Dr Ann Meyers is a senior research scientist in the Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) in the Department of Molecular Biology, University of Cape Town. She has 17 years of expertise in the expression of proteins/VLPs in plants using transient expression methods. She has co-authored 12 papers in peer-reviewed journals since 2008 which are relevant to biopharming as well as a book chapter on plant-produced virus-like particles in 2014. She is also co-inventor on four patent applications for the production of novel products in plants. She has obtained funding for several projects including the production of Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever virus diagnostic reagents in plants and is currently the project leader on one involving the expression of Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) reagents and vaccines in plants. She is a co-investigator in a collaborative project with the CSIR and the ARC for producing Bluetongue virus and African horse sickness vaccines in plants as well as on a project for chikungunya virus diagnostic reagents and vaccines plants. Dr Meyers also supervises students on the projects carried out in the BRU and while working in the BRU has had 15 honours, 9 Masters and 5 PhD graduands. She is currently supervising 3 Masters and 2 PhD students.
She is also a member of the scientific advisory panel for the Virus-like Particle and Nano-particle Vaccines Conference.