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Dr Lisa Roberts

Lisa Roberts moved from Namibia to South Africa in 1994 to begin her tertiary education. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Science Degree, (majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology), followed by a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry. Lisa was subsequently employed as a Research Assistant, Scientific Officer and later a Senior Scientific Officer in the Division of Human Genetics. In 2006, she registered as a part-time student and graduated with an MSc (Med) degree in Human Genetics the same year. Her Master’s thesis was titled “Mutation analysis of important retinal candidate genes: progressing from research to diagnostic service” and the degree was awarded with distinction.

Lisa began a part-time PhD in Human Genetics in 2014, and graduated in 2017 with a thesis entitled “Genetic analysis of inherited retinal diseases in indigenous Southern African populations”. As a Research Officer with 30 publications, she is Project Leader of the Retinal Degenerative Disorders research group, currently involved in research, diagnostic services, teaching and patient awareness. Lisa is a registered Medical Biological Scientist with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa, and a committee member of the Southern African Society of Human Genetics (SASHG) from 2009 -2013 and 2017-2019. She currently chairs the Division of Human Genetics Operations committee.