Janetta Harbron

Dr Janetta Harbron



Full-time senior lecturer



PhD Physiological Sciences (Stellenbosch University) 2011

MSc Nutritional Sciences cum laude (Stellenbosch University) 2004

BSc Dietetics (Stellenbosch University) 2000


Registration/Membership of Societies

Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA)

Western Cape Executive Board ADSA: Communications Officer


Brief work history 

Before joining UCT in 2009, Janetta lectured nutrition at Stellenbosch University, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the University of Cape Town in a part time capacity for a period of five years, while continuing her studies in nutrition and genetics and running a private practice.  Her private practice experience was mostly focused on the management of obesity, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome as well as sports nutrition.  Her special interest lies in sports nutrition and the dietary treatment of obesity and other chronic diseases of lifestyle such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Since 2008, she has also been serving as nutrition research consultant on a NIH funded project concerning alcohol consumption and pregnancy outcomes in USA and RSA populations run by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Stellenbosch University.


Teaching Focus

Nutrition Science

Clinical Nutrition

Community Nutrition


Research Focus

Intervention programs with dietary, physical activity and behavioural treatment components for obesity, metabolic syndrome and chronic diseases of lifestyle such as diabetes and CVD.

CDLs and CDL risk factors; Nutritional genomics; Sports nutrition; Dietary methodology.


Contact details

Tel: (021) 406 6310