Michelle van der Bank
Professor in Botany and Director of the African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB)
Michelle van der Bank received her PhD in Botany from the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg, South Africa) in 1996. She is a Professor in Botany at the University of Johannesburg and Director of the African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB). ACDB’s mission is to fill the knowledge gap and strengthen research frameworks for international, regional and inter-institutional co-operation in Africa in the field of DNA technology for biodiversity science. Her research group uses molecular phylogenetics, comparative analyses and intensive fieldwork to address questions relevant to biodiversity conservation in Africa.
- 2014 – 2015 Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa – Award for excellent service to the Environmental Management Inspectors
- Founding member of the International Scientific Collaboration Committee (ISCC), Canada
- 2009 Finalist in Category B (individual through research and its outputs) at the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards
- Representative for Africa for the Global Tree-BOL Initiative aiming to barcode all trees of the world.
- 2010 Received NRF Rating: Category C1 (Established Researchers)
- 2007 – 2011 Awarded the Prestigious Royal Society (UK) – National Research Foundation (SA) Grant
- 2006 – Listed in the top 20 Women in Research by NRF Thuthuka Research Index
- 1998 Compton prize for the best article submitted to the S.A. Journal of Botany
- 1996 RAU Faculty of Natural Science Merit Award: Van der Bank M.; Best Junior Researcher.