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Light Sheet microscope 

                    March 2023

After lots of hardwork and troublehshooting, we are pleased to finally announce the completion of our new light sheet microscope. This was built and modified with the help of collaborators at the department of Engineering, namely, Dr Gurthwin Bosman, and PhD student Imraan Badrodien

Congratulations Sinnead!

September 2022


Sinnead won 2 awards at the 2022 PSSA:  Best Innovative Method and Wyndham 3rd place

Welcome back to the lab, team NRG 
Aug. 2020

The team has kicked off the 2nd semester back in the department and back in the lab. Looking forward to a successful 2020. Congratulations to everyone for hanging in there and working hard on your exams, manuscripts and publications during the lockdown!

Celebrating Dumi's international PhD graduation ceremony !

20 April 2020

"Ballgowns and dinner jackets"

With the help of Dr Lucy Collins, the team was able to congratulate Dumi and her achievements during a surprise international graduation ceremony that was held online with our colleagues from The Francis Crick Institute!

Congratulations Dumi and Sholto !!! 


This year (2020) NRG celebrates the accomplishment of Dr Dumi Lumkwana who defended her thesis on "'The role of spermidine and rilmenidine on autophagic flux in in vitro and ex vivo model systems of Alzheimer’s disease".


Mr Sholto de Wet completed his MSc and delivered an outstanding defense of his thesis on "‘Precision autophagy control and toxic protein cargo flux in model systems of Alzheimer’s disease". Sholto has re-joined the group as our new PhD candidate and we are excited to embark on this journey with him. Congratulations Sholto!

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NRG in India

23-26 Oct 2019

NRG presented a bio-imaging workshop, 'Embracing Industrial Revolution 4.0 - Bio-imaging Trends and Application in Life Sciences' in India, JSS Science and Technology University, Mysuru. We presented the latest techniques in cell imaging, data analysis and machine learning, AND instructed in hands-on practicals on data analysis and machine learning. Dr André du Toit, Prof Ben Loos and Dr Rensu Theart received ceremonial attire as a form of gratitude for their time and effort from the organising committee during the closing ceremony. Following the completion of the workshop, they (NRG group) further engaged the community with JSS Science and Technology University, inviting students and teachers from neighbouring schools to partake in the virtual reality showcase, where they were submerged in a world of cells and allowed to explore cellular organelles.​

Seeing is believing in Heidelberg

09-12 Oct 2019

Jurgen presented a poster at the biannual international microscopy conference at the European Molecular Biology Laboratories (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. The conference, "Seeing is believing-imaging the molecular processes of life." focused on the latest advancements in microscopy, with keynote lectures by two Nobel prize laureates (Stefan Hell and W.E. Moerner).

Congratulations Jurgen for presenting a poster titled "Inducing lethal autophagy in brain cancer- novel insights gained through microscopy",  at the EMBL conference!

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