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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 and later a 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 Senior Scientific Officer with more than 20 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.