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The Plant Holobiont Lab at Stellenbosch University is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our community. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the success of our research and education mission, and we strive to create a climate where everyone can thrive.

 

We are committed to increasing representation and supporting the success of underrepresented groups in the field of plant science, including but not limited to individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; LGBTQ+ individuals; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

 

We recognize that diversity, equity, and inclusion are ongoing efforts, and we are committed to continuous learning and improvement in these areas. If you have any suggestions or concerns about our EDI efforts, please do not hesitate to contact us. Together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable community.

Itumeleng Moroenyane

Principal Investigator

Itumeleng is a plant scientist focusing on how interactions between microbes and their plant host are acted upon by evolutionary processes. His current work focuses on understanding which assembly processes are delimiting the plant microbiome, as well as the evolutionary history of niche shifts and stability. This work will contribute to our understanding of how plant microbiomes are assembled and maintained, and more importantly, offer a new perspective on the hologenome theory of evolution.

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Megan Mathese

Lab Manager and Lead Technical officer

Megan Mathese, the proficient Technical Officer of The Plant Holobiont Lab. With her strong background in Genetics from the University of Stellenbosch, she skillfully oversees all aspects of lab management, ensuring smooth operations. Megan's expertise and meticulous approach drive the cutting-edge research at the lab, contributing to groundbreaking discoveries in the field of plant holobiont studies. Her dedication and knowledge make her an invaluable asset to the team.

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Bevan Van Der Rheeder

Technical assistance

Bevan is the Technical Assistant in The Plant Holobiont Lab. Bevan is a valuable member of our academic community and provides technical support to undergraduate and postgraduate students during practicals and research projects, ensuring they run seamlessly. Bevan also trains postgraduate students to use specialised equipment, fostering a culture of technical competence and skill acquisition. His contributions enhance the efficiency and efficacy of educational and research pursuits within our plant holobiont science community.

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Michelle Chidavaenzi
Intern 2023

Project: Soybean Culture Collection

Current Role: BSc. (Hons) Genetics

Olianda Zhuwawo

Inter 2023

Project: Soybean Stress Physiology

Current Role: BSc. (Hons) Plant and Soil Science

Chadwin Lindt

Project: Soybean Stress Physiology

Current Role: Transition to industry

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We are looking for you...

Plant enthusiasts, apply now to join our lab studying the plant holobiont! Explore the complex interactions between plants, microbes and their environment. Hands-on experience, collaborations and career development opportunities available. Apply now and take the next step in your plant biology career! #GradStudent #PlantHolobiontLab #ResearchOpportunities"

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