Professor. Collet Dandara

Professor. Collet Dandara

Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.


Collet Dandara is a Full Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The University of Cape Town is the leading University on the African continent based on University rankings. Professor Dandara teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Faculty of Health sciences, courses in Genetics and Genomics. He specialises in pharmacogenomics (PGx) with a focus on diseases prevalent in African populations. He has contributed in the research on the pharmacogenetics of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Professor Dandara also contributes to research in Genetic susceptibility and monogenic disorders. He has published at least 115 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is among the leading pharmacogenomics researchers on the African continent. He has trained many postgraduate students as both supervisor and co-supervisor, with 27Honours, 20MSc, 11PhD and 5 post-doctoral research fellows. In addition to academic work, Professor Dandara is involved in community engagement projects where he participates in the mentorship of high school learners in poor townships in South Africa and Zimbabwe. He also runs a successful career guidance program that brings high school learners to university for a program that exposes them to different life sciences career choices.