Shareefa Dalvie

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…

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…

Nastassja Koen

I am a born-and-bred Capetonian, and received my medical degree (MBChB) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, before completing my PhD in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health. My research interests include trauma- and stressor-related disorders among South African women, incorporating genetic and epigenetic correlations, as well as transgenerational effects. Currently, my work is nested within a multi-year birth cohort study following 1000 mother-offspring dyads in the…

Lerato Majara

I was born and raised in a small town called Botshabelo in the Free State Province, South Africa. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Medical Microbiology at the University of the Free State. This was followed by an Honours and Master’s degree in Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the University of Cape Town. I just started a PhD looking at the genomics of Schizophrenia in a Xhosa population. In five…

Celia Van Der Merwe

I attended Stellenbosch University in Cape Town for my undergrad (BSc Human Life Sciences), Honours (BScHons Medical Physiology), Masters (MSc Human Genetics) and PhD (MSc Human Genetics) degrees. My research focused on the genetic etiology of Parkinson’s disease, with specific interest in various aspects of mitochondrial structure and function, as well as copy number variation in South African Parkinson’s disease patients. I currently hold a post-doctoral fellowship at the University…

Nathaniel McGregor

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…