Prof Chrissie Rey

I completed my undergraduate, Honours and PhD, majoring in Microbiology and Botany at the University of the Witwatersrand. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge UK in plant pathology I returned to SA in 1985 where I acquired the CSIR Biotechnology post-doctorate award and began my research on avocado sunblotch and cassava mosaic diseases. I then took up a lectureship in the Department of Microbiology in 1986. Over the past 33 years I have worked on several plant viruses focusing on transmission and phylogeny, pathogenicity, virus-host interactions and genetic engineering for resistance (in cassava). I have been actively engaged in establishment of Biotechnology in Gauteng and at Wits, and graduated many local and foreign Masters and PhD students. I also was Head of the School of Molecular and Cell Biology for 10 years. I have also taught several courses over my career in Virology, Molecular Virology, Plant Pathology, Mycology, Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology.