Physics Building Expansion Officially Opened
Physics Building Expansion Officially Opened
An extension to the Department of Physics at the University of the Free State (UFS) was officially opened on the Bloemfontein Campus on 20 April 2016.


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Prof Danie Vermeulen, new Faculty Dean
Prof Danie Vermeulen, new Faculty Dean
The Council of the UFS approved the appointment of Prof Danie Vermeulen as Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences during its meeting on 11 March 2016.


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UFS Scientists part of team: Dissecting the Milky Way
UFS Scientists part of team: Dissecting the Milky Way
H.E.S.S. (High Energy Stereoscopic System) scientists publically revealed their latest galactic discovery in the international science journal, Nature, on 16 March 2016.


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Institute for Groundwater Studies Lab Globally Endorsed
Institute for Groundwater Studies Lab Globally Endorsed
The IGS Laboratory at the UFS is on equal footing with international testing labs. With its accreditation in March 2016 by SANAS, this lab now officially meets global standards.


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Lithium-Ion Batteries Research Improving Ordinary Lives
Lithium-Ion Batteries Research Improving Ordinary Lives
The future of scientific research at the Qwaqwa Campus is in good hands. Dr L Koao is one of the members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Prestige Scholars Programme (PSP) on this Campus.


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EXBOC - Extreme Biochemistry

EXBOC - Extreme Biochemistry Home Page

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What is Extreme Biochemistry?

Extreme Biochemistry is part of the Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology.

The current department arose from the merger in 1988 of the departments of Microbiology and Biochemistry (both founded in the early 1960s), and the more recent merger with the department of Food Science. The department was awarded the status of a MIRCEN (Microbiological Resources Centre) by UNESCO in 1996.

The department comprises 21 academic staff with approximately 80 post-graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. We offer training in the broad disciplines of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology and, Food Science at an undergraduate level as well as at B.Sc. Hons., M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels, there are also post doctoral fellow positions available in the Department. A particular strength of the department is the close association between the disciplines of biochemistry and microbiology, resulting in a dynamic interchange of ideas and expertise.

The focus of the different research groups in the department is on various facets of microbial, biochemical and food biotechnology, including yeast physiology and taxonomy, biocatalysts and biotransformation, protein biochemistry, molecular biology, deep subsurface life and extremophiles, chromatin structure and gene expression, food chemistry, bacteriology & biotechnology, lipid biotechnology, fermentation biotechnology, microbial phylogenetics, bioremediation and veterinary biotechnology.

Extreme Biochemistry is one discipline that concentrates on a multidisciplinary approach that includes geomicrobiology, geochemistry, microbial phylogenetic analysis, metagenomics, protein chemistry, molecular biology and applied microbiology.

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Last updated: 13 June 2014 15:04