Michelle Hoogenhout

I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I did my undergraduate at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, majoring in psychology, genetics, physiology and biochemistry. I then went on to complete an MA and PhD in Psychology at the University of Cape Town. My research focuses on social-communication and behavior in neuro-developmental disorders such as autism. In particular, I am interested in the physiological and genetic processes that shape social-communication skills. I am currently doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cape Town and Red Cross Children’s hospital, where I am working on a multinational study on the genetics of neuro-developmental disorders in African populations. In five years, I would like to be in a faculty position at a university, continuing my research into the biomarkers of autism and other developmental disorders. My hobbies include hiking, playing board games, and doing yoga.