Gert J. Venter

Agricultural Research Council, South Africa


Gert J. Venter was born in 1960 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. In 1981, he obtained a B.S. degree from the University of the Free State in South Africa, and in 2008, he received a Ph.D degree regarding his work on the oral susceptibility of South African livestock-associated Culicoides species to selected orbiviruses from the same University. He started his scientific career in 1981 as an Assistant Veterinary Researcher at the Agricultural Research Council, Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, and he works currently as a Senior Researcher in the Parasites, Vector and Vector Borne Diseases Program. He has nearly 30 years research experience on Culicoides midges and arbovirus transmission. His interests include the geographical and seasonal distribution and abundance studies of the vector and the virus. The vector competence of the most dominant South African Culicoides species for various serotypes and isolates of a variety of viruses was determined. He has participated in several European Union-funded projects and is a Member of the Parasitological Society of Southern Africa. He acted as a Copromoter and a Mentor for several Ph.D. and M.S. students. He is involved in disease vector biosystematics especially the routine identification of lice and fleas, and he served for a few years a part-time Lecturer of veterinary entomology at the Tswhane University of Technology, Pretoria.

Biography Updated on 5 December 2010

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