I was educated at the North West University (Mafikeng Campus), where I completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Microbiology. My honours degree project involved assessing ground water quality in the North West province, and represented my first foray into research. I absolutely enjoyed my research experience and became motivated to pursue further research experience. I moved to the University of the Western Cape to begin microbial ecology research, obtaining both my MSc (granted Cum laude, 2009) and PhD (2012).
I am currently involved in various projects aimed at understanding the ecogenomics of hot and cold deserts.