Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University, Department of Botany and Zoology Group Leader - Medicinal Plant Biotechnology My research is centered around using a multidirectional approach that combines the areas of biotechnology, ethnopharmacology and phytochemistry. During my tenure at Stellenbosch University (2005 to current), I established the area of medicinal plant biotechnology. In my group, we use cutting edge 'omics technologies where we try and understand plants from the genetic level through to their responses to the environment to allow production of quality assured, economically suitable phytopharmaceutics. I have an interest in people-plant interactions and so my research is also focused on medicinal plants, their cultural significance and opportunities presented for socioeconomic development. In 2011, I was a recipient of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Annual Award under the category Distinguished Young Black Researcher (Female), TW Kambule NRF award for 2011/12. Recent awards include the Fulbright Fellowship where I was positioned at the University of Minnesota in 2017 to 2018.