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Sholto's Canada trip

29 June 2022- 16 October 2022

Sholto was awarded the MITACs Globalink award which enabled him to go to any Canadian university with a professor that was willing to take me. Sholto chose Prof Angus McQuibban who has a lab that uses cell and Drosophila based techniques to quantify and define mitophagy. While Sholto was there he used HeLa cells with the MitoQC probe to look at the mitophagy changes brought about by my drug treatment. He also learnt how to handle fruit flies as well as how to dissect their brains and look at it under a microscope. The fruit flies also made good Alzheimer's disease models and helped us to better understand how my drug might help against the disease.

Uganda trip

September 2022


Professor Loos and one of his PhD students, Nicola Vahrmeijer took a trip to Uganda. During their stay, they met up with collaborators and visited sites where post mortem tissue samples would be collected in order to investigate TB in lymph nodes

Research visit at RAL
28 June – 30 July 2019


Dr André du Toit and Jurgen Kriel (PhD student) had the great opportunity of traveling to the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratories in Oxford (UK) for a research visit, allowing them to build a custom light-sheet microscope. There they were able to gain some hands on experience with 3D dual single molecule localisation microscopy (SMLM)!

Fame Lab 2019 


Jurgen Kriel, a PhD student in our group, was brave enough to enter this year's FameLab 2019 science communication competition. Having only 3 minutes to communicate his research to a public audience, Jurgen managed to win the prize for audience favourite. Well done Jurgen for teaching the public the importance of autophagy! Read more here. 

Going the extra mile 


“You can't get extraordinary results through ordinary effort. You need to go the extra mile. Be resilient and find that one motivation that keeps you going." This is the advice Claudia Ntsapi gave after obtaining her PhD. As a former SciMathUS student, she has shown the importance of hard work and dedication. Congratulations Dr. Ntsapi! Read more here

Community outreach


The NRG team attended HackFest 2018, an initiative by WeCode24, with the aim to display the fun aspects of science and technology to high school learners. Our VR-system was a big hit, and allowed us to present biology in a creative and interactive way. Watch the video here.

From the lab to the runway 


One of our Masters students, Akile Khoza, competed in the annual Miss South Africa beauty pageant this year. We are extremely proud of her for making it through to the top 12.  On the official Miss SA website, Akile was quoted as saying: “I want to be a vessel of hope and a symbol of beauty that transcends deeper than physical beauty." Read more here.

Anything can be micropatterned 

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André du Toit, our resident micropatterning guru, has been at it again. This time patterning cells in the shape of our group logo! Growing cells on micropatterned grids has proven to be highly effective for high throughput image analysis, as it decreases statistical variance in organellar structures by keeping the cellular morphology constant. We have recently found that it seems to have an effect on intracellular cargo trafficking (watch this space for the publication). It is also an extremely fun technique once you manage to get it right.    

Entering the world of VR


Thanks to a unique collaboration with Prof Niesler, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, we have recently  acquired a virtual reality (VR) ready analysis station to get as close as possible to our samples. Although the lines between work and play are getting blurred, we are now able to extract unique and custom-designed data, in a highly controlled 3-dimensional data space. A wind of change in sample interrogation is about to come.  

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