Friday, 28 February 2020
Biochemistry breakthrough for UCT researchers

In a global first, three University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have visualised – at a resolution close to that of individual atoms – the intact active site of a commercially important biological molecule.

Dr Jeremy Woodward, Dr Andani Mulelu and Angela Kirykowicz gained novel insights into the structure of a group of enzymes known as nitrilases, which have enormous biotechnological potential.

Publication Date:
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 - 13:00
Humble sandprawn: a champion water filterer

The unassuming little sandprawn, invisible to many and best known as bait for fishing, has been cast into the international spotlight by three UCT researchers who discovered its ability to filter coastal water, thus combatting eutrophication – one of the major water quality challenges in the natural world.

Publication Date:
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 - 09:45
Touring outer space

President of the International Astronomical Union and Professor of Molecular Astrophysics at Leiden University in the Netherlands, Ewine van Dishoeck, led the ‘tour’ of outer space in a talk entitled, "Building stars, planets and the ingredients for life in space" to celebrate 50 years of astronomy at UCT.

Publication Date:
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 - 10:30
‘UCT gave me freedom’

Joan Byamugisha’s decision to journey from her home in Uganda to pursue her PhD in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT) caught her family by surprise.  Joan overcame the challenges of being visually impaired to pursue her dream of achieving her PhD, which she received in December.

Publication Date:
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 - 10:15