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Green Chemistry

In contrast to standard chemical processes, the use of microorganisms or enzymes to produce chemicals, facilitates bio-processes that:

  • produce less pollution or clean up pollution
  • use renewable feed stocks
  • are more energy-efficient
  • are more specific

Research Groups

Environmental Microbiology

Biocatalysis and Structural Biology


Human and Animal Health

A disease is an abnormal condition that negatively affects the quality of life led by the afflicted subject, whether human or animal. In worse cases, death may result. Importantly, a disease may be a result of internal dysfunction (i.e. non-infectious conditions like diabetes) or may be caused by an external factor such as microorganisms colonising a host body (i.e. infectious conditions like tuberculosis).

Therefore, understanding the biology of pathogenic microorganisms as well as the biochemistry of certain non-infectious conditions will undoubtedly improve treatment and lead to a better quality of life. This will also assist us in developing the next generation of diagnostic tools, vaccines and treatments to better control disease.

Research Groups

Molecular Virology

Clinical Biochemistry

Veterinary Biotechnology

Pathogenic Yeast Research

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Safe and Novel Food Products and Processes

The food industry in South Africa is a highly dynamic industry, which offers excellent opportunities for researchers interested in the safe and novel food products. Food related research in the Department focuses on:

  • Biochemical/chemical changes during food processing
  • Product and process development and improvement
  • Microbial spoilage and safety of food
  • Quality aspects of processed food


Research Groups

Milk Biochemistry

Mushroom Research

Meat Science and Technology

Microbial Food Safety and Food Spoilage

Sensory Analysis and Product Development

Plant Food Processing - Fruit and Vegetables


Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531

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