ACDB Team

Meet the Team

Michelle van der Bank
Michelle van der Bank
Professor in Botany and Director of the African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB)
Michelle uses molecular phylogenetics, comparative analyses and fieldwork to address questions relevant to biodiversity conservation in Africa.
Lerato Nakedi Hoveka
Lerato Nakedi Hoveka
ratohoveka@gmail.com 
Development of climate change based integrated strategies for the conservation of South Africa’s endemic flora
Jonathan Davies
Jonathan Davies
Associate Professor
Jonathan’s research addresses the ecological and evolutionary processes shaping the present-day distribution of biodiversity.
James Boatwright
James Boatwright
Associate
James’ research interests include the taxonomy and systematics of African legumes and the flora of the Karoo.
Stoffel Petrus Bester
Stoffel Petrus Bester
s.bester@sanbi.org.za
A phylogenetic study of selected genera within Apocynaceae.
Janice Williamson
Janice Williamson
jwilliamson@uj.ac.za
Molecular phylogeny and DNA barcoding of Africa cycads.
Simeon Bezeng
Simeon Bezeng
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Simeon seeks to understand the forces that shape global biodiversity and whether we can predict the future of biodiversity in a changing world.
Zinhle Manda
Zinhle Manda
mandachalo@gmail.com
Unmasking the succulent plant trade at the Faraday traditional medicinal market in Johannesburg, South Africa
Tshililo Makhado
Tshililo Makhado
makhadotshililo40@gmail.com
DNA barcoding and molecular systematics of Searsia
Lesetja Michael Pilusa
Lesetja Michael Pilusa
michaelpilusa86@gmail.com
 
Phefumlela Mbeki
Phefumlela Mbeki
lelambeki@gmail.com
 
Zandisile Shongwe
Zandisile Shongwe
zandisile.shongwe@gmail.com
 
Ross Stewart
Ross Stewart
ross.d.stewart@gmail.com
DNA barcoding and systematics of the southern African endemic genus Gasteria (Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Letlhogonolo Sello
Letlhogonolo Sello
tlhogi.sello@gmail.com
Cracking down on counterfeits: Creating a DNA barcode reference library of commercial herbal products traded in South Africa
Khanyisile Shabangu
Khanyisile Shabangu
Khanyi574@gmail.com
Sisyranthus: A poorly known genus within Apocynaceae from southern Africa
Anifat Olayemi Bello
Anifat Olayemi Bello
anifatolayemi@gmail.com
A systematics study of (Pteronia)(Asteraceae)
Ryan David Rattray
Ryan David Rattray
ryanr@uj.ac.za
The quality control conundrum: Using DNA Barcoding and chemical profiling for Authenticating Pelargonium Species Used in Commercial Herbal...
Sydney Ramulifho
Sydney Ramulifho
ramulifhosydney@gmail.com
Molecular phylogeny of the Fadogia-Rytigynia group and closely related genera within Vanguerieae
Ronny Kabongo
Ronny Kabongo
ronnym@uj.ac.za
Phylogenetic analysis of the origin and assembly of forbs in South African grassy biomes
Onesimo Matole
Onesimo Matole
oniey90@gmail.com
A study of the Southern African begomovirus pathosystem: determining the diversity of whitefly transmitted gemini viruses (WTG) infecting...
Asanda Mkiva
Asanda Mkiva
asandamkiva23@gmail.com
 
Patience Mamathaba
Patience Mamathaba
patience.mamathaba@gmail.com
Environmental Management 
Anthony Richard Magee
Anthony Richard Magee
Associate
Anthony is a plant taxonomist at the Compton Herbarium, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
Future Machate
Future Machate
futuremachate@gmail.com
DNA barcoding of non-native succulent plants in the horticultural trade industry in South Africa
Moshadi Mashangoane
Moshadi Mashangoane
shadimashangone@gmail.com
From TOPS to bottom: Using DNA barcoding to combat the illegal harvest of threatened plant species in South Africa as recorded in the NEM:BA TOPS...
Somtjhatjhana Mnguni
Somtjhatjhana Mnguni
japhtamnguni@gmail.com
 
Hendrik Niemann
Hendrik Niemann
hennieniemann92@gmail.com
A DNA barcoding approach to assess the risk posed by the aquarium trade in the spread of invasive aquatic plants in South Africa.
Dorcas M Lekganyane
Dorcas M Lekganyane
dorcasl@uj.ac.za
The Mystery of Muthi: Unveiling the identity of bulbous and perennial plants traded at the Faraday Medicinal Market, Johannesburg, using DNA
Sanele Shiba
Sanele Shiba
sanele.shiba@gmail.com
Generic circumscription and relationships of Southern African representatives of Hypoxis and allies (Hypoxidaceae, Asparagales)
Estherna Pretorius
Estherna Pretorius
esthernap@uj.ac.za
QC of herbal medicine – DNA barcoding coupled with chemometricmodeling
Gugu Gama
Gugu Gama
gugumbalenhlegamar@gmail.com
Uncovering bark: The use of DNA barcoding to identify unknown bark species illegally traded at the Faraday traditional medicinal market in...