• STUDY OPPORTUNITY - NRF

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    The Nanobiotechnology Research Group in the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape herewith invites potential students to enrol for an NRF-funded PhD or MSc degree to develop drug delivery systems for obesity. If interested, you may start either in the second semester of 2019 or the beginning of January 2020.

     

     

    Research background:

    Obesity is a complex metabolic disease that poses serious public health problems worldwide. It is a risk factor for various life threatening chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, hypertension, dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis and osteoarthritis. Treatment of obesity using anti-obesity drugs, is limited by their non-specificity, and most of them have been withdrawn from the market due to severe adverse side effects. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the development of safe and effective drugs and treatment approaches in order to curb the obesity epidemic.

    Our lab and others have shown that inhibiting angiogenesis by targeting a protein expressed on dysfunctional cells lining the blood vessels represents a promising strategy for obesity treatment. However, this strategy is limited by the use of only one targeting peptide. Thus, we want to discover other novel, specific and selective targeting agents to use for obesity treatment.

     

    Research project:

    An in vivo model of obesity will be used to isolate potential targeting molecules. These agents will further be validated in cell culture for use as active targeting agents for obesity treatment. The selected agents will then be used to develop drug delivery systems for obesity treatment.

     

    Studentships:

    Studentships (MSc and PhD) with bursary funding for South African citizens are available. Experience in either cell biology, histology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacy or molecular biology (especially PCR) is required.

     

    Interested students must contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP, by providing a CV, application letter, ID copy and transcripts.

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  • STUDY OPPORTUNITY - THRIP

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    The Nanobiotechnology Research Group in the Biotechnology Department at the University of the University of the Western Cape herewith invites potential students to enrol for THRIP-funded PhD or MSc degree to develop nano-enabled wound dressing for chronic wounds and burns. If interested, you may start either in the second semester of 2019, or the beginning of January 2020.

     

     

     

     Research background:

    An effective and complete process of wound healing is critical for the general well-being of patients, including burn victims and people living with diabetes. Current clinical treatments of wounds and ulcers, including topical antimicrobial agents, while useful, are ineffective against resistant microorganisms. The increasing prevalence of burns and chronic wounds raises the need for development of novel antimicrobial and wound healing agents that do not suffer the same fate. Recent development in nanotechnology for medical and pharmaceutical applications provide great opportunities for improving chronic wound treatments.

     

    Research project:

    Our lab intends to use nanotechnology and plant biodiversity for the production of nanoparticles, and study their cellular and molecular effects during wound healing, in order to improve future therapeutic interventions. In turn, these novel nanotechnology-based materials will be incorporated in advanced medical devices. The incumbent student will participate in industry-related development activities for the production of the nano-enabled devices.

     

    Studentships:

    Studentships (MSc and PhD) with bursary funding for South African citizens are available for 3 years. Experience in either nanotechnology, cell biology, histology, biochemistry, microbiology or molecular biology is required.

    Interested students must contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP, by providing a CV, application letter, ID copy and transcripts.

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  • SASM2020

    Save the Date SASM2020

    We have the pleasure to announce the next South African Society of Microbiology (SASM) conference will be held at the University of the Free State in early October 2020.

    Do not miss this opportunity to present your current research!

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Welcome to SASM

Welcome to the website of the South African Society for Microbiology (SASM)

SASM is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences in South Africa. Its members comprise microbiologists employed in universities, institutes, industry and government as well as student and corporate members. SASM has grown remarkably during the last four years and currently has over 600 members. Eligibility to become a full member of the Society is open to any person who holds at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent in microbiology or related field. Students majoring in microbiology are encouraged to sign up as student members.

Objectives of the society

  • to promote the professional interests of microbiologists, to improve the standing of the profession and to uphold the dignity of an honourable profession;
  • to act as official and representative mouthpiece of members of the profession;
  • to create a channel by means of which the authorities may gauge the opinion of the profession regarding matters directly or indirectly affecting the profession;
  • to promote high academic standards in the training of microbiologists and to proffer advice in this regard;
  • to advise on the professional assessment of microbiologists;
  • to receive and administer membership fees, other funds and donations for the furtherance of the general or specific objects of the Society;
  • to lay down such rules as are deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the Society and the achievement of its various objects;
  • to make awards;
  • to further knowledge in the various microbiological disciplines and all areas in which it may be applied and to create channels of communication between members who share common interests;
  • to promote affiliation with related scientific societies in South Africa and similar scientific societies beyond our borders;
  • to collect and disseminate information on microbiology.