Jennifer Thompson

University of Cape Town

Jennifer Thompson has a BSc in Zoology from the University of Cape Town, an MA in Genetics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Microbiology from Rhodes University, South Africa. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard, she was a Lecturer and Assoc. Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and then started and ran the Laboratory for Molecular and Cell Biology for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. She was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology at UCT in 1988, a position she held for 12 years. She won the L’Oreal/UNESCO prize for Women in Science for Africa in 2004 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Sorbonne University, Paris in 2005. She has published two books on the subject of Genetically Modified Organisms: Genes for Africa and Seeds for the Future. She is currently Emeritus Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UCT.

Members - ICABR