Cape Town, with their new and exciting approaches to serological reagent and vaccine development.
Working under the supervision of Prof. Ed Rybicki and Dr Ann Meyers, my PhD is focused on the expression of the West Nile Virus NS1 and prM-E genes as reagents for serological detection and VLPs as a candidate vaccine in N. benthamiana.