© 2015 Sarah E. Rich

Masixolise Pelly Malebe

RISE Degree(s) 

MSc in Biochemistry & PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Pretoria

RISE Network(s) 
South African

SABINA PhD Student at the University of Pretoria

Molecular Product Manager


MSc: Development of molecular marker assisted selection for drought tolerance in tea Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze

PhD: Comparative assessment of next-generation sequencing markers and SSR markers for germplasm analysis and the identification of putative molecular markers in tea Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze

Ms. Malebe's research focuses on identifying and developing molecular markers for drought tolerance and yield in the tea plant. The potential outputs of this research are robust molecular markers that can be used in a selection process in order to improve the yield of tea produced by the global tea industry.

Special Accomplishments 
2015–16 Next Einstein Forum Ambassador for South Africa
Department of Science & Technology South Africa (DST): Women in Science Award, Doctoral Fellowship (2013)
Whitehead Scientific Travel Award (2013)
University of Pretoria: Institutional Research Themes in Genomics Research Grant (2013)
National Research Foundation Doctoral Innovation Award (2012–13)
2012 Member of the Golden Key International Honours Society
National Research Foundation Masters Innovation Award (2009–12)
Member of the University of Pretoria Department of Biochemistry’s Social Committee, 2009 and 2012
2008 Award of Merit for Outstanding Academic Achievement from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Pretoria

2008 National Research Foundation Honours Scarce Skills Award

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