PhD (Med) Neuroscience candidate at the University of Cape Town.

PhD (Med) Neuroscience candidate
at the University of Cape Town.


What makes us human?


Neuroscience. Psychology. Biological Anthropology.



I am a PhD student at the University of Cape Town. My research investigates the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the anatomy of children’s brains.

All things that make us human fascinate me and I strongly believe in a multidisciplinary approach to studying human beings. I have a BSc in Human Bioscience (UCT), majoring in psychology and physiology, a BA (Hons) in Psychology, Cum Laude (UWC) and a BSc (Med) (Hons) in Biological Anthropology, First (UCT). I was the top student in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at UWC and the Top Student in my division at UCT for Honours degrees. I am a member of both the UCT and UWC Chapter of the Golden Key International Honours Society.  


My love for scientific communication has lead me to such opportunities as being a radio personality at UCT Radio (2008-2009), private tutoring, television interviews on SABC 2’s Hectic Nine-9 and winning FameLab South Africa 2015. The British Council is sponsoring my travel to the United Kingdom in June to compete in the FameLab International Semi-finals at the Cheltenham Science Festival. I presented at the Annual Anatomical Society of South Africa conference in 2014 and the abstract of the presentation was published in 2015.


My passion is researching what it is that makes us “human”.  


I am available for collaboration, consultation, lecturing and scientific communication opportunities.

She is a superb communicator who will develop into a fine teacher
— Dr C Warton, Neuroanatomy Lecturer, UCT
Stevie has excellent presentation skills... as well as an exceptionally good ability to present in public.
— Prof. G Louw, Deputy Head of Department of Human Biology, UCT
Very friendly, fun and helpful with interesting contribution
— Anon. UCT medical school student evaluation
Stevie is an enthusiastic student with an enquiring mind
— Dr LJ Friedling, Lecturer and Honours Course Co-ordinator, UCT