Michèle Ramsay

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Director of the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) and Professor in the Division of Human Genetics, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research interests include African population genetic and epigenetic diversity and their role in diseases exacerbated by adverse lifestyle choices, including obesity and cardiometabolic diseases. She collaborates on genetic research into eye and skin disorders and autoimmune diseases in African populations and studies epigenetic changes in a mouse model for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Michele plays a leadership role in the Southern African Human Genome Programme (SAHGP) and the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Consortium (H3Africa) where she is the principal investigator of a Collaborative Centre, AWI-Gen, which is a Wits-INDEPTH partnership to investigate genomic and environmental risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases in Africans.