Zinhle Chalo Manda

Masters Student

Email: mandachalo@gmail.com

Zinhle Manda is currently completing her Masters in Botany and Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg. She is based at the African Centre for DNA Barcoding. Some of the skills she has acquired include DNA extraction, PCR, cycle sequencing and biotechnological skills such as Southern blot and RNA extraction. She has chosen to study plants because they give life and nourishment to man. It is this that sparked her interest in botany. Not only are plants beautiful, but they are also a mystery waiting to be solved. The wonder that is held by all these different plants peaks her curiosity. This motivates her continued interest in the combination of traditional and western medicinal means. Zinhle chose to learn from both traditional (muthi) and scientific (DNA barcoding) aspects to better understand plants. She uses aspects of both traditional muthi and modern scientific methods, such as DNA barcoding, to gain more knowledge about plants. Zinhle Manda plans to continue her learning to further understand and merge these two aspects.

Key Achievements

  • 2017 7th International Barcode of Life Conference Student Award winner – Genome Award for Posters, joint second place in socio-economic applications category
  • 2016 Obtained BSc degree in Life and Environmental Science with specialisation in Botany and Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg.


DNA Barcoding – Medicinal species

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