Dr. van der Merwe attended Stellenbosch University for her undergraduate B.Sc. degree in Human Life Sciences in 2007. Thereafter, she completed her Honours degree in Medical Physiology, and went on to obtain her Masters and PhD in Human Genetics from Stellenbosch University with a focus on the genetic aetiology of Parkinson’s disease. Currently, Celia is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town. She has an interest in understanding the complexity of the genetic concordance between psychiatric disorders, the underlying downstream common biological pathways thereof, and how this can be applied in unique African populations. Dr. van der Merwe will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship at the Broad Institute and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in January 2019.