After obtaining her PhD in Breast Cancer Research she worked at Tygerberg Medical School (Stellenbosch University) in the Department of Medical Biochemistry for 9 years. Gael piloted studies in the fields of Tuberculosis and HIV which were funded by Glaxo Smith Kline. She was also a supervisor to numerous students and lectured several honors students. Dr Baines has several 1st author publications (in her maiden name Dr Fenhalls) and has been cited over 380 times on Google.