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Professor Flavia Huygens
Faculty of Health,
School of Biomedical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - CDA
Discipline *
Medical Microbiology, Microbiology, Medical Biotechnology
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Identifiers and profiles

Ph.D (University of Pretoria), MMedSci (Medical Microbiology) (University of Pretoria), Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Queensland), BSc(Agric) Microbiology (University of Pretoria)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • FASM

Bacterial genomics, Bacterial virulence, DNA diagnostics, Antibiotic resistance, Infectious diseases, Bioinformatics, Metagenomics, Microbial biotechnology, Microbial source tracking, Water quality

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research theme: Environment, FoodHealth
Research discipline: Cell and Molecular Biosciences
Research areas
Bioinformatics approach to microbial source tracking in environmental water: Application of the “Minimum SNPs” data mining software program as a genetic fingerprinting tool used to track microbial populations in water sources.
High-resolution DNA-melt analysis as a genetic fingerprinting tool to classify bacterial populations: Analysis of tandem-repeat DNA sequences and single-nucleotide polymorphisms present in bacterial genomes by high-resolution melt analysis.
Molecular characterisation of intestinal micro-organisms associated with Crohn’s disease: Real-time quantitative PCR analysis of microbial organisms present in patients diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
Microbial Genotyping Sub-Program Cooperative Research Centre for Diagnostics: Application of the software program “Minimum SNPs” to identify sets of highly informative single nucleotide polymorphisms present in comparative genomic databases of bacterial organisms. Genetic fingerprinting of Staphylococcus aureus using highly informative (high D-value) single nucleotide polymorphisms.
Areas of expertise

  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Novel antimicrobial agents
This information has been contributed by Professor Flavia Huygens.


Teaching discipline: Cell and Molecular Biosciences

This information has been contributed by Professor Flavia Huygens.


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