Recent Visitors to the Institute:
Dr. Donatella de Pascale
The Ocean Medicines leader Dr. Donatella de Pascale visited IMBM for a week in September 2017 and presented on their work at the Institute of Protein Biochemistry towards the discovery of novel therapeutic agents from extremophilic microorganisms. The presentation titled “From North Sea to Antarctica: discovering a world of new compounds” was delivered at a gathering of the Royal Society of South Africa as well as at the UWC Science Faculty Academic week.
Dr Valeria di Dato
As part of the Ocean Medicines program Dr. Valeria di Dato, from the Institute for Protein Biochemistry in Italy, visited IMBM for 3 months starting early July 2017. Her project entails the sequencing and analysis of the micro algae Thalassiosira rotula genome to look for potential secondary metabolite pathways and characterizing some of the enzymes identified.
Dr. Pietro Tedesco
As part of the Ocean Medicines program Dr. Pietro Tedesco, from the Institute for Protein Biochemistry in Italy, visited IMBM for 6 months starting early July 2016. The main aim of his visit was to pick up techniques for cloning of large secondary metabolite pathways, as well as the heterologous expression of genes involved with production of novel antibacterial rhamnolipids. Sequencing of the genomes of several bacteria isolated and studied by their group by IMBM prior to his arrival enabled the bioinformatic identification of secondary metabolite pathways and rhamnolipid genes responsible. While here he fully immersed himself in IMBM culture, even winning the IMBM birthday bake-off !!
South Africa – Algeria student exchange November 2013
Mr. Ali Zineddine Boumehira visits IMBM on a 6 week exchange
Project Title : Development of analytical and biological methods for screening of bioactive compounds produced by microorganisms isolated from Algerian Sahara Desert.
Who am I :
I am currently a PhD Student at University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene (USTHB, Algiers, Algeria), and Permanent Researcher at the Algerian Centre for Scientific Research in Physical and Chemical Analysis.
My PhD thesis and my work at the center consist in the development of analytical and biological methods for screening of bioactive compounds produced by microorganisms of particular ecosystems, essentially Algerian Sahara Desert.
Also I have a State Engineer in bioengineering from University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene (USTHB, Algiers, Algeria), and Masters Degree in Fundamental and Applied Microbiology from University of Oran. Algeria (2010).
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof Alan Dobson January 2013
Prof Alan Dobson, (Director of the Environmental Research Institute Microbiology Department at University College Cork in Ireland) visited IMBM in January 2013. He delivered a presentation titled “Genomic and metagenomic strategies to identify novel biotechnological relevant bioactivities from marine and terrestrial environments”. In collaboration with Prof. Tuffin, Prof. Dobson is part of the EU funded PharmaSea initiative.