Prof Ashwil Klein, University of the Western Cape
Prof Ashwil Klein is a biotechnologist with a PhD from the University of the Western Cape (2013). His primary research focuses on the role of small signalling molecules on plant-stress interactions. He uses high throughput technologies to identify key genetic determinants to enhance crop productivity under interactive abiotic and biotic stress conditions. Prof Klein serves as head of the National Agricultural Proteomics Research and Service Unit (NAPRSU) and has supervised more than 40 postgraduate students. He is a visiting Professor at the University of the Missouri with an active collaboration with Prof Walter Gassmann from the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG). His primary and collaborative research projects are funded by NRF, GrainSA and HortGro. Prof Klein holds a Y2 NRF rating.