I am a theoretical physicist working in the Cosmology and Gravity Group in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town. I was raised in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. I studied my undergraduate BSc and BSc Honours degrees at the University of Cape Town majoring in Applied Mathematics and Physics. After Honours and some wonderful train and bus adventures around Europe and the USA, I went on to study for my PhD at Columbia University in New York City in the USA under the guidance of eminent string theorist Brian Greene. On graduation I accepted a permanent faculty position back home at the University of Cape Town as well as a fellowship postdoctoral position at Cambridge University in the newly formed Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. In 2009, I returned to the University of Cape Town permanently, where I now work. I am a Presidential-rated theoretical physicist, a newly minted South African Research Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.
My research focus is on the fundamental physics that underlies the nature of the Universe. The goals of my research are to study the Universe as a whole, while gaining insight into its origin, composition, structure, evolution and ultimately its fate. I have recently been awarded a South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Physical Cosmology, and I am the first woman in the mathematical or physical sciences to hold a Chair in South Africa. I am hoping this paves the way for many others. I have won several awards including the South African Institute of Physics Silver Jubilee Medal (2013), the Elsevier Young Scientist Award (2012) and the NSTF-BHP Billiton, TW Kambule Award (2012), the Women in Science award (2009). My training and my interests lie in both high energy particle theory and in cosmology and my research is focused on developing bridges between the two.