- I am passionate about making a difference. Organized and results-driven professional with industry experience looking for a position where l will apply my knowledge and experience and continually learn.
- I value the importance of teamwork and training others.

Experience

  • Senior Researcher

    at Agriprotein

    April 2019 - at Present

    Province of the Western Cape

    - Solving industry problems through conducting research to provide sustainable and profitable solutions - Communicated and responded to the needs of the medical, food and agro-industries through awareness of current literature and new techniques, anticipating diagnostic needs, and training a self-directed team - Drug discovery projects: AMP assays, probiotic testing, microbial profiling of feed - Product quality testing: HPLC, GCMS data analysis and interpretation - Breeding: Maintaining the genetic diversity insect populations - Co-ordinating and co/supervising postgraduate students - ISO quality assurance systems: Technical signatory (ISO 17025: 2017) - Manage collaborations with current and new academic institutions - Managing services to Quality Control and Operations related to bacterial contaminates, antimicrobial screening and genetic health - Managing a research team and laboratory - Budgeting, managing stock and ordering consumables

  • Research fellow

    at Agricultural Research Council

    February 2016 - March 2019

    Province of the Western Cape

    - Communicated and responded to the needs of the medical, food, fruit and wine industry through awareness of current literature and new techniques, anticipating diagnostic needs, and training a self-directed team. - Identified new business opportunities and new product design options - Co-ordinated and managed GCMS, HPLC research unit - Work Integrated Learning Coordinator, sourcing talented postgraduate students - Supervised junior researchers and postgraduate students - Wrote successful project proposals that received funding - Wrote project reports - Disseminated information in Conferences and workshops

  • Research fellow

    at Stellenbosch University

    January 2013 - February 2016

    Province of the Western Cape

    - Successfully conducted Biotechnology research project (Molecular Biology of Yeast and fermentation technology) - Solve industry problems - To identify new business opportunities and product design options - Designed projects aimed at providing solutions to the industry - Supervised and provided mentorship and training for postgraduate students and junior researchers - Wrote project proposals which received funding for both travel and research - Wrote project reports for industry funders - Presented in both scientific and non-scientific conferences and workshops

Education

  • Leadership and management

    at IBM school of Management

    2019 - 2019 (1 year)

  • ISO17025:2017

    at Michem Dynamics

    2019 - 2019 (1 year) Province of the Western Cape

  • Science Communication

    at Stellenbosch University

    2015 - 2016 (1 year)

  • Project Management

    at University of Cape Town

    2015 - 2015 (1 year)

  • PhD Biotechnology

    at Stellenbosch University

    2009 - 2012 (3 years) Province of the Western Cape

  • Masters in Biochemistry

    at Fort Hare University

    2006 - 2008 (2 years) Eastern Cape

Languages

  • English Native

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