Dr. John Becker


African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT)

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John Becker completed his postgraduate studies at Stellenbosch University’s Institute for Wine Biotechnology. He subsequently joined the CSIR’s Systems Biology platform; initially as postdoctoral research fellow and then as senior researcher.

He was appointed as Centre Manager of the African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT) in 2011. The ACGT is a collaborative initiative of science councils and universities in the Gauteng region. He has published genomics-related papers in the fields of plant-pathogen interactions and antimalarial drug discovery.

Interests: current responsibilities include fundraising, initiation of collaborative programmes and capacity building in advanced biotechnology in South and Southern Africa; including agricultural, industrial and health biotechnology

What will make your time feel well spent?

If there are specific outcomes at the end of the workshop, and responsibilities assigned among group members in order to move the potential collaborative efforts between the UK and Africa forward, to subsequently be in a position to attract financial support

What would you like to share during the meeting?

What the Centre can offer in terms of coordination, facilitation, fundraising and project management