Marietjie has transitioned from a 20-year career as practicing attorney in health law and biotechnology to academia focussing on interdisciplinary research in the intersection between science, technology and law. She holds the degrees of BProc, LLB, LLM (Intellectual Property Law) and a PhD (Biotechnology Law).
In 2019 Marietjie joined the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal as a postdoctoral researcher in the Health Law and Bioethics research group lead by Prof Thaldar where she focussed on the governance of advanced biotechnical therapies, ethics pertaining to stem cell and genetic research, privacy issues relating to health information and data sharing and commercialisation. Marietjie also teaches Medical Law, Human Rights and Ethical Theories to medical students at the School of Health Sciences, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
On 1 April 2021 Marietjie joined Prof Gabriele Lenzini’s IRiSC Research Group at the SnT Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability Security and Trust, University of Luxembourg, as a postdoctoral researcher where she focuses on Ethical, Legal, Social and Technical issues around Biotechnologies, Data Protection and Cybersecurity of Medical Devices and Digital Health, data governance and digital ethics.
Additionally, she is still collaborating with comic artists and scientists to communicate their work to a broader audience and to redesign clinical research consent models fit for the future.