Dr Marise Heyns

Course convenor: Biomedical Forensic Science

Dr Heyns is the convenor of the Biomedical Forensic Science Programmes at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She started her career with a PhD degree in Zoology before teaching dissection-based anatomy at the University of Pretoria (UP) for two years, followed by seven years at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). During this period, she completed an MBA at the University  of Stellenbosch (US), graduating cum laude. She also received the Director’s award for academic achievement and leadership. She spent seven years at Queens University (Belfast) Northern Ireland where she was awarded a QUB Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her exposure to forensics and the reality of crime in South Africa prompted her to return to South Africa in 2011.

Passionate to contribute to the fight against crime, Dr Heyns has dedicated het time to the training of postgraduate students to generate research and knowledge in the field of forensics, applicable to the South African situation. She has more than 30 years of experience in academia with more than 100 conference proceedings and several international, peer reviewed publications. She is a member of six professional learned societies and has supervised more than 40 post graduate students. She serves as external examiner for other forensic courses in South Africa and is currently involved in research in with a focus on forensic entomology, medico-legal death investigation, trauma and marine decomposition. She is also a founding member of the South African Academy of Forensic Sciences (SAAFS), a representative body for the Forensic Science sector in South Africa.