THE ACGT DATABASE

The ACGT database is a compilation of biosciences research skills, techniques and specialised equipment of scientists at the University of Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, CSIR, University of Johannesburg and the Agricultural Research Council. ACGT is instrumental in creating an awareness of the regional research activities and programmes. It was created to stimulate coordination of research efforts between the partner institutions and provide a platform for future collaborations.

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Research Field Name Research Field Description
Malaria protein molecular modelling, rational drug design, target identification, Anti-malarials, anti-retrovirals
Immunology Medical immunology inflammation, infection, diagnosis, treatment
HIV Protein binding kinetics, structure/conformation analysis, drug resistance, protein biochemistry
TB Homologous recombination, DNA glycosidase, DNA repair, drug development, drug resistance, Biosensors, antibodies
HBV Hepatitis B virus
Cancer Cytogenetics, metastasis, signal transduction, biomarkers
Cardiovascular metabolic syndrome, platelet function, hypertension, surgical interventions
Genetics Population genetics, Genetic variation, Gene flow, gene expression, genome analysis, genome sequencing
Food science antioxidant activity, nutraceuticals, functional foods, starch, Food Processing, food preservation
Microbiology and Biotechnology Molecular techniques, bacteriology, expression systems, molecular biology techniques, bioleaching
Rift Valley Fever RNAi, RNA induced TGS, viral vectors, siRNA libraries, high throughput screens
Diabetes polycystic ovary syndrome, obesity, type II diabetes, molecular biology
Rheumatoid arthritis free radicals, DNA damage, SNP, mRNA expression
Neuropathology / Neurophysiology Neuropathic, neuropathy, pain, stress
Cell biology Wound healing, herbal remedies, Histology, developmental biology
Plant biosciences Medicinal plants, Natural product chemistry, transformation, Resistance of plant pathogens, Screening of cultivars
Animal biotechnology Epidemiology, Parasitology, Pest control, Vaccine development , Feed development
Enzymology Enzyme Immobilisation, Industrial Enzymes, Bioremediation, Biohydrometallurgy
Bioengineering Biophysics, Ultrafast spectroscopy, Photosynthesis
Pharmacology Experimental Immunopharmacology, drug development
Chemistry Polymer research, organic materials, analytical chemistry
Physics Metals, magnetism, electronic transport, magnetic fields
Regenerative medicine tissue engineering, stem cells, progenitor cells (cell therapies), cell cultivation
Medical Microbiology Virology, bacteriology, phylogenetics, fungi, parasites, pathogenesis, epidemiology
Biosafety General Biosafety
Bioprocessing Bacterial expression systems for heterologous protein/peptide production
Plant pathology
Proteomics Peptides, proteomics, Drug discovery, proteomes,
Evolutionary Medicine Evolutionary Medicine investigates fundemental questions in molecular and cell biology and applies these advances to our understnading of human disease
Structural Biology Structural biology is a branch of molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics concerned with the molecular structure of biological macromolecules, especially proteins and nucleic acids, how they acquire the structures they have, and how alterations in their structures affect their function.
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