Mr Eugene Kabwe
I obtained a BSc(Hons) degree in Genetics in 2017. My project focused on the functional characterisation of a protein of unknown function in Arabidopsis thaliana that was predicted to be involved in biomass accumulation. I performed phenotypic assessment of knock-out A. thaliana lines as well as computational prediction analyses.
My Masters research focuses on the gray leaf spot disease in maize. This disease causes rectangular shaped lesions in maize leaves that causes premature death and eventual yield loss. The disease is caused by the pathogenic fungus Cercospora zeina in South Africa. During infection of maize plants, the pathogen secretes proteins that are involved in pathogenicity. I aim to identify these secreted proteins from the C. zeina genome using bioinformatics tools.