Kimberleigh Tommy is currently a PhD candidate at the Human Variation and Identification Research Unit at the School of Anatomical Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. She was awarded her Masters of Science (MSc) degree with distinction (and no corrections) from The University of the Witwatersrand, specialising in palaeoanthropology in 2018. Her research focuses on the evolution of upright walking and how we can apply this knowledge to better understanding how our lifestyles affects our bones in terms of injury and bone disease.
She is also currently a postgraduate blogger for the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) where she discusses important topics related to the postgraduate journey such as mental health awareness and the importance of diversity. Kimberleigh is the former Science Communication Officer at the Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences where she worked toward increasing public awareness regarding South African and African Palaeosciences.
In 2017, she was named one of the Top 20 Postgraduate writers in South Africa by Science Today. She was also a nominee in the 2018 Inspiring Fifty South Africa initiative by Co Create South Africa in partnership with the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Kimberleigh is an advocate for the representation of women and people in colour in STEM fields and for transformation of academic spaces and curricula.