It's in our DNA

We have a specialist team of molecular geneticists, genetic counsellors and medical doctors that are able to work closely with you to fulfil our mission – helping build healthy families.

Dr. Yvonne Holt

  • MBBCh (Wits), Diploma in Child Healthcare, Diploma in Transfusion Medicine.
  • Chief Medical Officer

Yvonne Holt graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand 1997 with a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (MBBCH Wits). Yvonne worked as a Medical Officer in the departments of Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology for 4 years after graduation, and obtained a Diploma in Child Health (DCH) during this time.

In 2006, Yvonne’s interest in the fields of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and stem cell technology brought her to a new career path when she joined Next Biosciences as Medical Director. In this capacity, Yvonne is responsible for the medical development of the stem cell program at Next Biosciences and highlighting the benefits of this new technology. In 2011, Yvonne completed a 2 year, internationally recognised Diploma in Transfusion Medicine through the University of Bloemfontein.

With Next Biosciences expanding services, Yvonne remains responsible and oversees all medical development and laboratory management of the new services.

Dr. Musa Mhlanga

  • BS (Georgetown University), PhD (NYU School of Medicine).
  • International Scientific Adviser

Dr. Musa Mhlanga is a cell biologist who holds a PhD in cell biology & molecular genetics from the New York University School of Medicine (2003). He began his PhD at Rockefeller University and upon completion of his doctoral work he was awarded a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the Institut Pasteur in Paris to work in the laboratory of nuclear cell biology.

In June 2008 he joined the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CISR) in Pretoria, South Africa where he headed the Synthetic Biology Program, and was the research group leader of the Laboratory of Gene Expression and Biophysics. He currently leads a major translational research initiative at the University of Cape Town.

Dr. Mhlanga also holds a visiting faculty appointment to Harvard Medical School and to the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Lisbon, Portugal. He is the founder of three early stage Biotech start-up companies in France, United States and South Africa.

Kajel Somaroo

  • BSc Honours Genetics (Wits)
  • Laboratory Manager and Medical Scientist (Molecular Biology)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

Kajel obtained her BSc (Hons) in Developmental Biology and Genetics from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, in 2010. She then completed a two-year internship in the department of Somatic Cell Genetics at the National Health Laboratory Service where she obtained her registration as a Medical Biological Scientist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. In 2014, Kajel joined Genesis Genetics South Africa. Kajel then went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration with Milpark Business School in 2017. She uses her scientific and business knowledge to drive efficient services whilst maintaining excellent patient care.


Carlene Chitters

  • Medical Technologist (Cytogenetics)
  • BTech Biomedical Technology (CPUT)

Carlene obtained her BTech in Biomedical Technology at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa and completed her two-year internship in the Department of Cytogenetics at the National Health Laboratory Service.  In 2007 she obtained her registration as a Medical Technologist in the category of cytogenetics with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Carlene has over ten years of experience in diagnostic genetics and joined Genesis Genetics South Africa in 2016.

Renee Briers

  • Medical Technologist (Cytogenetics)
  • NDip. Biomedical Technology (TUT)

Renee obtained her NDip in Biomedical Technology from Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa, in 2015. She completed her internship in the Department of Cytogenetics at a private national laboratory in 2016, after which she obtained her registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Medical Technologist in the discipline Cytogenetics. Renee joined the Genesis Genetics South Africa team in 2017 and is currently completing her BTech qualification in Biomedical Technology.


Kirosha Soorajpal

  • BHSc (Honours) Forensic Science
  • Patient Service Manager

Kirosha obtained her Bachelors of Health Sciences (Honours) in Forensic Sciences from University of Witwatersrand in 2013. During her Masters tenure (MSc Forensic Sciences), she worked part time in operations and completed her postgraduate diploma in business administration (PDBA) at Wits Business School. She joined the Genesis Genetics team as Patient Services Manager, where she has the platform to combine her interest in operations and the desire to help people.

Kim Steyn

  • BCom (Marketing)
  • Patient Service Manager

Kim completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing at the University of Pretoria. Having traveled extensively she returned to South Africa and worked in the medical device industry for cochlear and dental implants. After a short relocation to Cape Town, Kim joined Next Biosciences in 2015 as Client Services Manager for Netcells and has now joined the Patient Services team at Genesis Genetics.

Kay Mashaba

  • Bsc Biochemistry & Chemistry
  • Patient Service Consultant

Kay obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Chemistry from the University of Johannesburg in 2016. During her studies, she worked part-time as a research assistant in medicinal chemistry. She later joined a pharmaceutical company’s patient support programme where she helped patients have access to specialised services and medication.She joined the Genesis Genetics team as a Patient Service Consultant in 2017.