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PhD in Human Genetics

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A. Current position

Tell us your current position/s and the Institute you are based and country.
R/ I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town in South Africa

Explain to us your current research/work Link to a recent publication of yours?
R/ My work involves determining the genetic factors predisposing individuals to developing psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder

Writing about your typical day gives students a sense of what working as a scientist is like.
R/ My typical day is doing data analysis on my laptop, attending seminars and journal clubs, supervising students and engaging with my colleagues

B.Personal Info

What did you want to be after you left high school?
R/ A biotechnologist but changed my mind on the first day of university

What was your favourite subject at school? What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
R/ Biology

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
R/ An interior designer

Tell us a joke.
R/ What happens to a frog's car when it breaks down? It gets toad away.

C. Education

R/ South Peninsula High School (2000-2004), University of Cape Town (2005-currently)

R/ BSc (Genetics & Development and Physiology), BSc (Med) Honours (Human Genetics), MSc (Med) (Human Genetics), PhD (Human Genetics)