René is the Head Technician in the Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology, providing services on a technical and administrative level with the management of laboratory work and general administration. She is passionate for students to succeed in life and acts not only as a laboratory technician but also as a tutor and mentor to students. Rene believes with the right direction that the students under her care will grow to be valuable contributors to the department and the South African society. René is involved in community work in her personal capacity and at the university (involved in Junior Scientist workshops and the National Science Week for schools). René holds a BSc Hon, M.Comm and MSc from the University of Johannesburg and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the university.