About me

I have been at the University of Cape Town (UCT) since I came to Cape Town on holiday from Zambia in 1974, and fell in love with the place. I obtained a BSc in Chemistry and Microbiology in 1976, an Hons in Virology in 1977, an MSc in Virology in 1979, and a PhD in the same discipline in 1984.I became a Lecturer in Virology in 1981, and have risen through the ranks to become a Professor in Microbiology (in January 2003).  I am also a Founder Member of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM) based in the Health Sciences Faculty.  For the duration of 2011-2013 I am seconded to the Research Office and ICT Services at UCT to liaise on the creation of a Research Portal.

Teaching

My undergraduate teaching speciality (when I teach) is Molecular and General Virology, then Molecular Biology Techniques specialising in PCR, with some dabbling on the side in Molecular Immunology.   Postgraduate teaching involves seminars on “Viruses as Vectors / Virus Vaccines” and PCR Techniques for Honours.

Research

My main research interests are presently in making human and animal vaccine candidates in plants and insect cells: these include vaccines for mucosal Human papillomaviruses (HPV).  We also work on characterisation and molecular biology of the parrot ssDNA virus Beak and feather disease virus and the possibility of making vaccines and therapeutics for the virus disease.

I still have an interest in the diversity of southern African mastreviruses (family Geminiviridae), the molecular determinants of pathogenicity and host range in these viruses, and especially in Maize streak virus, the use of geminiviruses as vectors of foreign genes in plants, and in the engineering of viral resistance, especially in maize.

Fun

I enjoy photography, occasionally tending succulent plants, reading and sometimes writing science fiction, rock music, family, red wine and sunsets.  And combining these.

3 Responses to “About me”

  1. Thomas Kohl Says:

    Hi Ed,

    Thoroughly enjoy reading your Blog. Incredible of how much you have integrated the web into your teachings, since we were students so many years ago.

    Best,
    Thomas

  2. Leo Jeremias Says:

    Dear Ed

    I noticed you are a resource for research students and wanted to introduce you to something that can be helpful to your students.

    We developed an amazing tool, that gathers an image of a selected webpage and allows you to cut a small piece of the image that relevant, save it in preview and slideshow format, as well as a drag and drop filing system. This could be invaluable for students collaborating on a research project and can share research easily.

    Our website is http://www.searchgby.com

    Our website is just a drive to our Firefox, and chrome and soon IE add on that integrates directly into your browser.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/205586/

    We developed 4 revolutionary concepts:

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    4) A new image bookmarking system a way to share info, and save relevant data , in case the page changes at some point.

    I urge you to play around.

    Leo Jeremias

    Please check out this YouTube tutorial for a better understanding how this works

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  3. Fahim Says:

    Hi Professor Rybicki.
    Search for information on pipo gene in potyviridae opened my way to this blog. “an extra pocket in your trousers” -that was a very nice way to give the account of the new gene.. ..

    I have targeted peeping pipo with amiRNA and will be sending off the paper for publication very soon.

    Regards
    Fahim

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