1486907_10153587517590258_1937433785_nI am a physician-anthropologist working at the intersections of medicine, public health, anthropology, and medical education. I am currently a lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Director of the BA Programme in Global Health and Social Medicine at Kings College, London.

I hold a degree in Medicine from the University of Cape Town and I have almost a decade of work experience as a clinician in South Africa. I defended my doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Oxford in June 2017, where I specialised in the anthropology of postgenomics and global health.



Education and Training

2013-2017 DPhil in Anthropology.

Thesis title: “The First Thousand Days: Global Health and the Politics of Potential in Khayelitsha, South Africa”

University of Oxford
2012/13 MSc Medical Anthropology.

Thesis title: Programmed for Vulnerability: Structural violence and developmental programming in the production of obesity in South Africa


University of Oxford
2003-2008 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery University of Cape Town


Professional Experience

2018- Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine, Director of the BA Programme in Global Health and Social Medicine, Kings College London
2017/18 Co-investigator, Wellcome Trust seed grant: ‘Urban animals, human livelihoods and health in the global south: a trans-species approach‘.
2016 Workshop organiser: Revisiting the Margins: towards a praxis for critical global health, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford  (June 2016). Conference report available here.
2016 Workshop Co-organiser: Humanising the Health Sciences, sister workshops at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch (March 2016) and the Fondation Brocher, Geneva (May 2016). Conference report available here.
2015-present Co-convenor, Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminar Series, University of Oxford
2015 External lecturer for Stellenbosch University Faculty of Health Sciences: ‘Health in Context’ module for 1st year health sciences students; ‘Culture, Medicine, Disease’ module for 3rd year medical students
2014-present Advisory Board member for the IINDIAGO Study (Cluster randomised control trial for the Integrated Intervention for DIabetes rIsk After GestatiOnal diabetes, PIs Christina Zarowsky and Naomi Levitt), University of Cape Town
2013-present Research Affiliate to ‘The First Thousand Days’ Research Group, Department of Anthropology, University of Cape Town
2014 Contributor, World Health Organisation Ad-Hoc Working Group on Science and Evidence for the Commission for Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO)
2012-present Contract medical officer in neonatology and internal medicine, public sector, Cape Town, South Africa
2011 Community service medical officer, Mowbray Maternity Hospital and Vanguard Day Hospital
2011 Co-organiser and photographer: Art in Healthcare Facilities Project (Mowbray Maternity Hospital, Vanguard Day Hospital, Cape Town)
2009-2010 Medical Intern, Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town
2008-2010 Research Assistant, Department of Gastroenterology (PI Dr Naayil Rajabally)
2007 Facilitator, HIV Prevention workshops, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
2004 Research Assistant, Division of Anatomical Pathology (PI Dr Richard Kirsch)


Scholarships and Awards

2013-2017                   Commonwealth Scholar for South Africa at the University of Oxford
2016    USA National Science Foundation, Travel Grant
2016 Green Templeton College, Competitive funds award
2016 Green Templeton College, Annual Disbursement Funds award
2016 Green Templeton College, Competitive conference/fieldwork funds
2013 Green Templeton College Nautilus Award for College Citizenship
2010 Groote Schuur Hospital Outstanding Performance Award
2008 Dean’s Merit List, MBChB
2004 Undergraduate Research Award, University of Cape Town
2003 Class Medal, MBChB