To whom it may concern

I believe in being of an interdisciplinary nature, not just because this nurtures innovation,
but also because this is essential in these modern times. As a result, my interest stretches
from computers sciences and business economics to biological sciences.

Ricardo

Experience

  • National Research Foundation Internship

    at University of Cape Town (The Research Office)

    April 2017 - March 2018

    Province of the Western Cape

    This forms part of the NRF 2017 internship program, in addition to contractual employment at the University of Cape Town. At the research office, we provide support to postgraduate students and academics, whether it be through funding opportunities, publication support or ad hoc administrative tasks. Further, we process paperwork for several national and international grants, from sources such as the government, parastatals and private organizations.

  • Genetics mentor

    at Stellenbosch University (Department of Genetics)

    February 2016 - June 2016

    Province of the Western Cape

    Acting as a mentor and tutor for 18 second-year students in genetics 214. This entailed covering course work and helping with hard to grasp concepts and calculations.

  • Invigilator

    at Stellenbosch University (Examinations office)

    June 2014 - June 2016

    Province of the Western Cape

    Acting as an invigilator during exams. This entailed being present and vigilant during exams to make sure proper rules are followed and exams sessions are completed successfully.

  • Student assistant

    at Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG), Stellenbosch

    March 2012 - October 2012

    Province of the Western Cape

    Assisting post-graduate students and staff with miscellaneous tasks ranging from the setup and maintenance of equipment to assist in research experiment procedures.

Education

  • PhD Genetics at the Institute for Plant Biotechnology - Discontinued

    at Stellenbosch University

    2018 - 2018 (1 year) Province of the Western Cape

  • Project management

    at National Research Foundation in association with African Advisors

    2017 - 2017 (1 year) Province of the Western Cape

  • Confident public speaking

    at Stellenbosch University

    2016 - 2016 (1 year) Province of the Western Cape

  • MSc Biotechnology at the Institute for Plant Biotechnology

    at Stellenbosch University

    2015 - 2016 (1 year) Province of the Western Cape

  • Intermediate bioinformatics course

    at Stellenbosch University in association with KU Leuven University

    2015 - 2015 (1 year) Province of the Western Cape

  • BSc Honours at the Institute for Plant Biotechnology

    at Stellenbosch University

    2014 - 2014 (1 year) Province of the Western Cape

  • BSc molecular biology and biotechnology

    at Stellenbosch University

    2011 - 2013 (2 years) Province of the Western Cape

Services offered

  • Biotechnology

    Majors: Bioinformatics orientated biomedical biotechnology and dissertation in
    Biotechnology

    Sulfoconjugated polysaccharides (SPs) from macro red algae are known to display various
    bioactivities e.g. antioxidant, antibacterial, anticoagulant, anti-tumorigenic and anti-viral
    properties. Further, structural studies have determined the bioactivities observed for algal
    SPs is largely depended on the sulfate content and sulfoconjugation pattern present on the
    sugar backbone. However, to date, macro red algal sulfotransferases i.e. the enzymes
    responsible for attaching sulfate to the sugar backbone, have not been isolated and
    characterized. Using a high throughput next-generation RNA-sequencing approach, I
    assembled and annotated a draft algal transcriptome and subsequently identifying 18
    putative sulfotransferase coding sequences. Three displayed the characteristic amino acid
    motif of carbohydrate sulfotransferases i.e. the sulfotransfer_2 catalytic domain. One open
    reading frame (ORF) has subsequently been isolated and cloned.

  • Microbiology

    Majors: Plant genetic engineering and physiology, Genetics: molecular techniques and
    Integrated plant metabolism

    There exists a gap in the commercial market for longer galactose containing
    oligosaccharides. Here we aimed to fill this gap by isolating novel glycoside hydrolases
    (which are able to produce these galactose containing oligosaccharides with a higher
    degree of polymerization) through a metagenomic approach enabled by phagemid library
    creation and functional screening

  • Molecular Biology

    Majors: Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology

    My undergraduate studies included extensive background literature on microbiology,
    biochemistry, biotechnology and genetics. This theoretical foundation was supplemented
    and tested through practical experimentation, on a weekly basis.

Languages

  • Afrikaans Native

  • English Native

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