Starting in July of 2002 the ACGT microarry facility has provided an essential service to biological researchers in South Africa and abroad. As one of only two facilities in South Africa with the technology and expertise to produce spotted microarry slides we are ideally positioned to keep local researchers in step with world leading biotechnologies. An impressive track record has already been established at the facility, with projects being completed here by scientists from the University of Pretoria, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and others.
Plant related studies make up the majority of projects at the facility, with genotyping and expression analyses being performed on plants such as Arabidopsis, Eucalyptus, millet, wheat and banana. Other organisms studied at the facility include Plasmodium (malaria), tick-borne parasites of veterinary importance, pathogenic fungi and viruses, as well as the response of human cell lines to different drug treatments.
The ACGT microarry facility is managed by the African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT), which was founded as a joint venture between the University of Pretoria and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
We are situated in the research laboratory of Professor Dave K. Berger (Department of Botany), which can be found on the sixth floor of the Agricultural Sciences building (UP), alongside labs of the Department of Genetics and the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute.
The Microarry Scientific Officer Mr. Nicky Oliver manages the technical operation and maintenance of the facility.