Marnus du Plooy
Research Interest: I was born and raised in Bloemfontein, a city just about right in the middle of South Africa, and obtained my Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science Honours as well as Master of Science degrees at the University of the Free State in the same city. The short research project for my honours degree involved examining yeasts of the genus Saccharomyces with a transmission electron microscope to look for transparent regions in the cytoplasm. Our research group thought these transparent regions might be carbon dioxide bubbles and wanted to compare bubble-formation by commercial yeasts with bubbles in non-conventional yeasts. For my master’s degree, I shifted my research to the pathogenic yeast Cryptococcus neoformans. My research included using CRISPR-Cas9 to delete genes involved in 3-hydroxy fatty acid production to see what their role is during infection.
Personal Interests: I spend most of my time on reading, especially forums and books on science and technology. I also like mountain biking, making digital art and playing video games.
Publications List: Du Plooy, L. M., Sebolai, O. M., Pohl, C. H., & Albertyn, J. (2018). Functional characterization of cryptococcal genes: then and now. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 2263. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.02263