Shana De Bruyn-Orr began her studies in medical bioscience at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. She graduated her BSc with a summa cum laude in 2017, she continued on to complete her honors degree in 2018 graduating with a cum laude. In 2019-2020 she obtained her MSc in Nanoscience. In 2021 she started her Ph.D. at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology were she is currently completing her degree under the supervision of Dr. Mariska Lilly and Co-supervision of Dr. Stefan Abel. Her research has ranged from cardiovascular, cancer and radiation, nanotechnology and now phytomedicine and gut-health.