Oliver Bezuidt, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist
Phone: +1 (207) 315-2567, ext. 423
Fax: +1 (207) 315-2329

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Bs.c. Medical Sciences University of the Western Cape 2003

Honours Biotechnology University of the Western Cape 2006

Ms.c. Bioinformatics University of Pretoria 2009

Ph.D. Bioinformatics University of Pretoria 2013

Research Interests

Oliver’s research focuses on comparative and evolutionary analysis of microbial genomes to study the transmission of genetic material between bacteria of different lineages. His other interests fall within the fields of microbial defense systems and ecology.


  • Bezuidt, O., Pierneef, R., Mncube, K., Lima-Mendez, G., & Reva, O. N. (2011). Mainstreams of horizontal gene exchange in enterobacteria: consideration of the outbreak of enterohemorrhagic E. coli O104:H4 in Germany in 2011. PloS one, 6(10), e25702.
  • Reva, O., & Bezuidt, O. (2012). Distribution of horizontally transferred heavy metal resistance operons in recent outbreak bacteria. Mob Genet Elements, 2(2), 96-100. doi:10.4161/mge.19963
  • Bezuidt, O. K., Klockgether, J., Elsen, S., Attree, I., Davenport, C. F., & Tummler, B. (2013). Intraclonal genome diversity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa clones CHA and TB. BMC genomics, 14, 416.
  • Pierneef, R., Cronje, L., Bezuidt, O., & Reva, O. N. (2015). Pre_GI: a global map of ontological links between horizontally transferred genomic islands in bacterial and archaeal genomes. Database : the journal of biological databases and curation, 2015, bav058.
  • Bezuidt, O. K., Pierneef, R., Gomri, A. M., Adesioye, F., Makhalanyane, T. P., Kharroub, K., & Cowan, D. A. (2016). The Geobacillus Pan-Genome: Implications for the Evolution of the Genus. Frontiers in microbiology, 7, 723.
  • Bezuidt, O. K. I., Gomri, M. A., Pierneef, R., Van Goethem, M. W., Kharroub, K., Cowan, D. A., & Makhalanyane, T. P. (2016). Draft genome sequence of Thermoactinomyces sp. strain AS95 isolated from a Sebkha in Thamelaht, Algeria. Standards in genomic sciences, 11(1), 68.
  • Van Goethem, M. W., Pierneef, R., Bezuidt, O. K. I., Van De Peer, Y., Cowan, D. A., & Makhalanyane, T. P. (2018). "A reservoir of 'historical' antibiotic resistance genes in remote pristine Antarctic soils." Microbiome 6(1): 40.
  • Geldenhuys, M., Morlocl, M., Weyer, J., Bezuidt, O., Seamark, E. C. J., Kearney, T., Gleasner, C., Erkkila, T. H., Cui, H., & Markotter, W., (2018). "A metagenomic viral discovery approach identifies potential zoonotic and novel mammalian viruses in Neoromicia bats within South Africa." PLoS One 13(3): e0194527.

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