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Vernon Coyne

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town
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Research interests

Marine biotechnology. Development of vaccines for farmed kob. Genomic and proteomic studies of stress and disease on the abalone immune system. The role of marine microorganisms in abalone nutrition and disease resistance.


Vernon Coyne obtained a BSc degree in Microbiology and Zoology from Rhodes University in 1978, a BSc (Hons) degree and a PhD degree in Microbiology from UCT in 1979 and 1985, respectively. In 1986, he left for Washington, D.C. where he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Microbiology Dept. at Georgetown University. From 1987 until 1990, he was a member of the Centre of Marine Biotechnology at Maryland University where he was a Research Assistant and later a Research Assistant Professor. He returned to the New South Africa in 1991 to take up a position as a Lecturer in the Microbiology Dept. at UCT. He was promoted ad hominem to Senior Lecturer in 1998, Assoc. Prof. in 2006 and served as Head of Department from 2007-2016.

Co-authors (53)

Recent publications

  • Reclassification of Alteromonas colwelliana to the Genus Shewanella by DNA-DNA Hybridization, Serology and 5S Ribosomal RNA Sequence Data

    • Coyne V
    • Pillidge C
    • Sledjeski D
    • et al.
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  • Expression and regulation of a Vibrio alginolyticus sucrose utilization system cloned in Escherichia coli

    • Scholle R
    • Coyne V
    • Maharaj R
    • et al.

Professional experience

Associate Professor

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town

January 2006 - Present


University of Cape Town

February 1981 - December 1985(5 years)

BSc (Hons)

University of Cape Town

February 1979 - December 1979(10 months)


Rhodes University

February 1976 - December 1978(3 years)