Prof Martie Smit
Microbiology and Biochemistry
BTG 52
IB 61

Short CV


Academic Departmental Head, UFS (2015 - 2018)

Professor in Microbiology, UFS (2002 – present)

Associate Professor in Microbiology, UFS (1998 - 2001)

Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, UFS (1994 - 1998)

Academic qualifications and further training

Aug. 1991 - June 1993: Ph.D. ( Microbiology), U.O.F.S.

July 1988 - Nov. 1989: Post doctoral research, Prof. D. Ferreira, Chemistry Dept., U.O.F.S.

June 1987 - May 1988: Post doctoral research, Dr. D.H. Williams, University Chemical Laboratory, Cambridge University, England.

Jan. 1983 - Dec. 1986: Ph.D.(Organic Chemistry), Rand Afrikaans University.

Jan. 1981 – Dec. 1981: M.Sc.(Organic Chemistry)(cum laude), Rand Afrikaans University

Jan. 1980 – Dec. 1980: B.Sc.Hons. (Chemistry)(cum laude), Rand Afrikaans University.

1977 to 1979: B.Sc. (Chemistry and Mathematics )(cum laude), Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg

Research Projects

2005 – 2019: The Nature and Mechanism of Oxygenases running in the Paraffin Activation Programme of the UCT based Centre of Excellence in Catalysis

2013: Validation of a process for the production of an aroma chemical - contract research project for Puris Natural Aroma Chemicals

2012-2013: Alkene and alkane functionalization by cytochrome P450 monooxygenases and Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases - funded by SASOL

2007 – 2011: Set-up of a Directed Evolution System for Hydroxylating Enzymes IRDP – NRF & UFS High Throughput Biology Research Niche Area

2008 – 2009: A 3D-MCSIS database for cytochrome P450 monooxygenases – funded by the SA National Bioinformatics Network.

2007-2009: Collaboration on the development of self-sufficient P450 based hydroxylation biocatalysts SA-Germany collaboration under the NRF Key International Science Capacity (KISC) Initiative

2006 – 2008: Oxidative Biotransformation of Alkylphenols running in the Small Volume Chemicals Programme of the UCT based Centre of Excellence in Catalysis

2005 – 2008: Mining fungal genome databases – funded by SA National Research Foundation

2003 – 2004: Applications of alkane grown yeasts- funded by SA National Research Foundation

2000 - 2001: Screening for yeast biocatalysts for the synthesis of enantiopure hydroxy compounds. - contract research for Juelich Enzyme Products

1999 - 2001: Construction of a cytochrome P450 monooxygenase library in Yarrowia lipolytica - funded by SA-France collaborative project

1996 - 2000: Functionalization of long-chain hydrocarbons and phenol derivatives - funded by SASOL

1994 - 2002 Biotransformations for the chemical industry - funded by SA National Research Foundation

1994 - 1996 Biotransformation of monoterpenes - funded by AECI



Updated publication list at ResearcherID


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Publications (Short List)

Area(s) of Interest

  • The nature and mechanism of oxygenases and hydroxylases

  • Mining fungal genome databases for hydroxylases

  • Structure function relationships of cytochrome P450 monooxygenases



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