Dr Alina Esterhuizen

Genetics Researcher, Pathology Department

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the genetics of neurological diseases, specifically epilepsy and neuromuscular disorders. As a scientist heading the molecular diagnostic service for Human Genetics at the NHLS/UCT, my research focus is strongly translational, aiming to gain insights into the aetiology of genetically complex disorders, through relevant and translatable genomic research whose outputs can be used to design effective laboratory and clinical protocols. The results and gradual translation of our research into the genetic architecture of early-onset epilepsies, exemplifies the potential impact of local research on the diagnostic protocols of resource-constrained settings, including the application of precision medicine approaches.

Research Areas

Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience • Neurogenetics