Dr Gabre Kemp
Senior Researcher
Microbiology and Biochemistry
IB 61
Microbiology & Biochemistry A52

Short CV

2002 - Ph.D - Department of Plant Sciences, UFS

2002 - 2004 - Post Doctoral Fellow - Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia, USA

2005 - 2006 - Post Doctoral Fellow - Department of Plant Sciences, UFS

2007 - 2009 - Professional Officer - Department of Chemistry (Organic)

2009 - current - Senior Researcher 


Van Onselen R., Downing S., Kemp G., and Downing T.  2017. Investigating ß-N-Methylamino-L-alanine misincorporation in human cell cultures: a comparative study with known amino acid analogues. Toxins 9: 400 

Fourie R., Ells R., Kemp G., Sebolai O.M., Albertyn J., Pohl C.H. 2017. Pseudomonas aeruginosa produces aspirin insensitive eicosanoids and contributes to the eicosanoid profile of polymicrobial biofilms with Candida albicans. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 117:36-46.

Odendaal C., Seaman M.T., Kemp G., Patterton H.E., Patterton H.G. 2015. An LC-MS/MS based survey of contaminants of emerging concern in drinking water in South Africa. S Afr J Sci. 111(9/10)

Ells R., Kemp G., Albertyn J., Kock J.L.F. and Pohl C.H. 2013. Phenothiazine is a potent inhibitor of prostaglandin E2 production by Candida albicans biofilms. FEMS Yeast Res 13: 849–855

Reid D.G., Bonnet S.L., Kemp G., Van der Westhuizen J.H.  2013. Analysis of commercial proanthocyanidins. Part 4: Solid state 13C NMR as a tool for in situ analysis of proanthocyanidin tannins, in heartwood and bark of quebracho and acacia, and related species. Phytochemistry. 94: 243–248

Venter P.B., Senekal N.D., Kemp G., Amra-Jordaan, M., Khan, P., Bonnet S.L. and Van der Westhuizen J.H. 2012. Analysis of commercial proanthocyanidins. Part 3: The chemical composition of wattle (Acacia mearnsii) bark extract.  Phytochemistry. 83: 153-167

Gutierrez-Sanchez G., King D., Kemp G., and Bergmann C. 2012. SPR and differential proteolysis/MS provide further insight into the interaction between PGIP2 and EPGs. Fungal Biology. 116: 737-746.

Ngubo M., Kemp, G. and Patterton, HG. 2011. Nano-electrospray tandem mass spectrometric analysis of the acetylation state of histones H3 and H4 in stationary phase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. BMC Biochemistry. 12:34

Ells R., Kock J.L.F., Albertyn J., Kemp G and Pohl C.H.  2011.  Effect of inhibitors of arachidonic acid metabolism on prostaglandin E2 production by Candida albicans and Candida dubliniensis biofilms.  Med Microbiol Immunol. 200 : 23-28  

Joubert D.A., Kara I., Wagemakers L., Bergmann C., Kemp G., Vivier M.A. and Van Kan J.A.L.  2007  A polygalacturonase inhibiting protein from grapevine reduces the symptoms of the endopolygalacturonase BcPG2 from Botrytis cinerea in Nicothiana benthamiana leaves without any evidence for in vitro interaction.  Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 20(4) : 392-402

Joubert D.A., Slaughter A.R., Becker J. vW., Kemp G., Bergmann C., Krooshof G.H., Benen J. , Pretorius I.S. and Vivier M.A.  2006  The grapevine polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein (VvPGIP1) reduces Botrytis cinerea susceptibility in transgenic tobacco and differentially inhibits fungal polygalacturonases.  Transgenic Research. 15 : 687-702

Kemp G., Stanton L., Bergmann C.W., Clay R.P., Albersheim P. and Darvill A.  2004  Polygalacturonase-inhibiting Proteins can Function as Activators of Polygalacturonase.  Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 17(8): 888-894.

Kemp G., Bergmann C.W., Clay R., Van der Westhuizen A.J., and Pretorius Z.A.  2003 Isolation of a Polygalacturonase-Inhibiting Protein (PGIP) from Wheat.  Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 16 (11): 955-961.

Kemp G., van der Westhuizen A.J. and Pretorius Z.A.  2001  Polygalacturonase inhibiting protein in wheat.  South African Journal of Science 97: 1-2 (ABSTRACT)

Bergmann C.W., Stanton L., King D., Clay R.P., Kemp G., Orlando R., Darvill A. and Albersheim P.  2001  Recent observations on the specificity and structural conformation of the polygalacturonase-polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein system.  Proceedings of the 2001 Pectins and Pectinases Conference, Rotterdam.  Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands.

Kemp G., Botha A-M., Kloppers F.J. and Pretorius Z.A.  1999  Disease development and ß-1,3-glucanase expression following leaf rust infection in resistant and susceptible near-isogenic wheat seedlings.  Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 55(1), 45-52.

Courses Presented

BOCH 2614 - Biochemistry for Agriculture and Health Sciences


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