Karine Scheuermaier MD, MNSc

Dr. Karine Scheuermaier is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrandin Johannesburg, South Africa and since April 2018, became the Assistant Professor of Global Health at Utrecht University/Scientific Coordinator for the Ndlovu Cohort Study within the Ndlovu Care Group. Dr. Scheuermaier has a dual clinical and research background: she specialized in Clinical Haematology in Paris, France and subsequently did a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Division of Sleep.


Medicine and Circadian Disorders at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. There she investigated age-related changes in sleep and circadian rhythms and the effects of light on sleep, alertness and cognition in older adults. She then took up a lectureship at the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand (a.k.a Wits University) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research shifted towards investigating the relationship between sleep, circadian rhythms and health, focusing on population-based studies in urban and rural South Africa. In addition to her research focus, she is also involved in lecturing Physiology and Statistics at the University of the Witwatersrand.