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Biography

Professor Sakkie Pretorius is internationally recognised as a pioneer in molecular microbiology, biotechnology and translating research outcomes into innovative industry applications. He joined Macquarie University in 2013 and in 2014 his passion for academic excellence and research drove the creation of the University's strategic research framework, World-leading research; World-changing impact. The framework will shape Macquarie's research priorities over the next decade and build upon the Our University: A Framing of Futures project.

Originally from South Africa, Professor Pretorius studied agriculture at the University of the Free State from 1977 until 1986, when he was awarded a PhD for his work on physical, genetic and biochemical characteristics of yeast. He was appointed Professor of Microbiology at Stellenbosch University in 1993, where he later became the founding director of South Africa's Institute for Wine Biotechnology.

By identifying some of the unique characteristics of South African wine production during his ten-year tenure he was part of the team involved in the refooting of the technology of wine production in South Africa. Professor Pretorius' role in this team enabled the burgeoning South African wine industry to grow its production and market presence significantly and attract global recognition for the quality of wines from the region.

Passionate about authentic leadership, prior to taking up his role at Macquarie, Professor Pretorius held the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President: Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia. Prior to this he was the Managing Director and CEO of the Australian Wine Research Institute.

In 2014 Professor Pretorius was able to leverage his extensive expertise in wine yeast genetics to help bring the Yeast 2.0 project to Macquarie University. The ground breaking project involves creating the world's first-ever synthetic complex organism and will open the door to both more robust synthetic biology research at Macquarie as well as applications including more eco-friendly biofuel production and better targeted medication.

Professor Pretorius' reputation for excellence extends to the US and Europe, where he has held a series of prestigious part-time and honorary positions. He conducted molecular yeast genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen, Germany and the Katholike Universiteit in Belgium.

He has published on a range of subjects in more than 230 peer-reviewed research papers (current Scopus h-index of 55 and 74 in Google Scholar), and in addition to being regularly invited to present at conferences, many as keynote speaker, Professor Pretorius has won more than $100 million in funding and filed six patents. He is ranked in the top 1 percent of researchers for Agricultural Sciences and Plant & Animal Science, and is ranked 328th in the world for citations per paper in Agricultural Sciences (Source: Essential Science Indicators: 28 January 2016).

Almost 30 of his papers are in the top 10 percent of the most cited research in Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Food & Science Technology, Genetics & Heredity and Mycology (Source: InCites 2016)

Education/Academic qualification

University of The Free State

19831986

Award Date: 4 Apr 1986

University of The Free State

19821983

Award Date: 5 Apr 1983

University of the Orange Free State

1981

Award Date: 4 Apr 1981

University of The Free State

19771980

Award Date: 19 Aug 1980

External positions

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Land & Food Systems (Food, Nutrition & Health)

2012 → …

Adjunct Professor, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

20112013

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President: Research and Innovation

20112013

Managing Director

20042011

Director of Research

20032004

Affiliate Professor, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

20032011

Adjunct Professor, Business School

20032016

Honorary Professor, Institute for Wine Biotechnology

20032010

Head of Department of Microbiology

19971998

Part-time Professor, Department of Food Science and Microbiology (8 weeks per year)

19962003

Visiting Professor (2 months)

1995

Director, Institute for Wine Biotechnology and Professor in Microbiology and Wine Biotechnology

19952002

Visiting Professor (10 months) as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

1993

Professor, Department of Microbiology

19931997

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology

19881992

Postdoctoral fellow (3 months per year)

19871990

Senior Lecturer, Department of Microbiology

19871988

Senior Lecturer, Department of Microbiology

19861987

Lecturer, Department of Microbiology

19841985

Junior Lecturer, Department of Microbiology

19821983

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Research Output

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Meeting Abstract

Differences among AGT1-encoded α-glucoside transporters and their ability to transport maltotriose in Saccharomyces yeasts

Smit, A., Cordero Otero, R. R. & Pretorius, I. S., 2007, In : Annals of Microbiology. 57, 1, p. 77-84 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Maltotriose transport in yeast.

    Smit, M. A., Pretorius, IS. & Otero, R. R. C., Jul 2003, In : Yeast. 20, p. S239-S239 1 p.

    Macquarie University

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting AbstractResearch

    The development of bactericidal yeast strains by expressing the Pediococcus acidilactici pediocin gene (pedA) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

    Schoeman, H., Vivier, M. A., Du Toit, M., Dicks, L. M. T. & Pretorius, I. S., 15 Jun 1999, In : Yeast. 15, 8, p. 647-656 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review