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Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University

I am a Associate Professor within the Institute for Plant Biotechnology, which is part of the Genetics department at Stellenbosch University. Originally form the UK I completed my PhD in 1996 and then worked in Germany and Denmark before relocating to South Africa in 2004.

Most of my research examines sugar metabolism which I try to manipulate to either make plants grow better under stress conditions, or to make them synthesize improved products for industry. I also work on cannabis, trying to improve varieties for South African growers.


  • 2017–2022
    Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University
  • 2004–2017
    Senior Researcher, Stellenbosch University
  • 2002–2004
    Researcher, Riso National Laboratory
  • 1996–2002
    Postdoc, Max Plank Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology
  • 1992–1996
    PhD Student, John Innes Center


  • 1996 
    University of East Anglia, PhD