Prof Michèle Ramsay

Director of the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) and Professor in the Division of Human Genetics, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg. Her research interests include African population genetic and epigenetic diversity and their role in diseases exacerbated by adverse lifestyle choices, including obesity, cardiometabolic diseases. She participates in genetic research into rare eye, skin and autoimmune diseases in African populations, including albinism, keratolytic witer erythema, glaucoma, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis. She is Principal Investigator of an NIH funded Collaborative Centre under the H3Africa Consortium for “Genomic and environmental risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases in Africans”, holds a Research Chair on Genomics and Bioinformatics of African populations and is President of the African Society for Human Genetics.