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Researcher, Lecturer, Attorney, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Dr Sheetal Soni is the Deputy Academic Leader for Teaching and Learning at UKZN (Pietermaritzburg), and a lecturer in the field of Bioethics, International Law and Intellectual Property Law. She has completed an LLB, Masters of Law and PhD degree (to be conferred). She is also an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a core member of the UKZN Health Law and Research Ethics Group. Her research interests are reproductive technology and preimplantation testing of early embryos. She has done consultancy work for the HIV/AIDS Vaccines Ethics Group (HAVEG), the AIDS and Rights Alliance of South Africa (ARASA), and the National Department of Health. She is also a collaborator on various projects with Next BioSciences, the UKZN African Health Flagship and on the South African site of the Sustainable & Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) project. She is currently assisting with the drafting of Clinical Guidelines for Genetic Services, and the drafting of guidelines for the regulation of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. She is an active member of the Association for Responsible Research in Genome Editing (ARRIGE); the South African Society of Human Genetics; and the Human Cell Atlas. She is also the South African Ambassador to the Association of Ethics and Integrity (Association Ethique & Intégrité).


  • –present
    Researcher, Lecturer, Non-practicing Attorney , University of KwaZulu-Natal


  • 2020 
    University of KwaZulu-Natal , PhD (degree complete, to be conferred)
  • 2007 
    University of KwaZulu Natal , Masters of Law

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Responsible Research and Innovation in Genome Editing
  • South African Society for Human Genetics
  • Human Cell Atlas
  • Association Ethique et intégrité