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Bioprospecting Programme at Univen

Student Traning Opportunities for 2010

The Bioprospecting platform offers stipend to self-motivated, dedicated B.Sc graduates who want  to pursue  postgraduate degree namely, B.Sc. Honours, M.Sc. and PhD in Univen. Postdoctoral candidates (Virology & Natural Product Chemistry) are also invited.

Prospective students should be interested to do research in one of the following focus areas:

Focus Area Supervisor

Viral genetics and bioassay development.

Prof. Pascal Bessong

Immunomodulatory and properties of medicinal  plants.

Dr Samie Amidou


Mr Peter Tshisikhawe
Ethnobotany Mr Ndivhaleni Masevhe
Ethnobotany Ms Mary Mogashoa (University of Limpopo, Turfloop campus)
Natural Product Chemistry/Total synthesis Prof. Teuns van Ree
Natural Product Chemistry/Total synthesis Prof Isaiah Ramaite
Natural Product Chemistry Dr Ladislaus Mdee (University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus)
Analytical chemistry Mr Paul Mojapelo.

Computational Chemistry

Prof. Lillian Mammino

Yearly stipend available:
Bsc Honours    :        R  25 000.00 p/a
M.Sc.                  :        R  45 000.00 p/a
PhD                     :        R  84 000.00 p/a
Postdoc             :        R200 000. 00 p/a
For more information contact:

1.Prof Pascal Bessong (Principal investigator)

Office no       : 170 (Science building, Ground floor)
Tel no.(w)     : +27 15 962 8301
Cell no.          : +27 73 798 5920
Email             :

2. Ms. Suzan Sathekge (Project Administrator)

Office no: 178 (Science building, Ground floor)
Tel no.(w)     : +27 15 962 8335
Cell no.          : +27 71 158 6460
Email              :