Meet the Twirling Scientist

Hi, I’m The Twirling Scientist. Let me quickly tell you why I’m a “twirling” “scientist”.

I started dancing when I was 3 years old when my mom took me to my first Ballet class. When I was 7 years old, I also started doing tap and contemporary dance. At 16, I completed all my dance training and had no more dance exams to complete. This all happened just in time before I hurt my knee cartilage during a cheerleading practice (yes, I also did cheerleading, but not seriously at all). Still, dancing stayed a big part of my life. I was always busy with musical theatre and revue during high school. But, dancing in South Africa isn’t really a feasible career option, so I opted for my second love, science.

I studied Biochemistry and Human Physiology at undergraduate level, Biochemistry for an Honours degree, and during my Masters, I switched over to Bioinformatics and Computational Molecular Biology. Now I’m busy with my PhD degree in Biochemistry and (hopefully) will complete it during the next few months.

What kept me sane during all my years of study, was teaching dancing to kids. I started being a part-time dance teacher and choreographer in 2011, and still going strong.

My Approach

I have always been interested in health and the science behind health and fitness – what we call epigenetics. What you do, eat, if you are active, even what you think, etc. will all have an impact on your genes (DNA) and what you carry over to your kids, and their kids.

I will always be honest in my posts, no matter what. I will try introduce difficult scientific concepts in a very easily understandable way so that everyone can understand it. And through this, I will try make you understand why it is important to look after your health and well-being.

But most importantly, I WILL ALWAYS BE HONEST.

Any comments or questions?

If you ever have any comments or questions regarding any of my posts, please feel free to tell me or ask.