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Assoc Prof Collet Dandara

I was born in Zimbabwe where I completed BSc, BSc (Hon) and PhD degrees, from the University of Zimbabwe. I had a brief stint as a mathematics and science high school teacher after completing BSc (Hon). My PhD research work was carried out in the laboratory of Emeritus Professor Leif Bertilsson at Huddinge Hospital in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute. Professor Leif Bertilsson is one of the “god-fathers” of pharmacogenetics. After being awarded my PhD, I joined the University of Cape Town as a postdoctoral research fellow.  I then joined the University of Witwatersrand as a lecturer, a position that lasted for 16 months before returning to the Cape, to now join the Division of Human Genetics as a Senior Lecturer. I have subsequently been promoted to Associate Professor. The work my research group focuses on has made us nationally and internationally recognized.