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Sisters Kerryn and Lynsey Houston receiving their
MSc and BSc (Geological Sciences) degrees respectively.

The parents of Kerryn and Lynsey Houston had double cause to celebrate as both their daughters were awarded top-class degrees by UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science on 17 April.  Whilst Lynsey was awarded her BSc in Geological Sciences summa cum laude, Kerryn received her MSc in Biology cum laude.

Kerryn’s Masters dissertation was titled “Epigenetic Silencing of the Glucocorticoid Receptor in Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells”.

‘Kerryn produced an excellent thesis on the epigenetic profile of small cell lung cancer cells and is now embarking on a PhD to identify whether similar epigenetic marks are found in patients diagnosed with this deadly disease,’ said her supervisor, Dr Paula Sommer of UKZN’s School of Life Sciences on the Westville campus.

‘It was a great honour and accomplishment to graduate with my MSc, and qualify to do my doctorate,’ said Kerryn.  ‘It was especially gratifying that my hard work was recognised and awarded cum laude.’

Lynsey was equally pleased with her results.  ‘It was a really nice surprise to find out that I graduated summa cum laude, and it’s a great feeling to know that all my hard work paid off in the end,’ she said.

 Lynsey has a bursary with AngloGold Ashanti, so at the beginning of next year she will be moving up to North-West Province to work at one of their mines for the next few years.  During 2013, she will be pursuing an Honours degree in Geological Sciences.

‘We are indeed very proud and grateful parents. Our daughters have both been blessed with good brains and they work really hard.  Their results speak for themselves,’ said their father, Ian Houston.