University of the Western Cape

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Prof. Marla Trindade (Tuffin)

DST/NRF SARChI, Research Chair in Microbial Genomics Director of IMBM: Institute for Microbial Biotechnology & Metagenomics

The Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics is a leading research unit based within the Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape. IMBM is committed to being a globally competitive institute through excellence in research and in the training of future research leaders, and hosts the DST/NRF SARChI research chair in Microbial Genomics. Professor Marla Trindade, as the research chair holder and Director, heads the Institute which comprises a team of over 45 researchers and staff.

The research interests within the Institute include Environmental and Plant Microbiology, Metagenomics, Applied Microbial Genomics, Nanotechnology, Marine Biotechnology, Enzymology and Structural Biology. IMBM researchers employ and develop modern and leading-edge technologies for metagenomic gene discovery and molecular ecology research. We have extensive skill in the cloning, expression, and recovery of heterologous genes, strain and protein engineering and in comparative genomics. IMBM is accommodated in the modern Life Sciences building providing state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and technologies., equipped with the technology and skill to conduct detailed physical and functional characterization of novel microorganisms, enzymes and activities. With the Proteomics and Next Generation Sequencing Facilities available as services, we are ideally positioned for “omics” research. For further information please visit our website: