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Prof Michele Miller received the Eugene Cloete Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award​ at the 2022 annual Stellenbosch University Postdoc Fellow Award. This award (by nomination) honors Hosts of Postdoctoral Research Fellows for their excellence in leadership, commitment to Postdoctoral Researcher development and excellence in the advancement of future research.

Prof Michele Miller was recognized at the Stellenbosch University Research Excellence Award ceremony on Monday 29 August 2022​ for her contribution to SU's strategic vision of becoming Africa's leading research-intensive institution. The awards are presented to SU researchers who made the biggest contribution in terms of accredited publications (based on audited publication statistics of 2020 publications submitted to the Department of Higher Education and Training – DHET – in the 2021-output submission year) and doctoral graduates (December 2021 and March/April 2022 graduations).


Dr Wynand Goosen was awarded the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)/South32 TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Emerging Researcher​ 2022 for his leadership of research in SA on the surveillance of zoonotic TB in domestic cattle and wild animals as potential sources of infections in susceptible people in rural areas.​ Prize sponsor: proSET (Professionals in SET), a sector of the NSTF representing professional bodies and learned societies

MBHG Retreat - Award Ceremony


Prof. Clive Gray presenting the third prize for a full presentation at the MBHG Retreat (3-4 February 2022) to MSc student Rachiel Gumbo within the Animal TB Group.

20 April 2022: Rhino poaching decreased during lockdown but population continues to decline



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3 March 2022:​​

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3 March 2022: RSG Interview - Soundcloud​

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1 March 2022: Elephant darted, tested for TB ​

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24 February 2022:

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20 October 2021: SU researcher joins American rhino conservation initiative​

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17 October 2021: Speed cats return to southern Mozambique after six decades​

Screenshot 2021-08-20 at 16.47.43.png​​​19 August 2021: Competing human values​ make wildlife conservation more complex​

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19 August 2021: Why do ‘lockdowns’ matter for rhinos?​

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What can Elephants Teach Us About Cancer Prevention and Treatment.pdf

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Read about the incredible work done by a former Animal TB member, Dr Jos Chileshe​: Test developed to identify bovine TB in wild rhinos​

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Tina Meiring, a PhD student in the Animal TB group, had her research featured in the latest edition of Stellenbosch University (SU)'s multi-award winning publication Research at Stellenbosch University (29/09/2020):​​

Prof. Michele Miller shares her expertise on ​testing elephants for TB in the National Geographic (published 4 September 2020)​:​

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29 July 2019:​

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Animal TB Group September 2022

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(back from left: Dr Tanya Kerr, Pamela Ncube​, Dr Léanie Kleynhans​, Dr Abisola Okunola, Dr Wynand Goosen; Candice de Waal, Pamela Ncube; front: Prof. Michele Miller, Rachiel Gumbo, Charlene Clarke, ​Rebecca Dwyer; missing: Debbie Cooke,​ Maureen Kamau​​, Guy Hausler​​)

Animal TB Group February 2020

(back from left: Charlene Clarke, Dr Tanya Kerr, Prof. Michele Miller, Dr Wynand Goosen, Dr Léanie Kleynhans; Middle: Tina Meiring, Jos Chileshe​, Sam Goldswain, Candice de Waal, Pamela Ncube; front: Rebecca Dwyer, Kat Smith, Rachiel Gumbo; missing: Debbie Cooke)

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(back row from left: Dr Léanie Kleynhans, Sam Goldswain, Dr Tanya Kerr, Dr Wynand Goosen; front: Kat Smith, Jos Chileshe, Rachiel Gumbo, Tina Meiring, Prof. Michele Miller)

Buffalo TB testing in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. ​

Prof Michele Miller, Dr Netanya Bernitz, Dr Tanya Kerr and Candice de Waal (left). Candice, Netanya and Tanya processing samples in the lab (right).

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Lab action: Jana ​van Heerden doing DNA extractions (left) and qPCR (right) for the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) ​study. Read about the project here: Animal TB Student projects​​​​​

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Blood​ stimulations for the felid study: Animal TB Student Projects​

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Rachiel Gumbo working on the ELISA development for the felid study.

7th International M.bovis conference

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Participation of Dr. Tanya Kerr, Dr. Wynand Goosen and Prof Michele Miller at the 7th International M.bovis conference in Galway, Ireland​ (7-10 June 2022)

World TB Day 2022


For World TB Day (24 March 2022) we took pictures of our group members with the local currency to support the campaign to encourage world leaders to #investtoendtb and #savelives​ 💵💶💷💴

UCT One Health Special Study Module

​Dr Wynand Goosen, together with Dr Stefan Opperman and Dr Sarishna Singh from the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS), presented a series of set lecturs to UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences 3rd year MBChB students​ for a Special Study Module about TB One Health. This content focused on how the Animal TB Research Group, in collaboration with the NHLS in Greenpoint, uses novel techniques to look for zoonotic Mycobacteria spp. in people from the Western Cape. 


Two UCT 3rd year MBChB students, Ms Camryn Ferns (Left) and Mr Ramses Peigou Wonkam (middle) attended a job shadow opportunity with Dr Wynand Goosen (Right) in the Animal TB Lab.

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During this initiative, the students performed end-point PCRs, real time PCRs and subsequent amplicon sequencing on patient samples in order to identify which Mycobacteria other than M. tuberculosis may be causing human disease. These are real patient case studies, for which the results will be written up for publication.



4 April 2022: 

The journal, Animals, is having a "Best cover" competition and we have one in the running! It's called: "Combining Analytical Approaches and Multiple Sources of Information to Improve Interpretation of Diagnostic Test Results for Tuberculosis in Wild Meerkats" Please vote for the meerkat cover! 👇​​

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Presentation on elephant TB for the International Elephant Foundation conference in 2019​ by Prof. Michele Miller:

Bovine TB testing on buffalos in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi national park​:

Collaborator Prof Francisco Olea-Popelka articles and videos:






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