Prof. Jeniffer Thomson
SOUTH AFRICA (ex-officio)
Jennifer Thomson (PhD Rhodes) is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She held a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard, was Associate Professor in Genetics at the University of the Witwatersrand, visiting scientist at MIT, and Director of the Laboratory for Molecular and Cell Biology for the CSIR, before becoming Head of the Department of Microbiology at UCT in 1988. She won the L’Oreal/UNESCO prize for Women in Science for Africa in 2004 and has an Honorary Doctorate from the Sorbonne University. Her research field is the development of genetically modified maize resistant to the African endemic maize streak virus and tolerant to drought. She has published four books on Genetically Modified Organisms, the latest one being “GM Crops and the Global Divide” (CSIRO Publishing, 2020). She is the President of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).