Old Girl Receives Internationally Acclaimed Award

September 28, 2018

PHSG would like to congratulate one of our old girls, Dr Irene Barnes, for receiving the internationally acclaimed 2018 Ethel Mary Doidge Medal for outstanding early career research in Mycology. The award is named after Ethel Doidge (1887-1965), the famous plant pathologist who was the first female to receive a doctorate in South Africa and is awarded by the International Mycological Association.

These awards are presented once every 5 years and shine light on one young mycologist from each of the five continents for exceptional research accomplishments relating to the study of fungi. Dr Barnes credits her high school Biology teacher for the career path she chose, “I knew I wanted to be a microbiologist ever since my biology teacher at Pretoria High School for Girls allowed me to take a microscope home for my Grade 8 science project. I spent many hours discovering the fascinating world of microbes from the waters of Magnolia Dell.”

 She has since supervised two doctoral, seven masters and 11 honours students. She is now supervising nine doctoral and five master's students.

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