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Dr Mariette Smart

Research Officer

mariette.smart@uct.ac.za
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6696-6797
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariette-smart-715b2189/

Bioprocessing options for platinum group elements ores.
Integrated mineral technologies for more sustainable raw material supply.
Microbial analyses of flotation waters and minerals.
BIOX culture dynamics and performance.
Next generation sequencing and metagenomic analysis for mixed microbial communities involved in sulphur metabolism

My research interests focus on the involvement and influence of microbes on various aspects of industrially operated processes. By performing microbial community analyses and activity tests on samples from industrial biologically assisted metal recovery processes and performing fundamental experiments on these microorganisms we gain an understanding of the health of these microbiological systems. This allows us to advise operating conditions for improved performance. Further research focusses on the influence of microbes on the environment and non-biologically catalysed industrial processes. I also actively research biological methods of waste treatment for value recovery including the removal of pathogens and remediation of metals from wastes and waste waters to allow the safe repurposing of these.


Current Supervision Doctorate              4                                    
Graduated Supervision Doctorate        n/a         
Current Supervision Masters                6                                    
Graduated Supervision Masters           5             

In refereed Journals                                  8                                    
In refereed Books                                     1             
In refereed Conference Proceedings       3                                    
Presented at International Conferences  7             
Technical Reports                                   4                                    
Patents                                                  n/a         

Professional History

Oct 2018– present  Research Officer, Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research, University of Cape Town
Jan – Sept 2018      Principle Technical Officer, Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research, University of Cape Town
2014 – 2017          Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research, University of Cape Town
2011 – 2013          Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Metagenomics and Microbial Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape
Aug – Sept 2012
                        Visiting lecturer Rhodes University, Department of Botany and Zoology, Teaching of ‘Plant Metabolism’ module
Jan – June 2009     Scientific Officer, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town, Introduction to Microbiology course
June – July 2000     Research Assistant, Department of Botany and Zoology, University of Stellenbosch

Awards

2020                  Building Research Active Academic Staff Award, University of Cape Town
2019                  Research Development Grant, University of Cape Town
2012                  NRF Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Scholarship
2007                  NRF Scarce Skills Doctoral Scholarship
2003                  NRF Prestigious Masters Scholarship

Qualifications

2012                  PhD Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town
2004                  MSc Plant Biotechnology, University of Stellenbosch
2002                  BSc Honours Plant Biotechnology (Cum laude), University of Stellenbosch
2001                  BSc Plant Biotechnology, University of Stellenbosch