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Dr Nodumo Zulu

Research Officer 

Production of thermostable phycocyanin in a commercial strain Spirulina
Facilitating oil secretion in endemic South African microalgae towards the production of omega 3

Areas of research interest include Algal Biotechnology, Anaerobic Digestion, Bioremediation and Fermentation Technology. In these areas I have worked with bacteria, yeast, microalgae and plants as model organisms in developing product and processes with applications in various sectors.

Current Supervision Doctorate                  1                                     
Graduated Supervision Doctorate              n/a             
Current Supervision Masters                      4                                    
Graduated Supervision Masters                 n/a             

In refereed Journals                                   5                                                             
Presented at International Conferences     4                
Technical Reports                                      1                                     
Patents                                                     1                 

Professional History

2018 - Present         Junior Research Fellow, CeBER, University of Cape Town
2018                         Research Scientist, MBD Industries, Queensland, Australia
2013-2017                PhD Candidate, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
2011-2013                 Bioprocessing Scientist, CSIR Biosciences, Pretoria, South Africa
2007-2011                MSc Intern, CSIR Biosciences, Pretoria, South Africa


2020                        NRF Thuthuka funding, University of Cape Town
2019                         Department of Science and Innovation project funding, University of Cape Town
2013                         ITN Marie Marie Skłodowska-Curie Scholarship, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany
2013                      Massachusetts-South African Technology Fellowship program, South Africa Partners & Bentley University, Boston, USA
2009                        NRF MSc Scholarship, University of Cape Town
2007                        NRF BSc Honours Scholarship, University of Johannesburg
 2006                       CSIR Team Excellence Award: Biosciences, Pretoria. Team: D. Maharaj, N. Zulu, C. Yenkenswamy and R. Lalloo


2017                         PhD Plant Biochemistry, Georg-August Universität Göttingen
2011                         MSc Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town
2007                        BSc Honours Biochemistry, University of Johannesburg
2005                        National Diploma Biotechnology, Durban University of Technology