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Leslie Jacqueline Greenberg

Professor of Human Genetics: Stem Cell Researcher, University of Cape Town

Professor Jacquie Greenberg is an HPCSA registered Medical Scientist & Genetic Counsellor who has been involved with molecular genetic diagnostic testing in the Division of Human Genetics at UCT & GSH for over 40 years. She is one of only 16 registered genetic counsellors in SA; a NRF rated scientist and she served on UCT Research Ethics Committee/s for a number of years. She is the course convenor of one of only two MSc in Genetic Counselling courses in SA and is an advisory board member of the Transnational Alliance of Genetic Counsellors (TAGC).
Prof Greenberg has been involved with the Department of National Health in SA with the drafting of regulations and guidelines relating to the new National Health Bill for the section on human cloning, stem cell research, the use of DNA, genetic testing and the import and export of biological material. She was a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee (2002-2007) having previously served on the Animal Research Ethics committee (2000-2001).
Prof Greenberg’s current research focus is on translational genetics for late onset neurodegenerative diseases as well as inherited forms of blindness. In particular, she is concerned about the practice of safe science and providing an ethically sound genetic healthcare service.


  • –present
    Professor of Human Genetics: Stem Cell Researcher , University of Cape Town


  • 1990 
    University of Cape Town, PhD. Human Genetics (Medicine)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Professor of Human Genetics: Stem Cell Researcher
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation