Jennifer de Beyer

Scientist

A lack of excellence is what inspires one to action. It is this belief that drives 24-your-old Jennifer de Beyer whose love of science has seen her excel in the field. Currently studying for a DPhil in systems biology at the University of Oxford, with funding from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, she is also one of a handful of students who presented at the 13th Workshop of the International Study Group for Systems Biology in 2008. Raised in Pinelands, in the Western Cape, De Beyer was raised with a passionate interest in the world, in which learning and exploring everything became instinctual. Coupled with her belief that exploration and an appreciation for creation draws one closer to God, she is living her dream researching biological questions. � Liesl Venter

Lunch spot: Hillcrest Berry Farm, Stellenbosch