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Professor of Biochemistry and Executive Dean of Science, University of Johannesburg

Debra Meyer is a Professor of Biochemistry and Executive Dean of Science at the University of Johannesburg. She was formerly Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Pretoria. Prof Meyer holds a Master of Science in Biochemistry degree from the Rand Afrikaans University and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Davis in the United States. She also completed short courses in Media Strategy and Academic Leadership at Harvard Business School and the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science. Professor Meyer serves as trustee or board member of a number of organisations.

She presented the weather in Afrikaans for over 13 years before resigning from SABC 2 in 2012 and was the host of KykNet's science-based programme called "Debra deel".

Prof Meyer is passionate about transforming pressing social issues, including HIV/AIDS, the empowerment of women and multilingualism in a multicultural South Africa. She has been the recipient of various awards for science expertise and community service.


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    Professor, University of Johannesburg