I was born and bred in sunny Cape Town, South Africa but spent the majority of my tertiary academic career in wine country at Stellenbosch University. I received my Bachelors in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2005, Honors degree in Genetics in 2007, and a Masters in Human Genetics in 2009. From the middle of 2009 to the beginning of 2011 I was involved in the running of a molecular diagnostics company based in the Western Cape, but which offered services across South Africa and Namibia. In 2011 I embarked on PhD in Psychiatry which formed the basis of all my current research interests. Presently my research involves unravelling the molecular genetic uncertainties surrounding mental health disorders, and the treatments thereof. I focus on the molecular etiology, pharmacogenomic and population genetic contributions to the manifestation of Anxiety and Stress disorders, and schizophrenia. I am currently junior staff in the Department of Genetics at Stellenbosch University but hope to obtain a senior faculty position within the next five years whilst establishing my own research group which will focus on systems biology approaches to the psychopathology and psychobiology of mental health disorders. When I’m not at work you can find me touring South Africa’s breath-taking wine country, exploring our Arts and Culture scene, or stuck right into the latest medical or legal sitcom flavor-of-the-month.