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Laurinda Steyn

  • MSc Biotechnology
  • Researcher
  • University of the Free State
  • 6Followers
  • 7Following


I currently hold a permanent position as researcher at the University and have registered for my PhD to further my expertise. I have always worked full time and studied part-time. During my work career I have completed the following courses: Self-governing, career-planning, career development and general management (July 1994, U.F.S, Bloemfontein), Fundamentals of Growth Kinetics with emphasis on Chemostat Theory presented by Prof. J.C. du Preez (UFS) (February 1995, AECI R&DD, Johannesburg), The use, maintenance and calibration of pH and ion selective electrodes (April 1997, Swiss Laboratories, Johannesburg), OPTIMUS 6 – software program for image analyses (June 1997, UCT, Cape Town), Basic Experimental Design and Response Surface Methodology (July 1997, AECI, R&DD, Johannesburg), The use of 3M Petrifilm organism identification system (August 1997, Merck, Johannesburg), Team Business education program (September 1998, Business Education Design, Johannesburg), Data Processing and Modeling (February 1999, U.O.F.S., Bloemfontein), Industrial Quality Management (Statistical Process Control (SPCC) and HACCP) (May 2001, UFS, Bloemfontein), Microarray Data Analysis (September 2007, NBN, Cape Town), SPSS Introduction (January 2009, SPSS-SA, Bloemfontein), SPSS Data Management & Manipulation (March 2009, SPSS-SA, Bloemfontein) and STATISTICA intro training (June 2010, StatSoft Southern Africa, Bloemfontein). I also received special training in the following: First Aid (June 1996, St. Johns Ambulance, Durban), Fermentation operation (February 1997 & January 1998, AECI Bioproducts, Umbogintwini), Team Achievement (June 1997, Owen, Adendorff & Associates, Durban), Basic Fire fighting Extinguisher (November 1998, AECI Operation Services, Umbogintwini), Microsoft Excel – Intermediate (March 1999, AECI Bioproducts, Umbogintwini) and Hazard Studies including HAZOP (May 1999, AECI Engineering, Johannesburg). At AECI Bioproducts I also represented the company as Safety,Health and Environmental representative (January 1997 – January 2000) and received training accordingly. Member of South African Society of Microbiology (2001-present)

Professional experience


University of the Free State

January 2007 - Present

Assistant Researcher

University of the Free State

April 2000 - December 2006(7 years)

Development Fermentation Laboratory Manager

AECI Bioproducts

July 1999 - March 2000(8 months)

Development Fermentation Program Coordinator

AECI Bioproducts

January 1998 - June 1999(a year)

Development Biotechnologist

AECI Bioproducts

November 1994 - December 1997(3 years)

Laboratory technician

University of the Free State

April 1990 - October 1994(5 years)

Medical Technician

Drs Voigt and Partners

December 1983 - March 1990(6 years)


Medical Technician

Central University of Technology, Free State


University of the Free State


University of the Free State


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