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He obtained a B.Sc., B.Sc (hons) and M.Sc degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained a PhD degree in May 1996 from the University of Pretoria. Title of thesis: Monoclonal antibody detection of growth stage and isolate dependent antigen expression in Haemophilus paragallinarum.
He was employed by the Veterinary Research Institute, Onderstepoort. In 1990, he moved to Dept of Poultry Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort. In July 1998 he moved to Dept of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, where he runs the Veterinary Biotechnology Research Group. In 2005 he was promoted to Professor.
He has published a total of 72 peer reviewed articles with a total of 24 of these being on infectious coryza and one on Mycoplasma.
Apart from his ongoing work on infectious coryza, he also has an active research interest in disease control options in a post antibiotic era. This work is investigating phage therapy, expression of phage enzymes and improved biosecurity in animal production with a focus on resistance to disinfectants.
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