Karin Jacobs

Senior lecturer in the department of microbiology at Stellenbosch University

Karin is a senior lecturer in the department of microbiology at Stellenbosch University.

After matriculating from Jim Fouche Secondary school in Bloemfontein in 1989, she commenced her tertiary education at the University of the Free State and obtained a BSc degree in 1992 and a BSc (Hons) in microbiology with distinction in 1993. She started her MSc in 1994 and obtained the degree with distinction in 1995. Her PhD was done at the University of Pretoria and she obtained the degree in 2000. Then followed a post-doctoral visit with Agriculture and Agrifood, Ottawa, Canada, in the lab of Dr Keith Seifert, and a two-year sojourn at the University of Pretoria at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute.

Among the numerous bursaries and awards Karin received during her studies were the AECI award for her honours study, as well as the Andries Brink Sasol prize, Dean’s medal, Senate’s medal and S2A3-Gencor bronze medal for her master’s dissertation. In 2003, Karin received the L’Oreal-Unesco international fellowship for young women in science and, in 2005, the L’Oreal-DST award for most promising young female scientist.

Karin has published a book and 26 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She was invited to speak at the International Mycological Congress in 2002. Her current research involves the taxonomy of several economically important fungal genera as well as fungal ecology of fynbos soil. She is married with two children.

Lunch Spot: Cognito, Stellenbosch