Professor Flavia Huygens

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Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis Research Group Leader

Ph.D (University of Pretoria), MMedSci (Medical Microbiology) (University of Pretoria), Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Queensland), BSc(Agric) Microbiology (University of Pretoria)

Research theme: Environment, FoodHealth
Research discipline: Cell and Molecular Biosciences
Research areas
Bioinformatics approach to microbial source tracking in environmental water: Application of the “Minimum SNPs” data mining software program as a genetic fingerprinting tool used to track microbial populations in water sources.
High-resolution DNA-melt analysis as a genetic fingerprinting tool to classify bacterial populations: Analysis of tandem-repeat DNA sequences and single-nucleotide polymorphisms present in bacterial genomes by high-resolution melt analysis.
Molecular characterisation of intestinal micro-organisms associated with Crohn’s disease: Real-time quantitative PCR analysis of microbial organisms present in patients diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
Microbial Genotyping Sub-Program Cooperative Research Centre for Diagnostics: Application of the software program “Minimum SNPs” to identify sets of highly informative single nucleotide polymorphisms present in comparative genomic databases of bacterial organisms. Genetic fingerprinting of Staphylococcus aureus using highly informative (high D-value) single nucleotide polymorphisms.
Areas of expertise

  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Novel antimicrobial agents

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