I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2007, I completed my Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Genetics & Development and Physiology, at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Thereafter, I completed my honors, masters and doctoral degrees at the Division of Human Genetics at UCT. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at UCT. My research interests include the genetic basis of trauma exposure in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using genome-wide association (GWAS) data, population structure and gene-imaging analyses. In five years, I would like to see myself in a faculty position, particularly at a university in Africa. I have a keen interest in staying in academia and hope to be able to pursue my interest in neuropsychiatric genomics. In my spare time I enjoy reading, doing pilates and appreciating the beautiful outdoors.