Prof Brett Pletschke

Professor of BiochemistryProf Pletschke profile

Current Research Interests:

Enzyme Biotechnology, Bioproducts:

  • Seaweed-derived anti-diabetic, anti-obesity and anti-cancer compounds

  • Non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs) in animal feeds

  • Mannanases and the enhanced production of prebiotic manno-oligosaccharides (MOS)

Brief biography

  • Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rhodes University (January 2013- present)

  • Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Senior Research Award (2018)

  • NRF C2 rating (2015-2020)

  • President of the South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SASBMB) (2010-2012)

  • Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Rhodes University (January 2010-December 2012) 

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Rhodes University (January 2005-December 2009)

  • Head of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Rhodes University (January 2007-December 2012)

  • Visiting Scholar (August 2006) Section of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Life Sciences, University of California Davis, Davis, California, USA.

  • EBRU (Environmental Biotechnology Research Unit) Research Fellow(June 2003-present)

  • Visiting Lecturer (June-July 2004): Department of Biological Sciences with Prof K. Hanninen at the University of Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla, Finland

  • Rhodes University Biochemistry Lecturer (January 2000-December 2004)

  • University of Cape Town Chief Scientific Officer /Postdoctoral Fellow (June 1997- Dec 1999): Dept of Chemical Pathology, UCT Medical School, and Dept of Biochemistry, UCT (June 1997- Dec 1999)

  • Visiting Scientist (October 1996): Ludwig Maximilians University in the Dept of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Biochemistry in the Surgical Clinic and Policlinic, Munich, Germany.

  • Ph.D. (Biochemistry) - University of Port Elizabeth, 1996

More information:

Contact information:

  • Tel: +27 46 6038081

  • Fax: +27 46 6037576

  • E-mail: b.pletschke@ru.ac.za

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