Professor Jill Murray studied Medicine at Wits University in South Africa and specialised in Anatomical Pathology. She was employed at the National Institute for Occupational Health (a division of the National Health Laboratory Service) where she headed the Pathology Division until her recent semi-retirement. The Pathology division undertakes examination of the lungs of deceased miners and ex-miners to determine if they suffered from lung diseases acquired as a result of mining ie occupational lung disease, and if so their families may be eligible for compensation. She is an honorary Associate Professor in the Wits School of Public Health.
Data from the Pathology service at the NIOH are widely utilised for disease surveillance and research purposes in collaboration with mines, South African and international academic institutions (including the National Institute of Safety and Health in the USA, the London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK, and the Swedish Institute for Working Life), and government departments.
Prof has served as advisor to the South African National departments of Health and Mineral Resources and her work has influenced policy both nationally and internationally. She is an active researcher with over 100 peer reviewed publications, with an emphasis on lung disease and tuberculosis in particular, and has authored many technical reports and has produced a range of educational material for use in the workplace.