Janice Williamson (Sargent) received her M.Sc in Zoology (Genetics) from the Rand Afrikaans University (Now University of Johannesburg, South Africa) in 2000 and is currently doing her PhD in Botany (Molecular Biology and Systematics specializing in Cycads, Enchephalartos species). She is a Lecturer in the Department of Botany and Plant biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg, lecturing Biology for B.Sc. students and Life Sciences FET for education students and she is one of the members of the African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB). The ACDB mission is to fill the knowledge gap and strengthen research frameworks for international, regional and inter-institutional co-operation in Africa in the field of DNA technology for biodiversity science. Her research focuses on molecular phylogenetics, comparative analyses and intensive fieldwork of all the South African Encephalartos (Zamiaceae) species where DNA barcoding in applied to combat wildlife crime. The objective is to ensure conservation of biodiversity of the different cycad species in Africa.
- 1993 Best 2nd year presentation – Parasitology
- 1998 ANASPEC prize for the best M.Sc. presentation at Zoology Colloquium
- 2016 3rd Best PhD presentation at Botany Symposium