Lerato Majara, PhD

Lerato Majara is a Postdoctoral fellow in Alicia Martin’s lab. She has a background in Medical Microbiology having completed her undergraduate and MSc degrees in this field. She slightly shifted fields to pursue a PhD in Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her PhD thesis investigated the genetic risk factors associated with schizophrenia in the South African Xhosa population. She is an alumni member of the Global Initiative of Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education and Research (GINGER) programme at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and currently pursuing a Postdoctoral fellowship on the Neuropsychiatric Genetics in African Populations (NeuroGAP) project. When she is not doing research, she tutors mathematics to high school learners for a non-profit organization called Fun Learning for Youth (FLY). She also enjoys running on road and trail, hiking and visiting food markets in her downtime.